Cebu a ‘promising’ venue for Apec Summit meetings-A A +A
Friday, February 7, 2014
CEBU may host four to six meetings during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit next year.
This was disclosed by Ambassador Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, Apec’s deputy director general for conference services, after she and other Apec officials paid Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama a courtesy call at City Hall yesterday.
Catalina told Sun.Star Cebu that they have been here in Cebu for two days already to inspect possible sites of the Apec Summit meetings.
Most of the places they visited were hotels in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu because they are looking for conference sites, she said.
When asked about their assessment, Catalina said: “Cebu has a promise of becoming a good and important site for the series of Apec meetings.”
Catalina could not say yet what specific areas are being eyed as venue for the Apec meetings, saying it is the Apec National Organizing Council that will decide.
“What we will do is just make an assessment and submit a report to them regarding our ocular inspection after we complete all our visits. We will submit our report by the end of the month,” she said.
Today, Catalina’s group will be in Davao City to check possible venues for other Apec meetings.
They will also go to Bacolod City and Iloilo City to check other possible venues.
In Lapu-Lapu City, the City Government will be busy clearing its sidewalks and repairing dilapidated roads in the coming months as it prepares for the summit.
Among the resorts being eyed as venue is the Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort and Spa, which was also one of the venues of the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nation Summit in 2007.
Radaza said the City has started clearing sidewalks and removing structures that encroach on road easement.
“Our priority is the roads. We will coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways to make sure also that they consider the Apec Summit in implementing their projects,” she said.
Radaza earlier lamented the slow progress of the widening of the Mactan Island Circumferential Road, a project of the National Government.
As of Wednesday, Radaza said the project was 60 to 65 percent complete.
The mayor said the City Engineering Office is now identifying houses that encroach on the easement of roads.
Ambulant vendors have also been given notices to remove their illegal structures.
The organizers of the summit will hold regular meetings with local government units (LGUs) hosting the meetings.
Radaza said the primary task of the LGUs is to ensure smooth traffic, peace and order, and cleanliness.
The City also plans to install new traffic lights, instead of repairing those that are no longer working.
Radaza said the repair of the old traffic lights will cost the City more than replacing these.
Radaza said she may seek financial help from the Department of Tourism as she believes traffic lights are important to serve tourists better.
She said the City is also looking at installing closed-circuit television cameras along with new traffic lights.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2014.