Iloilo City, Boracay gear up for high level meetings
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
TWO areas in Western Visayas are in frantic state in preparation for high level meetings for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippines.
Based on information from the APEC-National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC), six regions in the country are officially designated as APEC sites.
The host regions are Metro Manila representing the National Capital Region; Bagac, Bataan and Clark, Pampanga in Central Luzon; Tagaytay City in Cavite for CALABARZON; Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol; Boracay, Aklan and Iloilo City in Western Visayas; and Metropolitan Cebu in Central Visayas.
Iloilo City has been assigned to host meetings on Small Medium Enterprises (SME) on September 21-25, 2015 and Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) on September 28 to October 6, 2015.
Both meetings have a combined attendance of 1,600 delegates who will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center in Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao district.
PDEA: Some foreign students involved in drug syndicate
By: Louine Hope Conserva
ILONGGAS with foreigner boyfriends, beware!
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said it is monitoring foreign exchange students in Iloilo who might have links to an illegal drug syndicate.
PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma particularly warned Ilonggas who are in a relationship with foreign students to be wary of their partners.
Ledesma said they received a report from the PDEA national office on the presence of foreign students who are believed to be members of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS).
Ledesma said it is possible that these students might marry Ilonggas and use them as drug mules.
What to expect from PNoy’s SONA
By: Louine Hope Conserva & Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
ASIDE from a list of achievements and promises, people can expect protests when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 28.
It is expected that President Aquino will brag about his administration’s feats but the public is anticipating a renewed defence of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional.
The President is also expected to throw brickbats at his critics and to blame the previous administration for the country’s woes.
Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. expects the President to take up the pork barrel and DAP issues aside from the anti-poverty programs he initiated.
Atty. Raul Anlocotan, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) assistant regional director, said they want PNoy to discuss the economic growth of the country.