28 January 2015

APEC avenue for improving RP’s tourism, claims Palace

Presidential communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. yesterday noted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) events as a way to promote the Philippines as a key tourist destination, saying that it will pave way to a robust economy and create livelihood for Filipinos.

“We should continue to build the image of our country as a favors tourist destination because this will be the way for a healthy economy and will create opportunities in livelihood for out citizens,” Coloma said.

The Palace official also said that efforts for ongoing talks in the Apec and the Philippines hosting it will help shape the economy in a better way, as preliminary talks begin in Central Luzon.

“The whole year, meetings will be held in different provinces and cities of the country to the point of the actual summit of Economic Leaders which will be held in Manila,” Coloma said.

The Apec’s Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM-1) — the Apec kick-off event — has begun earlier this week, where the Palace reiterated that the event would again tackle pursuing policies and programs on trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation.

Representatives from the 21 Apec member-countries are attending the Apec-SOM1 in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga and Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales. (Joshua L. Labonera, The Daily Tribune)