ASEAN delegates to meet in Bohol anew

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Flags of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member-states fly at the Henann Resort in Panglao on April 19, the start of the 10-member organization’s three-day conference in Bohol.|Photo: Eunice Tinio

For the third time this year, Bohol will host an inter-nation dialogue among foreign dignitaries.

This time, the province will be the venue for a conference joined by the finance ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Governor Edgar Chatto on Tuesday.

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The high-level talks will be held in September, although no specific date and duration were given by Chatto who made the announcement during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting.

Bohol has played host to some of the yearlong ASEAN Summit’s meetings in April and the 34-nation Asian Cooperation Dialogue earlier this month.

Chatto earlier today met with the regional leaders of various government security and intelligence agencies to discuss the security measures for the 10-nation bloc’s meeting next month.

Police regional director Chief Supt. Jose Espino, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief Susan Vallor, Chief Supt. Nestor Bergonia of the ASEAN National Organizing Committee and 302nd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Matanguihan joined Chatto during the security briefing.

During the previous international meetings in Bohol, large auxiliary forces from the police, military and other government agencies were sent to the province to ensure the safety of visiting delegates.

ASEAN conferences in Bohol last April included talks between the members of the AHKFTA (Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN and Hong Kong) Trade Negotiating Committee and related meetings while the ACD was highlighted by the bloc’s Energy Working Group Meeting and the 1st East Asia Energy Forum. (R. Tutas)



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