Human security dialogue a priority in Apec

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

DISCUSSIONS on human security will be the topmost agenda in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit next week, the Palace said Sunday.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the agenda also includes the discussion of Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific that expired in 2008.

It will also tackle the need for a balance, inclusive, sustainable and knowledge-based economic growth, and the strengthening capacity of Apec members.


"Yung human security ay may four components -- counter-terrorism measures, emergency and disaster preparedness, promoting food security, and countering infectious diseases," Coloma explained.

"Yun po ang hararapin ng ating Pangulo sa pag-attend niya sa plenary sessions at bilateral meetings. Yan ang general agenda na pinag-aaralan ng Pangulo ngayon," Coloma said.

The Apec summit is scheduled on November 12 to 15 in Yokohoma, Japan.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III earlier said he will utilize the trip to appeal to his fellow heads of states to go slow on issuing travel advisories against the Philippines.

Last week, six countries (France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States) issued travel warnings against the Philippines based on reports of imminent terror attacks.

Included in Aquino's lean delegation are Secretaries Alberto Romulo (Department of Foreign Affairs), Cesar Purisima (Department of Finance), and Gregory Domingo (Department of Trade and Industry).

The rest of the delegation is still being finalized, but Aquino’s speechwriter (Carmen “Mai" Mislang), who drew flak for her unwanted Twitter comments against Vietnam during the President’s visit the other week, will not be included. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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