Davao setting sights on 2015 APEC hosting

Subscribe Now November 29, 2012 at 09:30am

The local government is rolling out the red carpet for representatives of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) secretariat today until the weekend as the city bids to host the Leaders’ Summit in 2015, an official said. Roberto P. Alabado III, officer-in-charge of the City Planning and Development Office, said the visiting team will check facilities such as hotels, infrastructure, transportation, hospitals and event venue.

A possible choice to hold the event here "will send a message to the whole world that Mindanao, or Davao City in particular, is ready for investments," Mr. Alabado said.

The Philippines last hosted the APEC summit in Subic during the Ramos administration in November 1996.

Mr. Alabado said the APEC delegation will be brought to the Public Safety Command Center, with its state-of-the-art control room and "Big Brother" technology, as well as the 911 Central Command.

Davao City is the first local government in the country to install a 911 system, with the help of Aboitiz-owned Davao Light and Power Co., where residents can dial a three-digit access line and be patched to the police or medical team depending on the need.

Mr. Alabado said the team would also be shown the SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center, the first outside Luzon, which can accommodate as much as 5,000 guests at a given time.

During the APEC Summit in Russia last Sept. 2-9, the Philippines was chosen through the Leaders’ Declaration to host the summit in 2015, following Indonesia and China, which would host the event in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Just last week, Davao City also hosted the delegation from the Ad Congress.

The local government, in cooperation with the regional office of the Tourism department, is also proposing to host the biennial event next year.

Source: bworldonline.com

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