CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Police Provincial Office (PPO), as early as now, are preparing for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be held at Clark Freeport in November this year.
Governor Lilia Pineda has ordered the Pampanga PPO to station police personnel in Clark this month to check on constructions being done within the vicinity of the summit venue.
The governor Lilia also asked the Pampanga PPO to clear all issues in relation to security and public safety, including the recent “tanim-droga” incident wherein some officers from Mabalacat Police District have been accused of planting methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu on six men they arrested on Dau, Mabalacat last April 24.
For his part, Pampanga Police Director Senior Superintendent Joel R. Consulta presented their security preparations and augmentations for the ASEAN summit during the recently concluded Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council meet held at Kingsborough International Convention Center here.
He said the police will provide area security coverage and other public safety services to “ensure safety and friendly atmosphere for all the delegates and leaders of the ASEAN Summit.”
In his report during the council meeting, Consulta said that they will be assigning task groups for specified duties and areas who will be reporting from the main headquarters in Camp Crame.
The ASEAN Summit is a semi-annual meeting spearheaded by the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that tackles economic and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.
This year, the Philippines will be hosting the 31st ASEAN Leader Summit and the special celebration of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary. The event set from Nov. 10 to 14 is expected to be attended by 27 Leaders and 4,341 delegates.