Gov. Davide gets update on Apec summit preparations

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


SOME 2,000 delegates are expected to converge in Cebu for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year.

Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, deputy director general for conference management services under the Office of the President, said four of the 21 meetings will be held in Cebu in August, September.

Sta. Catalina and other members of the Apec management team met with Gov. Hilario Davide III at the latter's office yesterday.

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They gave him updates on summit preparations.

"We are hosting Apec as part of our commitment in the membership we have committed to Apec. The Philippines has been a member to Apec for the past 25 years. We hosted in 1996. It's our third again in 2015," she said.

Sta. Catalina said the first meeting in August will be the senior officials meeting. The three other ministerial meetings are transportation, energy and finance.

Sta. Catalina said the meetings will be held in separate hotels.

Giving a helping hand

"Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines. It has become a hub for development, for economic enterprise, and, you know, development for the country," she said.

In a press conference, Davide said the Province will help the national committee prepare for the events.

However, he said the National Government will shoulder the cost of logistics and expenses for the preparations.

He said a local committee composed of members of the private sector was created to help, in addition to another committee whose members will include the vice governor and the provincial tourism officer.

The governor said the Province will provide security for the delegates, adding that police personnel from Bohol and Negros Oriental will augment forces of the Cebu Provincial Police Office.

He said the local government units (LGUs) that will be involved in the summit are the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue.

Davide said the only time they'll be shelling out money is if they decide to host a dinner for the guests.

"Of course we also take advantage that Cebu will be venue. We have to put our best foot forward," he said.

One of the advantages of holding some of the meetings here in Cebu is that the National Government will fix or improve roads that will be traversed by the delegates.

"Makabenefit pud ta niana, mabilin mana diri sa ato (The roads will still be here long after the summit is over)," Davide said. FMG

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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