09 December 2010

Subic to host 26th ASEAN Council of Teachers confab

Representatives from eight teachers associations in the Southeast Asian region, as well as some international groups, will be meeting in this free port on December 10-12 for the 26th ASEAN Council of Teachers (ACT) Convention.

The convention, which will be held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC), will be hosted by the Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA), an organization composed of more than 200,000 public school teachers all over the country employed under the Department of Education (DepEd).

In a letter to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator Armand Arreza, PPSTA president Mario Ramirez said the three-day convention will convene more than 1,000 public school teachers, half of whom are expected to arrive from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and South Korea.

“We have decided to hold the convention and all incidental events relative thereto right in the heart of Subic,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said that the Subic Freeport has all the essential features an ideal venue should have, including superior access and available facilities, as well as tourism attractions that convention delegates may wish to visit during the activity.

The Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center — now the biggest convention facility in the country — can easily seat 5,000 persons comfortably, with plenty of spaces for exhibit booths and displays, as well as for dining, lounging and parking.

Most importantly, the convention venue is located at the heart of Subic and just minutes away from duty-free shops, restaurants, hotels, and health spas. The venue is also close to beaches, theme parks and other recreational and eco-tourism parks in the free port.

“These features guarantee remarkable experience that each delegate will enjoy during their stay here,” Ramirez added.

Meanwhile, Arreza expressed appreciation for PPSTA’s decision to host the convention in Subic, noting that this simply means that Subic is a better option for meetings, conferences, conventions and exhibits of any size.

He added that the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center has been the venue of numerous international conferences because of its outstanding features. (SBMA Corporate Communications)