‘All set’ for 3rd ASEAN meeting in Bohol, says PA

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard conduct patrols off the resort town of Panglao. |File Photo: PCG Panglao

Bohol is now ready to host finance ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in what will be the third meeting of delegates of the 10-nation bloc in the province this year.

Acting provincial administrator John Mitchell Boiser on Wednesday told dyRD Balita that preparations for the conference at a resort in Panglao has been completed less than a week before the activity.

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Around 200 delegates from the 10 ASEAN countries are expected to join the event on October 23 to 25, said Boiser.

Department of Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez is also set to attend the conference.

Meanwhile, government security forces including the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have already started to implement tight security measures.

In earlier gatherings of foreign delegates in the province earlier this year, government security forces deployed hundreds of personnel to guard meeting locations of delegates and surrounding areas.

The province of Bohol, particularly Panglao, has successfully hosted two ASEAN meetings and the 34-nation Asian Cooperation Dialogue this year.

The latest ASEAN gathering was held on September 19 to 21.

A maritime task force for the conference was formed to enforce no-sail and no-fly zones and to implement heightened security in waters off Panglao.

The composite team was comprised of the PCG, Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police Maritime Group and PCG Auxiliary.

Around 200 delegates from the ASEAN including ministers and their staff joined the meeting at a resort in Panglao. (RT)



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