Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto today thanked all Pasayenos and visitors of the City for their restraint and discipline displayed during the Pope Francis’ five-day Visit to the Philippines.
Mayor Calixto said that “Pasay, the Travel City, was the first and last stop of Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines. The window of the country was first and last gleaned at the Villamor Airbase and Roxas Blvd., both in the City of Pasay.”
The SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay with a maximum seating capacity of 20,000 was also the venue of Pope Francis’ “Meeting with the Families” held last January 16.
An estimate of almost 4 million people have packed Roxas Blvd, the Edsa Extension towards the MOA globe and the SM Arena parking lot and grounds during the same Papal activity. There are only three cities in the country that the Holy Father set foot on — Manila, Tacloban and Pasay.
“I am thanking all Pasayenos and the visitors who visited the City to see the Pope for their cooperation and discipline on this five-day historic event,” Mayor Calixto added.
The discipline demonstrated by Pasayenos during the Papal Visit was even noted by the National Agencies as mentioned by the media.
The Pasay Chief Local Executive also expressed gratitude to all the City Government’s Departments and Offices which have tirelessly provided support to the National Organizing Committee of the Papal Visit including security from the Pasay PNP; traffic management from the Pasay Traffic Management Office, and, quick emergency response from the Pasay Rescue whose seven (7) stations posted along the Papal route have reported to have responded to minor medical cases such as dizziness, among others.
Mayor Calixto also thanked the Pasay Tricycle and Pedicab Franchise Regulatory Office (TPFRO) for being the City’s Central Communications as well as the Pasay Public Information Office for real-time tradititional and social media advisories.
“City Adminstrator Acorda ably organized and operationalized the City’s response to the National Papal Visit Plan. Pasay is more than ready for the coming APEC Summit Meeting this year as yet again Pasay is in the forefront of this awaited gathering of world leaders in the country” Mayor Calixto stressed.