PHL prepares to welcome 9 other ASEAN leaders in the 30th ASEAN Summit
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The government is busy preparing for the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in the Philippines from April 26 to 29.
The other nine leaders from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will attend this event.
Chief of Presidential Protocol and Director General for operations ASEAN NOC Ambassador Marciano Paynor said, “On 29th April which is the actual summit, we will have all 10 leaders meeting up at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and we’ll have a retreat at the Coconut Palace. They will return to PICC for the rest of the meetings. And this will be culminated by a gala dinner hosted by the President.”
Coinciding with the ASEAN Summit are the state visits of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to the country.
Ambassador Paynor said the government’s preparation for ASEAN Summit 2017 is much shorter than the APEC Summit in 2015.
Factors which may have affected this are the turnover of the administration and the complicated process under the procurement laws.
However, the official assures that they are beefing up the security measures.
Ambassador Paynor reasoned, “Because of this most recent incident, we are beefing up our security elements.”
President Duterte will be busy next week since he will be hosting for the first time an international engagement.
The event is significant since aside from the Philippines chairmanship, ASEAN will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Amb. Paynor added, “Now that he is hosting, he did say, ‘Oh, hindi lang pala ganoon kadali.’ [ Oh, it’s was really that easy.] So, we are running him through what he needs to do from 10 — in fact, from 9:30 in the morning all the way up to the finish the following day in Davao.”
Meanwhile, Ambassador Paynor confirmed that United States President Donald Trump will be visiting the Philippines in November 2017 for the ASEAN meeting.
“When President Duterte called him up to congratulate him [Trump], had already indicated that he was coming in November. So, at least verbally, he said he is coming,” the official said. — Rosalie Coz, UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In preparation for the upcoming 11th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) next week the Task Group Clark ASEAN 2017, composed of cops from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region-3; soldiers; and personnel from other government agencies like the departments of interior and local government, health, and social welfare and development, have been deployed to Clark Field, Pampanga.
Among the areas they will strictly monitor and guard against lawless elements, are the Clark International Airport, the hotels where the delegates are expected to stay and the venue of their meetings.
The PNP called on the public to cooperate with the security measures authorities will enforce within and around Clark.
Although the entire Clark will remain open to the public during the big event, the police will set up checkpoints at all of its gates.
“There will be security inspection in all gates going inside Clark, so there will be vehicle inspection in some areas, there will be under vehicle inspection in some areas also. then we will be using K9, NEDD’s in some areas and gates,” said PNP Regional Director Task Group Clark Commander PCSupt. Amador Corpuz
Authorities will also implement a re-routing scheme on roads near the venue of the ASEAN meetings.
The police said that although it receives no threats, it will remain on high alert.
“As of now when it comes to threat of terrorism we did not receive any direct threat to the activity but of course we are preparing more than that and we have designed some scenarios in relation those threats,” said Commander Corpuz.
The PNP hopes that the conduct of the ASEAN Summit in the province will become orderly and peaceful. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of foreign affairs (DFA) considers the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) leader’s summit as the biggest meeting to be hosted by the Philippines, this year’s ASEAN chairman.
The summit will run from the 13th to the 15th of November.
According to the DFA, one of the topics that would be discussed in the meeting is the creation of a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea to the east the tension among the countries claiming sovereignty over the said body of water.
“Of course when there is tension, our fishermen are also affected. When the tension is too high, we could not talk well. We could not cooperate well on the matters that we should address,” said the DFA spokesperson.
Malacañang also confirmed that United States President Donald Trump will also attend the meeting.
The prime ministers of Japan, Australia, and Canada will also attend as well as the foreign minister of China.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also expected to participate in the summit to discuss the role of the regional bloc in the global fight against terrorism.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to prepare for the meeting in November.
About 9,000 policemen are to be deployed in metro manila and other areas across Luzon.
The biggest number of cops will be assigned to the civil disturbance management unit as to prepare for possible protests.
“We expect some protesters here although we are not expecting many but we have monitored that some groups want to hold a protest,” said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.
Authorities will also monitor the Clark City in Pampanga as the delegates are expected to land there.
The world leaders who will attend the summit are expected to start arriving in the Philippines on the eight of November.
Authorities will also conduct a series of dry runs on areas the convoy of delegates will pass through like SCTEX, NLEX, EDSA and Roxas Boulevard.
They will also implement a stop and go scheme every time a delegate will pass by.
The public is advised to expect more convoy dry runs in the coming days. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
Large parts of the U.S. territory are still without running water or electricity and are facing food shortages almost three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall there on September 20.
Still struggling without water or electricity, some of the families washing their clothes in the Anon River in ponce on the south side of the island.
They just say they are making the journey a family outing.
“So we’re taking advantage of the time to wash clothes because we have to do it and so we’re spending time with the kids and with the family. We brought stuff for a barbecue and we’re enjoying the day,” said Alexis Vega.
“We’re looking at it from a positive point of view and spending a lot of time with family. You have to do it. We have to. It’s going back to olden days,” said Heidi Vazquez.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the US amid questions over whether his administration has acted with enough urgency in helping distribute emergency supplies throughout the island. — Reuters
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