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STREETDWELLERS TO GET P4,000 EACH TO RENT HOMES DURING APEC; UNA - 'SHAMEFUL'
[Ilagan said that the government is willing to spend billions to host the Summit – P7.9 billion to be exact – but can’t put together a comprehensive plan to alleviate poverty and hunger. He noted that the P4,000 temporary housing assistance given by DSWD is at best a palliative or band-aid solution timed to make the administration look good in front of the visiting world leaders]


NOVEMBER 7 -APEC LIGHTS — Under the awesome lights, the stage is being set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, yesterday. (Ali Vicoy) Shameful. That’s how the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) described the government’s plan to “hide” street dwellers by giving them money to rent temporary homes during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. “Window dressing poverty remains as this administration’s biggest moral scandal. And now it is resorting to the same tactics it did when Pope Francis visited Manila in January,” Mon Ilagan, UNA spokesman and provincial coordinator, said. This developed as the officials announced that access to some of the busiest thoroughfares in Metro Manila will be limited to give way to the delegates attending the APEC Summit from November 16 to 20. According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), designated APEC lanes will be set up along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) during the duration of the summit: two innermost lanes from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City on both directions will strictly be used for authorized vehicles. Both directions of Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak Drive to NAIA Road, will be fully closed. BAND-AID SOLUTION Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo confirmed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is giving homeless families P4,000 to rent a temporary home during the APEC Summit, said UNA, the party of opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay. “Bakit kailangan mong itago sila? Para ba pagtakpan ang kapalpakan ng gobyerno? (Why do you need to keep them out of sight? To hide government’s own failure?),” Ilagan asked, adding “Yan ang nakakahiya (That is shameful).” Among the VIPs expected to be in the Philippines for the economic meetings are United States (US) President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ilagan said that the government is willing to spend billions to host the Summit – P7.9 billion to be exact – but can’t put together a comprehensive plan to alleviate poverty and hunger. He noted that the P4,000 temporary housing assistance given by DSWD is at best a palliative or band-aid solution timed to make the administration look good in front of the visiting world leaders. A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that hunger incidence in the country has increased from 12.7 percent in the 2nd quarter to 13.5 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2015. Another SWS survey showed that 11 million Filipinos considered themselves as poor. SWS said that in 2014, 54 percent of Filipinos considered themselves poor, a six percentage point rise from 48 percent in 2010, the year President Benigno S. Aquino III was proclaimed took over in Malacañang. READ MORE...RELATED, DSWD schedules ‘outreach activity’ for homeless families during APEC ...

ALSO Ambassador Paynor: Informal settlers cleared not to 'hide poverty', but for security

 
NOVEMBER 13 -A Filipino woman looks for recyclable materials beside vehicles that will be used for the coming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Manila, Philippines Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of vehicles are being prepared to be used to offer service to delegates to the venue, airport and hotels as preparations go under way. AP/Aaron Favila
— Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., chief of the organizing committee for the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, on Friday clarified that informal settlers along main roads were cleared for security reasons and not to "hide poverty."
"The reason that we remove our informal settlers along the main routes is really for security reasons. In security, we do everything we can. That is also the reason that we do not allow parking along these routes," Paynor said in an interview with ANC's Headstart. The ambassador said that the public should not make an issue of having to remove informal settlers along APEC lanes. Paynor added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would be more sensitive in handling the situation after the incident prior to the visit of Pope Francis in the country in January. READ: DSWD sent homeless families to Batangas resort during Pope visit | DSWD chief: Resort stay is ‘family camping’ for poor "I think it's being addressed properly," the ambassador said. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘With smiles and talent, Philippines 97% ready for APEC’


NOVEMBER 10 -PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez and Thomas McDonough, regional security officer of the US embassy, lead the turnover ceremony for explosives ordnance disposal equipment and remote robots donated by the US Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program at Camp Crame yesterday. The equipment will be used for the APEC summit later this month. MICHAEL VARCAS
The Philippines is 95 to 97 percent ready to host the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, according to the organizing team. APEC national organizing council director general Marciano Paynor Jr. said yesterday that the hosting will highlight Filipino talent and hospitality. “What we are doing now is just fine-tuning all of the details that need to be done… We are prepared to receive 20 economic leaders from the various members of APEC plus one head of state of another country… specifically, Colombia, who will be attending a meeting with the leaders,” Paynor told a press briefing. While the country cannot possibly match the pomp of previous hostings by wealthy APEC hosts, the Filipino smile and cultural presentations should be enough to impress the guests, Paynor said. “All of us are all smiles… Even if we get flooded, (people are still) smiling in the pictures that come out,” he said. APEC 2015 will have the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building A Better World,” with emphasis on investing in human capital development, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME)’s participation in regional and global markets, building sustainable and resilient communities amid disasters, and enhancing regional economic integration agenda. Explaining the emphasis on MSMEs, Paynor said “they comprise about 95 percent of our economy.” APEC leaders were expected to come up with a joint statement on various issues at the end of the summit. The government is fine-tuning details of the preparations such as motorcade movements between Makati and Roxas Boulevard where summit venue the Philippine International Convention Center is located. Paynor said there would be no need for blaring sirens because the leaders would have the streets all to themselves and “at this point, everyone is already aware” of the arrangement. Paynor said the government has allocated P10 billion for the country’s hosting of the summit, from preparations that started in December last year up to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 18 and 19. “What it also means is we infuse this money into our economy because that amount is spent here … we have improved the infrastructure, we have improved a lot of things,” Paynor said. He said the private sector was consulted on the number of holidays to give everyone enough time to make adjustments. Businesses have asked that the number of non-working days be minimized. “Our hosting now is special in the sense that we are hemmed in between two major international meetings. The first one is the G20 in Istanbul where half of those who are coming in here will be coming in all at the same time, within specific timeframes, in order to be here in time for our APEC. And then about a similar number will be leaving for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Kuala Lumpur,” Paynor said. “So it’s not like they can take their time coming in and leaving. They have to be in and out at certain times. Therefore, we have to provide that window,” Paynor said. He said most of the leaders would be arriving in the afternoon of Nov. 17 and would likely create traffic and other inconveniences. But he said they were hoping the public would understand the situation and support the country’s hosting of the event. READ MORE...

ALSO With El Gamma Penumbra and much more: World leaders to be treated to Filipino-style entertainment


NOVEMBER 13 -El Gamma Penumbra Facebook/Asia’s Got Talent Facebook page 
An impressive line-up of internationally acclaimed Filipino artists is set to give visiting world leaders a good time, Pinoy-style, at the APEC leaders’ welcome reception on November 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Black Eyed Peas member Apl.de.Ap, Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda, concert pianist Cecile Licad, Charice, Jessica Sanchez of American Idol fame, the Philippine Madrigal Singers are just some of the artists who will headline the 45-minute show that brings together pop, classical and cultural performers. Also performing are Asia’s Got Talent champion the shadow-play group El Gamma Penumbra, Jed Madela, Powerdance and the Ramon Obusan folkloric troupe. “For the leaders to see all these Pinoy artists together, I think it’s something that we can really be proud of,” Paolo Valenciano, the show’s co-director, with Louie Ocampo, told The STAR. Some of these artists are in the middle of international tours, but are flying in just for the show, while others are not charging their usual rates because “they just want to be part of the event.” It’s a massive production that took six months to prepare and involves a cast of performers as well as production people bigger than the actual number of guests attending the reception. “We’ve been working on this for the past six months already. Actually, the show, the artists, the numbers, they were all ready since three months ago. Malacañang really wanted to have the best artists, the perfect songs for the occasion… Three months ago pa lang, the show was set already after intensive pre-production.” Due to the time limit, Paolo said the biggest challenge was “how not to make it seem like a variety show.” He added, “In terms of production and the staging, we want to do something that (shows) we’re not copying other countries. Usually, for concerts and events here, there’s always a peg from an international artist. So with this one, we wanted (the foreign leaders) to see something that is not copied from them, but something very Pinoy, very original.” READ MORE...

ALSO Statement from Church Youth of the PHL on 2015 APEC meet: OUR FUTURE IS NOT FOR SALE!‏


NOVEMBER 12 -FROM FACEBOOK -A Statement on the World Economic Leaders Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation We, the young people desire to be nurtured and developed in a nationalistic and pro-freedom environment-- a country where sovereignty and its people are given importance over foreign interests. However, with the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting, our economic freedom and national sovereignty are at stake thus remaining elusive. It is in this reason that we are in solidarity with the basic sectors and church institutions and the vast majority of the people in exposing and opposing the vested interests of these powerful nations. We view with much disgust the globalization agenda that the APEC is bringing to our people, especially to the youth. We say that this meeting is espousing exclusive and pro-profit nature of economic cooperation and does not have a heart for the poor majority. We abhor seeing how the Philippine government is all too enthusiastically subservient to APEC and to its agenda. One of the main priorities of the upcoming APEC Meeting is the so-called Regional Economic Integration where trade in service and global value chain will be propagated. The line of thinking of those in the business sector see this as something good for the country, whereas the ecumenical youth says otherwise, as this will bring more exclusion and oppression to developing countries like the Philippines. This trade in service for instance will institutionally and systematically trade people to work abroad. And the vicious perennial problem of migration and what it brings to OFWs will again challenge us. The global value chain on the other hand will further depress the already low-wages in the country. READ MORE...

ALSO: Front act
[The world leaders are expected to come together to discuss how the lives of people in the region could be collectively improved. Metro Manila residents who must make sacrifices during the summit might suggest more honest governments, to start.]

NOVEMBER 10 -It’s not bad to put one’s best foot forward, especially when visitors come. It’s a distinctly Filipino trait. We take out the best china, the best cutlery, and let the children don their Sunday best. It’s also human nature to want to be perceived by others as living the ideal life. On social media, for instance, many people try to project themselves as intelligent, classy, or at least happy. Whether they are actually so is another story, of course. This administration’s preoccupation with hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held next week, however, is fast exceeding normal behavior. A few days ago we pointed out the attempts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to hide the homeless along the path of the Apec delegates. They were given P4,000, supposedly to rent places where they could participate in workshops to be conducted by the government. It just so happened that the workshops were scheduled on the day the world leaders would be in town. The perception-happy Aquino administration has also scheduled school and work holidays across Metro Manila on the week of the summit. This is likely to ensure the absence of nightmarish traffic jams that would embarrass the government—traffic jams that we, on ordinary days, have accepted as a way of life. The same is said of traffic in the air. Certain flights have been cancelled to give the impression that the skies are clear, even when on regular days, air travelers have to contend with the additional trouble. Throw in the scare about a bullet or two being found on a luggage. Class suspensions may give students a happy respite—whether or not it is actually good for them—but workers who earn their keep on a per-working day basis would be put at a gross disadvantage through no fault of their own. The world leaders are expected to come together to discuss how the lives of people in the region could be collectively improved. Metro Manila residents who must make sacrifices during the summit might suggest more honest governments, to start. READ MORE...


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Street dwellers to get P4,000 each to rent homes during APEC; UNA - SHAMEFUL!


APEC LIGHTS — Under the awesome lights, the stage is being set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, yesterday. (Ali Vicoy)

MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Ellson A. Quismorio and Anna Liza Villas Alvaren November 7, 2015 - Shameful. That’s how the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) described the government’s plan to “hide” street dwellers by giving them money to rent temporary homes during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. “Window dressing poverty remains as this administration’s biggest moral scandal. And now it is resorting to the same tactics it did when Pope Francis visited Manila in January,” Mon Ilagan, UNA spokesman and provincial coordinator, said.

This developed as the officials announced that access to some of the busiest thoroughfares in Metro Manila will be limited to give way to the delegates attending the APEC Summit from November 16 to 20.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), designated APEC lanes will be set up along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) during the duration of the summit: two innermost lanes from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City on both directions will strictly be used for authorized vehicles. Both directions of Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak Drive to NAIA Road, will be fully closed.

BAND-AID SOLUTION

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo confirmed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is giving homeless families P4,000 to rent a temporary home during the APEC Summit, said UNA, the party of opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.

“Bakit kailangan mong itago sila? Para ba pagtakpan ang kapalpakan ng gobyerno? (Why do you need to keep them out of sight? To hide government’s own failure?),” Ilagan asked, adding “Yan ang nakakahiya (That is shameful).”

Among the VIPs expected to be in the Philippines for the economic meetings are United States (US) President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ilagan said that the government is willing to spend billions to host the Summit – P7.9 billion to be exact – but can’t put together a comprehensive plan to alleviate poverty and hunger.

He noted that the P4,000 temporary housing assistance given by DSWD is at best a palliative or band-aid solution timed to make the administration look good in front of the visiting world leaders.

A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that hunger incidence in the country has increased from 12.7 percent in the 2nd quarter to 13.5 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Another SWS survey showed that 11 million Filipinos considered themselves as poor.

SWS said that in 2014, 54 percent of Filipinos considered themselves poor, a six percentage point rise from 48 percent in 2010, the year President Benigno S. Aquino III was proclaimed took over in Malacañang.

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TRAFFIC PLAN

The MMDA also released a traffic plan during the event.

At the vicinity of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), total road closure will be enforced on Vicente Sotto Street, Bukaneg Street, J.W. Diokno Boulevard Bridge, Buendia Avenue Extension, and M. Jalandoni Street.


THE LINES ARE DRAWN — Traffic barriers set up along EDSA to mark the designated lane for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) delegates remain open for use of common traffic as of yesterday. But by next week, only the four outer lanes will be accessible to motorists. (Mark Balmores)

Instead of passing through Roxas Boulevard, the MMDA advised motorists to take the following alternate routes:

(Southbound): From P. Burgos, take Orosa St., turn right to Kalaw Avenue, turn left to M.H. del Pilar, left to Quirino Avenue, turn right to F.B. Harrison, to EDSA, to destination.

(Nouthbound lane) From EDSA, turn right to F.B. Harrison, straight to Mabini St., right to Kalaw Avenue, turn left to Orosa St., to P. Burgos, to destination.

(Both northbound and southbound): From EDSA, turn right to Taft Avenue, to Manila City Hall, to destination and vice versa.

MOA AREA

At the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, roads to be closed from November 18, 6 a.m., are Diokno corner Seaside Boulevard; Coral Way corner Seaside Blvd., EDSA corner Macapagal Avenue; Macapagal corner Coral Way; Diokno corner Aseana, and Macapagal corner Bradco.

Those who will be affected take the following alternative routes:

Public utility buses from Edsa are allowed to pass through Roxas Boulevard going to the Baclaran Church.

Motorists and other public utility vehicles (PUVs) from EDSA can turn right at Macapagal Boulevard, turn left as Seaside Boulevard to MOA.

From MOA, motorists and other PUVs can take Seaside Blvd., left at Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., left at Gil Puyat (Buendia Ave.) to destination or left at EDSA to destination.

TRUCK BAN

For truckers, a daytime truck ban rule will be enforced along south truck routes. Truck drivers will only be allowed to use the route from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. expect on Roxas Boulevard where a 24-truck ban from November 17 to 20.

Truckers affected by the modified truck ban can use the following alternate routes:

From Port of Manila straight to R10, right to C3, left to A. Bonifacio Avenue, take right turning flyover toward Quirino Highway, right to Mindanao Ave., left to Congressional Ave., right to Luzon Ave. straight to Katipunan/C5 to (SLEX/MCX) destination (vice versa).

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras and MMDA urged the public to help clearing roads and give courtesy to the delegates.

MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said plastic barriers and cones have already been lined up along the stretch of EDSA where the APEC lanes will be set up and Roxas Boulevard which will be closed during the duration of the APEC event.

“We have been conducting traffic simulations regularly. We are ready for the APEC,” Carlos told a media briefing.

Even though Malacañang has declared the APEC duration as non-working days, Carlos said there are still some workers of private companies, particularly business processing outsourcing firms who continue to report for work.

“We expect other companies to voluntarily close their offices. Some people may take the whole week off for a much needed vacation,” he said.

ABSOLUTE ROAD CLOSURES

While there are designated APEC lanes, Almendras said the public should also anticipate absolute closures on EDSA on certain periods to enable delegates to travel with minimal trouble.

“When there is a very, very important person is passing through, there will be absolute closures. There will be periods when vehicles will not be allowed to move from Shaw Boulevard southbound. We cannot predict when,” said Almendras.

The APEC delegates have their own protocols and they are used to a certain amount of security and leniency and flexibility. Thereby that protocol is something we have to give to them when they come here, Almendras stressed.

Seeking for public’s understanding for the inconvenience, Almendras warned the people to avoid areas where APEC related activities will be held.

“The country is hosting a very big event. So many important people that we need to make sure are going to be safe and can move around normally in a way they are able to move. So we really like to appeal, if you don’t really have to do anything absolutely urgent in these areas, then don’t go,” Almendras said.

He said frequent road closures are to be expected on November 17 when majority of the delegations are set to arrive and when delegates are being moved from one venue to another to attend various meetings.

APEC ZONE

“From Makati going to the APEC zone, which is the PICC (Philippine International Convention Center) and MOA , there will be a lot (of closures) because you have more people, more heads of states that are staying in Makati. Every time there is that kind of a movement, we will have to close some stretches for about 30 minutes,” said Almendras.

Amid the negative reactions about their traffic preparations, Almendras said the country is not trying to avoid traffic or show the world that traffic is good in Manila.

However, he said, “these are not ordinary people therefore we need to afford them the flexibility that their teams are used to when it comes to movements,” he noted.

Twenty heads of APEC member countries are expected to arrive in Manila.

The public should also expect congestion even in the evening since there are reception events scheduled up to late at night.

“Simultaneously, 21 convoys and thousands of entourage will be moving back in different occasions,” said Almendras.

Those going to the airport are advised to anticipate traffic delays so the should carefully plan their trips.

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DSWD schedules ‘outreach activity’ for homeless families during APEC by Ellalyn De Vera October 10, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share8


SOLIMAN

Homeless families will not be hidden during the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Manila next month, but will just be joining various activities for the National Children’s Month celebration.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman assured this as she explained that an outreach activity for the homeless families scheduled next month aims to protect them from harm and abuse, which are rampant on the streets.

“It is their right to be protected and to be given services. This is why we continue to provide them with health, shelter, and educational assistance,” Soliman said.

She emphasized that this November, the nation will celebrate National Children’s Day with the theme “Pamahalaan at Komunidad, Magka-Isa! Pang-aabuso sa mga Bata, Wakasan Na!” which is timely to generate awareness on child protection.

She said one activity to mark the event is the conduct of a “Talakayang Pambarangay” to be led by the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children and parent-leaders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The forum will serve as a venue to create awareness among parents on positive discipline of children and to teach them the different approaches to protect their children from various forms of abuse.

“Keeping children off the streets is one way to protect them from abuse and from becoming potential prey of syndicates. Homeless families, especially street children are vulnerable and they become doubly vulnerable if they remain on the streets,” Soliman said.

She cited that the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street-Families (MCCT-HSF) continues to be implemented to help street dwellers have dignified and safer homes.

The MCCT-HSF is an expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which provides a complete package of assistance to street families, including responsive shelter program, access to social services, and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions. It also extends house rental assistance of up to P4,000 per month for six months to one year.

To date, MCCT-HSF has 4,071 registered beneficiaries in Metro Manila.

In January, the DSWD drew flak from various groups for allegedly hiding street children and homeless families during the Papal visit.

The government spent P1,193.50 per person each day, for a total of P7, 161 for six days, to cover the accommodation, meals and snacks of 427 street dwellers and 173 personnel of the DSWD who joined the “family camp” in a resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The DSWD maintained that the out-of-town activity for some 100 families or 427 individuals on January 14-19 was part of the regular activity of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Families (MCCT-HSF), and not meant to hide them from the Pope.


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Envoy: Informal settlers cleared not to 'hide poverty' By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated November 13, 2015 - 10:47am 3 13 googleplus0 0


A Filipino woman looks for recyclable materials beside vehicles that will be used for the coming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Manila, Philippines Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of vehicles are being prepared to be used to offer service to delegates to the venue, airport and hotels as preparations go under way. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., chief of the organizing committee for the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, on Friday clarified that informal settlers along main roads were cleared for security reasons and not to "hide poverty."

"The reason that we remove our informal settlers along the main routes is really for security reasons. In security, we do everything we can. That is also the reason that we do not allow parking along these routes," Paynor said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

The ambassador said that the public should not make an issue of having to remove informal settlers along APEC lanes.

Paynor added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would be more sensitive in handling the situation after the incident prior to the visit of Pope Francis in the country in January.

READ: DSWD sent homeless families to Batangas resort during Pope visit

READ: DSWD chief: Resort stay is ‘family camping’ for poor

"I think it's being addressed properly," the ambassador said.

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The ambassador revealed that majority of the P9.5-billion budget for the APEC hosting was allotted for security preparations.

Paynor admitted that security processes for the APEC summit were harder than preparations for Pope Francis's visit as there was no real threat on the Roman pontiff.

"In this particular case, there is not much of an interest on the leaders except a few, among them the Canadian Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau), but on the whole, it is the country's responsibility individually and collectively to ensure that all these guests... come here and do their job and leave safe," Paynor said.

The ambassador earlier assured that President Benigno Aquino III is on top of the situation as the country awaits the arrival of leaders for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting next week.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will not attend the summit.


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‘With smiles and talent, Philippines 97% ready for APEC’ (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2015 - 12:00am 4 278 googleplus0 1


PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez and Thomas McDonough, regional security officer of the US embassy, lead the turnover ceremony for explosives ordnance disposal equipment and remote robots donated by the US Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program at Camp Crame yesterday. The equipment will be used for the APEC summit later this month. MICHAEL VARCAS

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is 95 to 97 percent ready to host the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, according to the organizing team.

APEC national organizing council director general Marciano Paynor Jr. said yesterday that the hosting will highlight Filipino talent and hospitality.

“What we are doing now is just fine-tuning all of the details that need to be done… We are prepared to receive 20 economic leaders from the various members of APEC plus one head of state of another country… specifically, Colombia, who will be attending a meeting with the leaders,” Paynor told a press briefing.

While the country cannot possibly match the pomp of previous hostings by wealthy APEC hosts, the Filipino smile and cultural presentations should be enough to impress the guests, Paynor said.

“All of us are all smiles… Even if we get flooded, (people are still) smiling in the pictures that come out,” he said.

APEC 2015 will have the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building A Better World,” with emphasis on investing in human capital development, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME)’s participation in regional and global markets, building sustainable and resilient communities amid disasters, and enhancing regional economic integration agenda.

Explaining the emphasis on MSMEs, Paynor said “they comprise about 95 percent of our economy.”

APEC leaders were expected to come up with a joint statement on various issues at the end of the summit.

The government is fine-tuning details of the preparations such as motorcade movements between Makati and Roxas Boulevard where summit venue the Philippine International Convention Center is located.

Paynor said there would be no need for blaring sirens because the leaders would have the streets all to themselves and “at this point, everyone is already aware” of the arrangement.

Paynor said the government has allocated P10 billion for the country’s hosting of the summit, from preparations that started in December last year up to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 18 and 19.

“What it also means is we infuse this money into our economy because that amount is spent here … we have improved the infrastructure, we have improved a lot of things,” Paynor said.

He said the private sector was consulted on the number of holidays to give everyone enough time to make adjustments. Businesses have asked that the number of non-working days be minimized.


PAYNOR

“Our hosting now is special in the sense that we are hemmed in between two major international meetings. The first one is the G20 in Istanbul where half of those who are coming in here will be coming in all at the same time, within specific timeframes, in order to be here in time for our APEC. And then about a similar number will be leaving for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Kuala Lumpur,” Paynor said.

“So it’s not like they can take their time coming in and leaving. They have to be in and out at certain times. Therefore, we have to provide that window,” Paynor said.

He said most of the leaders would be arriving in the afternoon of Nov. 17 and would likely create traffic and other inconveniences. But he said they were hoping the public would understand the situation and support the country’s hosting of the event.

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More challenging Paynor said the country’s hosting of the APEC summit can be more challenging than the 1995 visit of Pope John Paul II and that of Pope Francis in January this year.

During Francis’ visit in January, Paynor said the major concern was crowd control.

He said the country’s APEC hosting was a different ballgame because security threats were high even against President Aquino.

“I was lucky enough to have been involved in the visit of (the late) Pope John Paul (II) in 1995 and the problem that we had then was crowd control,” Paynor said, adding they had to divert the popemobile because it could not pass through the crowds.

Paynor said Pope Francis’ visit was more orderly because they used concrete or even human barriers to keep the crowd from surging, and many police officers had to wear adult diapers so they did not have to leave their posts often.

No such crowds are expected for the APEC leaders.

No Lea, Manny He said there will be no Lea Salonga or Manny Pacquiao to welcome the APEC leaders.

“I don’t know about (Sarangani) Congressman Manny Pacquiao, but what I know is that Lea Salonga will not be here because she has a prior engagement. It’s not that she didn’t want it, but it’s because she just cannot (be here),” Paynor said.

He did not say what prior commitment prompted the singer to beg off from the event.

Last week, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told Palace reporters the APEC summit next week would be a showcase of “world-class” Filipino talent, hospitality, as well as the country’s best tourist spots.

She said APEC leaders and delegates would experience and enjoy Filipino talent “up close and personal.”

Internationally acclaimed furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, musician Paolo Valenciano and musical director Louie Ocampo are among those being tapped for the welcome reception for APEC guests.

Pre-summit meet At the Department of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretary Laura del Rosario said a Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) has been set for Nov.13-14 in Manila in preparation for the summit.

“We will meet to deliver tangible outcomes for the Asia-Pacific region and the Philippines,” Del Rosario said.

“Throughout the Philippines’ chairmanship in 2015, we have shaped APEC’s discussions to shed light on the unique relationship between trade and development,” she said.

“One of the key issues was to find ways to achieve quality economic growth through good governance measures,” Del Rosario said. “We will be introducing a regional framework that focuses on social cohesion, institution-building, and environmental impact as key accountability areas for economic growth,” she added.

“We have always believed in APEC as a pathway to development and domestic economic reform. We have carefully developed all our APEC initiatives with the welfare of all Filipinos in mind.” – Aurea Calica, Delon Porcalla, Rhodina Villanueva, Pia Lee-Brago


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World leaders to be treated to Pinoy-style entertainment By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 13, 2015 - 12:00am 3 6 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - An impressive line-up of internationally acclaimed Filipino artists is set to give visiting world leaders a good time, Pinoy-style, at the APEC leaders’ welcome reception on November 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Black Eyed Peas member Apl.de.Ap, Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda, concert pianist Cecile Licad, Charice, Jessica Sanchez of American Idol fame, the Philippine Madrigal Singers are just some of the artists who will headline the 45-minute show that brings together pop, classical and cultural performers.

Also performing are Asia’s Got Talent champion the shadow-play group El Gamma Penumbra, Jed Madela, Powerdance and the Ramon Obusan folkloric troupe.

“For the leaders to see all these Pinoy artists together, I think it’s something that we can really be proud of,” Paolo Valenciano, the show’s co-director, with Louie Ocampo, told The STAR.

Some of these artists are in the middle of international tours, but are flying in just for the show, while others are not charging their usual rates because “they just want to be part of the event.”

It’s a massive production that took six months to prepare and involves a cast of performers as well as production people bigger than the actual number of guests attending the reception.

“We’ve been working on this for the past six months already. Actually, the show, the artists, the numbers, they were all ready since three months ago. Malacañang really wanted to have the best artists, the perfect songs for the occasion… Three months ago pa lang, the show was set already after intensive pre-production.”

Due to the time limit, Paolo said the biggest challenge was “how not to make it seem like a variety show.”

He added, “In terms of production and the staging, we want to do something that (shows) we’re not copying other countries. Usually, for concerts and events here, there’s always a peg from an international artist. So with this one, we wanted (the foreign leaders) to see something that is not copied from them, but something very Pinoy, very original.”

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Valenciano wouldn’t divulge the cost, saying only that “they really wanted to show these leaders a good time, and be able to highlight the local talent that we have.”

The young concert director and musician said that as a Filipino artist, “it’s such an honor to be able to be part of a project like this, knowing that for that one night, (some of the) most important people in the world are going to be in that one venue and we’re in charge in trying to get a message across.

“I think that’s the most important thing of the show that we are putting together — it’s not just entertainment, we want to get a message across to the leaders about unity, helping each other out. I feel nervous knowing that this responsibility was given to us, but at the same time, it’s also exciting.”

The artists will perform in the rice terraces-inspired stage setting by internationally acclaimed designer Kenneth Cobonpue, with a main stage in the middle surrounded by the world leaders, and other stages put up all around the cavernous arena.

The dinner will be prepared by renowned Filipino chefs Glenda Barretto and Gaita Fores.


CHRISTIAN YOUTH OF THE PHILIPPINES (KKKP)
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Snap KKKP Chairperson (09164984160) ​November 12, 2015 Our Future is Not for Sale

Church Youth on APEC 2015: OUR FUTURE IS NOT FOR SALE!‏


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A Statement on the World Economic Leaders Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

We, the young people desire to be nurtured and developed in a nationalistic and pro-freedom environment-- a country where sovereignty and its people are given importance over foreign interests. However, with the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting, our economic freedom and national sovereignty are at stake thus remaining elusive.

It is in this reason that we are in solidarity with the basic sectors and church institutions and the vast majority of the people in exposing and opposing the vested interests of these powerful nations.

We view with much disgust the globalization agenda that the APEC is bringing to our people, especially to the youth. We say that this meeting is espousing exclusive and pro-profit nature of economic cooperation and does not have a heart for the poor majority. We abhor seeing how the Philippine government is all too enthusiastically subservient to APEC and to its agenda.

One of the main priorities of the upcoming APEC Meeting is the so-called Regional Economic Integration where trade in service and global value chain will be propagated.

The line of thinking of those in the business sector see this as something good for the country, whereas the ecumenical youth says otherwise, as this will bring more exclusion and oppression to developing countries like the Philippines.

This trade in service for instance will institutionally and systematically trade people to work abroad.

And the vicious perennial problem of migration and what it brings to OFWs will again challenge us. The global value chain on the other hand will further depress the already low-wages in the country.

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In the APEC meeting, the leaders will be talking how developing countries can offer an appealing labor force-- lower wages and readily available human resources.

They will be talking about how the Philippines can contribute to a growing factory of cheap labor in Asia.

We call on all Christian youth to reflect and study critically what globalization brings to us; and more importantly, to take a stand.

We should not let powerful countries and multi-national corporations dictate our place in the world economy where we can contribute our gifts and graces in nation building.


The KKKP is in Solidarity with the Lumads of Mindanao

Our future is at stake. More than ever, we should make our voices louder in denouncing the evils of globalization.

We are human beings created in the image of God, and no one is entitled to treat us as commodities.

Now is the time and we can no longer be kept in silence.

For the Ecumenical Youth,
LISSA BELLE R. BROWN
General Secretary​
JIMARIE SNAP T. MABANTA
Chairperson
​ (09164984160)​


MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

Front act posted November 10, 2015 at 12:01 am



It’s not bad to put one’s best foot forward, especially when visitors come. It’s a distinctly Filipino trait. We take out the best china, the best cutlery, and let the children don their Sunday best.

It’s also human nature to want to be perceived by others as living the ideal life. On social media, for instance, many people try to project themselves as intelligent, classy, or at least happy. Whether they are actually so is another story, of course.

This administration’s preoccupation with hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held next week, however, is fast exceeding normal behavior.

A few days ago we pointed out the attempts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to hide the homeless along the path of the Apec delegates. They were given P4,000, supposedly to rent places where they could participate in workshops to be conducted by the government. It just so happened that the workshops were scheduled on the day the world leaders would be in town.

The perception-happy Aquino administration has also scheduled school and work holidays across Metro Manila on the week of the summit. This is likely to ensure the absence of nightmarish traffic jams that would embarrass the government—traffic jams that we, on ordinary days, have accepted as a way of life.

The same is said of traffic in the air. Certain flights have been cancelled to give the impression that the skies are clear, even when on regular days, air travelers have to contend with the additional trouble. Throw in the scare about a bullet or two being found on a luggage.

Class suspensions may give students a happy respite—whether or not it is actually good for them—but workers who earn their keep on a per-working day basis would be put at a gross disadvantage through no fault of their own.

The world leaders are expected to come together to discuss how the lives of people in the region could be collectively improved. Metro Manila residents who must make sacrifices during the summit might suggest more honest governments, to start.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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