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APEC LEADERS: URGENT NEED TO COOPERATE AGAINST TERRORISM


NOVEMBER 19 -Leaders pose for a group family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Pictured from top left, Hong Kong's Chief Executive is Leung Chun-ying, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , South Korea President Park Geun-hye, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. front row from left, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang, U.S. President Barack Obama, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Taiwan envoy Vincent Siew. AP/Bullit Marquez
Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks. A copy of the declaration that the leaders will issue following their talks, seen by The Associated Press, strongly condemned "all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism." The statement on terrorism, which also mentions attacks in Beirut and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Sinai, is a rare departure from convention for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum which normally focuses on trade and business issues. The APEC bloc accounts for about 60 percent of the global economy. It groups the United States and China with middle powers such as Australia as well as developing nations in Asia and South America. The leaders said they are stressing the "urgent need for increased international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism." "We will not allow terrorism to threaten the fundamental values that underpin our free and open economies," the statement said. The mission of the 21-member APEC, convened in the Philippine capital of Manila under extremely tight security, is lowering barriers to trade and economic development. But the declaration noted the vital link between lack of economic opportunity and terrorism. "Economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity are among the most powerful tools to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization," it said. APEC has its detractors, though, and anti-globalization protesters clashed with police near heavily guarded summit venues. Activists were chanting and waving banners as they faced off against hundreds of riot police at security barricades on the fringes of APEC venues. About 1,000 people clashed with police who used water cannons and canes to try and disperse the crowd. Apart from uniting against the attacks in Paris and the deepening crisis in Syria, the leaders are also seeking to promote cooperation against climate change. Disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors about Beijing's claims to most of the South China Sea also drew attention. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are in Manila for the Pacific Rim summit as fellow U.N. Security Council members France and Russia were pursuing resolutions seeking to unite the international community in combating the Islamic State group. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace says, 'PH to join global fight vs terrorism'
[Aquino 3rd vowed “to be right there” with other world leaders in facing such threat. With the issuance by the UN Security Council of a resolution authorizing nations to “take all necessary measures” to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists after a wave of attacks across the world, the Philippines is laying down the groundwork for a military blitz against the Abu Sayyaf Group and other local organizations linked to international terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists.]


NOVEMBER 22 -President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the discussions during the 18th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Sunday (November 22) at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit. (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau) MALACAÑANG on Sunday said the Philippines will join the global fight against terrorism as President Benigno Aquino 3rd vowed “to be right there” with other world leaders in facing such threat. With the issuance by the UN Security Council of a resolution authorizing nations to “take all necessary measures” to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists after a wave of attacks across the world, the Philippines is laying down the groundwork for a military blitz against the Abu Sayyaf Group and other local organizations linked to international terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists. The UN resolution came after gunmen besieged a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, killing 19 people, most of them foreigners.“We will continue to fight terrorism in all its forms,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Sunday. “The fight against terrorism will continue. The President mentioned that we will be right there.” According to him, the Philippines has “always been active and we have always cooperated” with other countries in preventing the entry and monitoring activities of suspected terrorists.“One of the important components also in the fight against terrorism is the intelligence sharing among countries. We have seen that and we have a number of intelligence sharing with other countries, [and] we benefit from each other,” Lacierda explained. He called on Filipinos to do their share by being vigilant and by reporting to authorities suspicious activities of a person or groups.“Let’s cooperate and let’s be vigilant. Let’s cooperate with authorities. Terrorism knows no borders now, and therefore we need to cooperate with whatever advisories the government will put out,” Lacierda said. “Second, we also need to be vigilant. For instance, if there are packages which are not ours or which are very suspicious, just report it to the proper authorities,” he added. Lacierda noted that prompt reporting of any suspicious activity could save lives. “We have media advisories [and] warnings especially in areas that are favorite targets [of terrorists]. We would ask everyone to cooperate and to be vigilant. That is our contribution to the fight against terrorism,” he said. Offensive As Brussels declared a security lockdown on Sunday because of a possible terror strike in wake of the hotel attack in Mali and the wave of bombings in Paris, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has also geared up for an anti-terror offensive. Armed Forces chief Hernando Iriberri met with key military commanders in Mindanao over the weekend to map out the execution of the President’s order for intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups, a military official said also on Sunday. READ MORE...

ALSO Back to Normal: Summit ends, but some Metro roads still closed


NOVEMBER 20 -Family photo. President Benigno Aquino III and other leaders attending the Apec summit wave to reporters after an official family photo was taken in Manila on Thursday. AFP
AFTER a two-day holiday break, workers in Metro Manila are returning to work—but main roads will remain closed today (Nov. 20), the last day of the week-long hosting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila.Authorities said the closure of Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak to Naia/MIA Road; and the designated two innermost lanes of both the northbound and southbound of Edsa from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, for the exclusive use of Apec delegates, will be in full effect until 12 midnight Friday.
Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, National Police–Highway Patrol Group director, said the stop and go scheme will also be in effect along Edsa, Magallanes and portions of Skyway and South Luzon Expressway; parts of Makati City, and roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. “Traffic will be stopped to let Apec leaders pass through, and will be allowed to flow after,” said Gunnacao, referring to the scheme. Other roads to be closed until 12 midnight Friday are Roxas Boulevard service road from Sta. Monica Street to P. Ocampo, and the stretch of Quirino Avenue from Roxas Boulevard to Adriatico Street. Also affected by the road closure are Century Park Street from Adriatico to Mabini Street; Mabini Street from P. Ocampo to Quirino Avenue; southbound lane of Adriatico from Quirino Avenue to Century Park Street; P. Ocampo from Adriatico to Roxas Boulevard; M.H del Pilar Street from Sta. Monica Street to Malvar Street, and Pedro Gil Street from Roxas Boulevard to Mabini Street. The Metro Manila Development Authority advised motorists to avoid these roads and take alternate routes. In its advisory, the MMDA said all vehicles coming from northern part of Manila using the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard must turn left to P. Burgos to Maria Orosa, or Taft Avenue to their point of destination. READ MORE...RELATED, FULL TEXT: APEC 2015 leaders' declaration...

ALSO IN PHOTOS: 20 world leaders in barong Tagalog


NOVEMBER 19 -APEC leader's and their partners wave during an official photo ahead of the welcome dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are gathering in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AP/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night hosted a welcome dinner for the economic leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The president's gift to the leaders attending the APEC summit was the barong Tagalog, the official national garb for Filipino men.VIEW PHOTOS...

ALSO: (PHOTOS) Presidential sisters, DOT chief lead APEC spouses tour


NOVEMBER 19 -Image from Kris Aquino's Instagram:
Presidential sisters (front row, second from left) Kris Aquino, Viel Dee, Pinky Abellada and Ballsy Cruz pose with spouses of APEC leaders during a visit at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila yesterday. With them are Datin Seri Hajah Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Susan Chu, wife of Taiwan representative Vincent Siew; (back row) Mai Thi Hanh, wife of Vietnam President Truong Tran Sang; Regina Tong Ching-yi, wife of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying; Naraporn Chan-o-cha, wife of Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha; Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Ho Ching, wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Mufidah Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla. KRIZ JOHN ROSALES  While the economic leaders converged for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting on Thursday, their spouses were toured around the historic-walled city of Intramuros. Image from Kris Aquino's Instagram The spouses arriving at the heart of Manila were welcomed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and President Benigno Aquino III’s sisters—Maria Elena “Ballsy” Cruz, Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Abellada, Victoria Elisa “Viel” Dee, and Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino. Since President Aquino is a bachelor, the responsibility of playing hosts to the APEC leaders’ spouses fell on the laps of the presidential sisters. Among the leaders’ spouses who attended were Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. “The program’s concept is a walk through time. So they will see living recreations of Philippine-Spanish culture,” said Nestor Jardin, the overall artistic director of the spouses’ program. Aside from providing a historical tour, the presidential sisters wanted to display the trademark hospitality of Filipinos. “We really want to make sure that everybody who visits the Philippines will go home with a positive impression of all Filipinos,” said the president’s youngest sister, Kris Aquino. The first stop was in Fort Santiago where they witnessed a traditional wedding preparation and celebration, highlighting the cheerful and lively Filipino spirit. About 200 performers from Ramon Obusan, Dulaang UP, Tanghalang Filipno, and University of the East dance group merged to showcase music and dances from the Spanish colonial era. Afterwards, the spouses, together with the presidential sisters and other delegates, had a photo session or family picture taking at the second gate of the fort. The spouses were then divided into two groups and rode electronic jeepneys to reach their assigned destinations. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s spouse left early for airport since their country will be hosting the 27th Association of South East Asian Nations summit. One group proceeded to Casa Manila in which scenes of a mundane Filipino family during the Spanish colonial era were recreated. The other group headed to the nearby San Agustin Church where the “Hail Mary, the Queen choir”, composed of children, sang religious and Spanish songs. Outside, traditional carrozas (carriages) moved along the cobblestone path for the spouses to see. READ MORE...

ALSO: Airlines suffer $2-B losses from APEC


NOVEMBER 19 -PAL operates some 260 domestic and international flights daily and the close to 700 cancelled flights are equivalent to two and a half days of operation, Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said. Philstar.com/File
  Local and foreign airlines, including private aircraft and chartered planes, lost an estimated $2 billion in revenues following the cancelation of over 1,000 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 16 to 20.
An airline industry expert said the most affected were the budget airlines. The expert said that most of the airlines are covered by insurance but the low-cost carriers are the hardest hit by the cancellations as they could not rebook their passengers immediately nor book them in hotels. Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the airliner lost an estimated $18.7 million. PAL’s gross revenue per day is $7.5 million. PAL operates some 260 domestic and international flights daily and the close to 700 cancelled flights are equivalent to two and a half days of operation, Villaluna added. “We must stress, however, that the long term benefits of APEC outweigh these aforementioned losses,” Villaluna added. Cebu Pacific (CEB), through its corporate communications unit, said the airline lost an estimated P400 million in revenues due to flight cancellations during the APEC summit. “CEB is expecting more changes in flight schedules within the week, as this figure may still change,” the firm said. Local airline companies cancelled some 1,800 domestic and international flights from Nov. 16 to 20 following the temporary runway closures to give way to the arrival and departure of leaders of APEC member-economies. Air Asia Philippines said it cancelled 74 domestic and 10 international flights from Nov. 17 to 20 due to temporary closure of the NAIA runway. Other international airlines also cancelled various flights or re-scheduled their departure and arrivals. Airport observers said that the cancellation of flights from Manila to other places in the country had affected tourist arrivals in the provinces. Observers also said that establishments in the vicinity of the NAIA terminals and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and the routes where convoys of APEC delegates would pass were turned into no-drive zones as private motorists and ordinary citizens were barred, leaving many stranded in heavy traffic caused by the road closure and re-routing. With commercial flights restricted at the NAIA, Cebu Pacific and Qatar Airways diverted yesterday some flights to Clark International Airport in Pampanga. READ MORE...RELATED, Leaders talk about their APEC experience in Manila...also Roads reopened after Apec summit–MMDA...


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APEC leaders: Urgent need to cooperate against terrorism

MANILA, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Jim Gomez (Associated Press) November 19, 2015 - Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks.

A copy of the declaration that the leaders will issue following their talks, seen by The Associated Press, strongly condemned "all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism."

The statement on terrorism, which also mentions attacks in Beirut and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Sinai, is a rare departure from convention for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum which normally focuses on trade and business issues.

The APEC bloc accounts for about 60 percent of the global economy. It groups the United States and China with middle powers such as Australia as well as developing nations in Asia and South America.

The leaders said they are stressing the "urgent need for increased international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism."

"We will not allow terrorism to threaten the fundamental values that underpin our free and open economies," the statement said.

The mission of the 21-member APEC, convened in the Philippine capital of Manila under extremely tight security, is lowering barriers to trade and economic development. But the declaration noted the vital link between lack of economic opportunity and terrorism.

"Economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity are among the most powerful tools to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization," it said.

APEC has its detractors, though, and anti-globalization protesters clashed with police near heavily guarded summit venues.

Activists were chanting and waving banners as they faced off against hundreds of riot police at security barricades on the fringes of APEC venues. About 1,000 people clashed with police who used water cannons and canes to try and disperse the crowd.

Apart from uniting against the attacks in Paris and the deepening crisis in Syria, the leaders are also seeking to promote cooperation against climate change. Disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors about Beijing's claims to most of the South China Sea also drew attention.


U.S. President Barack Obama stands in position as Chinese President Xi Jinping walks into place for a official photo prior to the welcome dinner at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are gathering in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also set to be in focus. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are in Manila for the Pacific Rim summit as fellow U.N. Security Council members France and Russia were pursuing resolutions seeking to unite the international community in combating the Islamic State group.

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On Wednesday, the hunt by French police for the mastermind of last week's attacks led to a gunbattle in a Paris suburb. Two people were killed and eight arrested.

The first of two APEC summit retreats began Thursday with the leaders posing for a "family photo," one of several traditions of the annual gatherings that rotate from one member to the next. The 2016 summit is planned for Peru, 2017 will be in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea will host the 2018 summit.

Protest leader Renato Reyes of the left-wing alliance Bayan said the group was demanding a new economic framework that puts national interest ahead of corporate profits.

Over the past two decades "APEC and imperialist globalization have only benefited the rich countries while further impoverishing developing countries like the Philippines," he said.


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Along with concerns over the rising threat of terrorism, leaders are just weeks away from a deadline to forge an agreement to limit global warming in a meeting that begins Nov. 30 in Paris.

In Manila, Obama sought to build momentum for the pact on Wednesday, reasoning that bold climate action will be a boon for businesses in Asia and around the world.

Chinese leader Xi, whose country is now the largest overall emitter of the pollutants that contribute to global warming, said his country was committed to cleaning up its environment.

All the events at the summit are tightly scripted and security has been extremely heavy. Thousands of police and military personnel are deployed in Manila and major downtown thoroughfares are closed to all but official vehicles. ___

Associated Press writers Teresa Cerojano and Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report.


MANILA TIMES

PH to join global fight vs terrorism November 22, 2015 11:15 pm
by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER AND FERNAN MARASIGAN REPORTER


President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the discussions during the 18th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Sunday (November 22) at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit. (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MALACAÑANG on Sunday said the Philippines will join the global fight against terrorism as President Benigno Aquino 3rd vowed “to be right there” with other world leaders in facing such threat.

With the issuance by the UN Security Council of a resolution authorizing nations to “take all necessary measures” to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists after a wave of attacks across the world, the Philippines is laying down the groundwork for a military blitz against the Abu Sayyaf Group and other local organizations linked to international terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists.

The UN resolution came after gunmen besieged a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, killing 19 people, most of them foreigners.

“We will continue to fight terrorism in all its forms,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Sunday. “The fight against terrorism will continue. The President mentioned that we will be right there.”

According to him, the Philippines has “always been active and we have always cooperated” with other countries in preventing the entry and monitoring activities of suspected terrorists.

“One of the important components also in the fight against terrorism is the intelligence sharing among countries. We have seen that and we have a number of intelligence sharing with other countries, [and] we benefit from each other,” Lacierda explained.

He called on Filipinos to do their share by being vigilant and by reporting to authorities suspicious activities of a person or groups.

“Let’s cooperate and let’s be vigilant. Let’s cooperate with authorities. Terrorism knows no borders now, and therefore we need to cooperate with whatever advisories the government will put out,” Lacierda said.

“Second, we also need to be vigilant. For instance, if there are packages which are not ours or which are very suspicious, just report it to the proper authorities,” he added.

Lacierda noted that prompt reporting of any suspicious activity could save lives.

“We have media advisories [and] warnings especially in areas that are favorite targets [of terrorists]. We would ask everyone to cooperate and to be vigilant. That is our contribution to the fight against terrorism,” he said.

Offensive

As Brussels declared a security lockdown on Sunday because of a possible terror strike in wake of the hotel attack in Mali and the wave of bombings in Paris, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has also geared up for an anti-terror offensive.

Armed Forces chief Hernando Iriberri met with key military commanders in Mindanao over the weekend to map out the execution of the President’s order for intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups, a military official said also on Sunday.

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“The chief of staff visited Western and Eastern Mindanao commands over the weekend primarily to install new commanders in both the area commands and at the same time coordinate with our forces in the field for implementation of the President’s orders,” Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said.

He however did not discuss details of the operations for security reasons.

Iriberri, according to Padilla, met with newly-installed Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Maj. Gen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz and officials of the Eastern Mindanao Command led by its new commander, Maj. Gen. Reynaldo Guerrero, to strengthen the campaign against terrorists and other lawless elements in the South.

He said Iriberri made sure that Aquino’s order to step up the fight against terror groups will reach ground commanders.

“Even before the instructions of the President had reached the field, there have been measures that were implemented on the ground especially in Western Mindanao command,” the military spokesman added.

He said de la Cruz will review the previous campaign plan and see if there are adjustments to be made before implementing it.

Padilla said he is optimistic that de la Cruz, referred to in the military as a “steel warrior,” will deliver “good results” in the offensive against terrorist groups.

“With the fine showing that was done by the outgoing [Westmincom] [chief] Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, the AFP is optimistic that Gen. Mayoralgo dela Cruz’s leadership will likewise create results, or will provide good results in the campaign against lawless elements, terrorist groups in the area,” he added.

De la Cruz succeeded Guerrero, who will retire on Tuesday upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.


MANILA STANDARD

Back to Normal: Summit ends, but some Metro roads still closed posted November 20, 2015 at 12:01 am by Joel E. Zurbano, John Paolo Bencito and Sandy Araneta


Family photo. President Benigno Aquino III and other leaders attending the Apec summit wave to reporters after an official family photo was taken in Manila on Thursday. AFP

AFTER a two-day holiday break, workers in Metro Manila are returning to work—but main roads will remain closed today (Nov. 20), the last day of the week-long hosting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila.

Authorities said the closure of Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak to Naia/MIA Road; and the designated two innermost lanes of both the northbound and southbound of Edsa from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, for the exclusive use of Apec delegates, will be in full effect until 12 midnight Friday.

Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, National Police–Highway Patrol Group director, said the stop and go scheme will also be in effect along Edsa, Magallanes and portions of Skyway and South Luzon Expressway; parts of Makati City, and roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“Traffic will be stopped to let Apec leaders pass through, and will be allowed to flow after,” said Gunnacao, referring to the scheme.

Other roads to be closed until 12 midnight Friday are Roxas Boulevard service road from Sta. Monica Street to P. Ocampo, and the stretch of Quirino Avenue from Roxas Boulevard to Adriatico Street.

Also affected by the road closure are Century Park Street from Adriatico to Mabini Street; Mabini Street from P. Ocampo to Quirino Avenue; southbound lane of Adriatico from Quirino Avenue to Century Park Street; P. Ocampo from Adriatico to Roxas Boulevard; M.H del Pilar Street from Sta. Monica Street to Malvar Street, and Pedro Gil Street from Roxas Boulevard to Mabini Street.

The Metro Manila Development Authority advised motorists to avoid these roads and take alternate routes.

In its advisory, the MMDA said all vehicles coming from northern part of Manila using the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard must turn left to P. Burgos to Maria Orosa, or Taft Avenue to their point of destination.

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On the other hand, vehicles coming from southern part of Manila using the northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard may take Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to Taft Avenue to their point of destination.

Those who travel along P. Ocampo coming from Taft Avenue must take Adriatico Street to Leveriza Street to Quirino Avenue while vehicles using westbound lane of President Quirino Avenue coming from Osmeña Highway (Plaza Dilao) area going to Roxas Boulevard may turn right or left to Taft Avenue to point of destination.

Motorists coming from Del Pilar Street using Roxas Boulevard must turn left to Quirino Avenue going to Taft Avenue.

MMDA general manager Corazon Jimenez apologized earlier for the short notice after a late traffic advisory caused disruptions that angered commuters and motorists alike.

On Thursday, four police officers and 20 other people were hurt in Pasay City Thursday after police clashed with protesters at Gil Puyat Avenue.

Police said a scuffle ensued when the protesters tried to enter the area near the Philippine International Convention Center, the official venue of the Apec meetings.

Most of those injured, including children, women and senior citizens, were taken to the Manila Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila because of head injuries.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño condemned the police’ action against the protesters.

“Once again, police have shown contempt for the people’s right to peaceful assembly and free speech. Not only did they prevent protesters from getting close to the Apec venue, which is the target of their message, but they also played loud music to drown out the message of truth and struggle against Apec,” he said.

Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesperson, said the police would observe “maximum tolerance” but they will file necessary charges against demonstrators who break the law.

“Let me reiterate our unequivocal position that any public assembly outside of the designated freedom parks is deemed illegal and will be addressed accordingly,” Mayor said. “The PNP fully respects the right of citizens peaceably to assemble, and express their sentiments as guaranteed under our democratic system.”

Students returning to school next week will face make-up classes because of days lost to the Apec Leaders’ Meeting.

“Each NCR [National Capital Region] division will decide on the most expeditious way of making up for missed class time as part of the Apec hosting,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a text message Thursday.

“These have been announced by the respective school division superintendents when they gave notice of the Apec schedule to the principals. Schools can have Saturday classes hopefully before Christmas holidays or shortly after. These are all left to the better judgment of the heads of the divisions in consultation with the school principals,” he added.

Classes in Metro Manila were suspended from Nov. 17 to 20 due to the Apec Leaders’ Summit.

Luistro said schools that do not have any other disruptions during the quarter are not required to conduct make-up classes as long as they are able to fulfill the minimum of 45 days of classes.


PHILSTAR HEADLNE NEWS NOVEMBER 21, 2015 -Street children are again seen strolling along Roxas Boulevard in Manila yesterday, a day after the city’s hosting of the APEC summit. With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit over, street dwellers have trickled back to Roxas Boulevard and other areas locked down for the meeting. Rounded up by social workers, the street dwellers began returning to their old haunts even before the summit ended, while police were busy keeping protesters from getting near the Philippine International Convention Center, venue of the annual gathering. Some street dwellers sought shelter in abandoned buildings along Taft and Buendia avenues in Pasay City after the government rounded them up at the start of APEC week. They continued to forage garbage dumps for food and recyclable materials. Police had been posted on streets to keep vagrants out of sight for the duration of the summit. Street dwellers were sighted sleeping under the Light Rail Transit along Taft Avenue. The STAR saw homeless people in vacant lots where they played hide and seek with police and social workers. Hundreds of homeless people, including 140 children, were rounded up to beautify the city ahead of APEC, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).EDD GUMBAN MANILA, Philippines

The organizers of the Apec 2015 meetings and summit thanked the public for their understanding for the inconvenience they experienced as a result of tight security measures.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding over the inconvenience brought about by our enhanced security measures,” said the Apec 2015 organizers, in its message on Twitter Wednesday.

“You have shown to the 10,000 delegates composed of 19 economic leaders, two high-level representatives of member-economies, 21 trade ministers, 21, foreign ministers, 21 senior officials, over 6,000 staff and security personnel, and over 4,000 members of the local and international media, what Filipino hospitality means,” said the organizers.

On Thursday, thousands of protesters took to the streets near Roxas Boulevard and Gil Puyat Avenue.

Police used water cannon to disperse the protesters who refused to disperse.

Police also used loud speakers to play party songs to counter the shouts of the protesters.

A scuffle ensued when some protesters tried to break through to approach the PICC, police said.

A territorial dispute over the South China Sea and the deadly Paris terrorist attacks cast a shadow over the annual Apec discussions which usually focus only on trade.

A draft copy of the final Apec declaration released Thursday said leaders at the Apec summit “strongly condemn” all acts of terror and stressed the “urgent need for increased international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism.”

World leaders at the summit tackled issues such as climate change and regional economic cooperation, but the dispute over the resource-rich South China Sea came to the foreground when US President Barack Obama called on China to stop its reclamation work in disputed reefs.

During his visit in Manila, Obama also signed defense agreements with the Philippines, one of several countries which is in dispute with China on the issue.

Obama said there was a need for “bold steps to lower tensions” in the region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also attended the conference.

China says its work is legal and it has no plans to militarize the new artificial islands.

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III chairs this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting with Manila as host. APEC Philippines/Released

MANILA, Philippines – The leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies concluded their meeting on Thursday and issued the a joint declaration titled "Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World: A Vision for an Asia-Pacific Community."

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We, the Leaders of APEC, met in Manila under the theme of ‘Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World,’ determined to take action to fully realize the vision laid down by our predecessors of a stable, integrated, and prosperous community in the Asia-Pacific, in which all our people can enjoy the benefits of economic growth and technological progress. Our enduring commitment will underwrite the peace, stability, development, and common prosperity of the Asia-Pacific.

Under the shadow cast by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and against Russian aircraft over the Sinai, and elsewhere, we strongly condemn all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism in all their forms and manifestations. We will not allow terrorism to threaten the fundamental values that underpin our free and open economies. Economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity are among the most powerful tools to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization. We stress the urgent need for increased international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

We met at a time when global growth is uneven and continues to fall short of expectation. Risks and uncertainties remain in the global economy, including inadequate demand growth, financial volatility, and structural problems weighing on actual and potential growth. While APEC economies have remained resilient, they face challenges in boosting growth prospects.

Weakening external demand growth highlights the importance of promoting domestic demand. The rapidly changing structures and competitiveness of our economies necessitate that we develop new drivers of growth, such as productivity-enhancing structural reform, services and trade in services, investment liberalization and facilitation, infrastructure investment, science, technology and innovation, that lead to more balanced and sustainable outcomes.

We are mindful that despite the unprecedented economic growth that has lifted millions of people out of poverty, it continues to be a reality for millions of others in our region. We call for more intensive efforts for its reduction and eradication. We also acknowledge that inequality acts as a brake on economic growth and that reducing it is essential to spurring development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

We recognize the significance of enabling the full participation of all sectors and segments of our society, especially women, youth, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, low-income groups, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to achieving inclusive growth. We underscore the importance of empowering them with the ability to contribute to and benefit from future growth.

We remain united and steadfast in supporting an open, predictable, rules-based, and transparent environment for trade and investment that enables meaningful access to economic opportunities. This provides the best means to deliver sustained and inclusive growth, quality job creation, and financial market stability. We reaffirm the commitment to jointly build an open economy in the Asia-Pacific that is based on innovative development, interconnected growth, and shared interests.

We reaffirm the value, centrality, and primacy of the multilateral trading system under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). We are committed to strengthening the rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open, and inclusive multilateral trading system. To further reinforce our commitment on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the WTO, we have decided to issue a separate statement supporting the multilateral trading system and the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

We reaffirm previous commitments on monetary and exchange rate policies. We will refrain from competitive devaluation and resist all forms of protectionism.

We reiterate our commitment to achieve the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment by 2020 and to the eventual realization of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). We appreciate the work by our officials to ensure that regional trade agreements complement and strengthen the multilateral trading system. We welcome the progress made by many APEC members in completing their respective processes to submit the instruments of acceptance to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will reduce the cost of trading across borders.

While achieving ongoing economic transformation will not be easy, we are confident that we will continue to drive regional and global economic prosperity through quality economic growth.

To this end, we collectively commit:

Building Inclusive Economies

1. To support comprehensive and ambitious structural reforms; achieve positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes; and promote good governance.

a. We reiterate our commitment to ensure that future growth is strong, balanced, sustainable, inclusive, driven by innovation, and secure against natural disasters and other threats. It should be supportive of gender equality. We remain alert to the risks of the “middle income trap.”

b. We adopt the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth that will prioritize institution building, social cohesion, and environmental impact to give further focus to our efforts to pursue quality growth, building upon the commitments in the 2010 APEC Growth Strategy, and bearing in mind the commitments in the 2014 APEC Accord on Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth. We instruct officials to report, for our review, on APEC’s progress in promoting the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth.

c. We welcome the assessment of the 2010 APEC Growth Strategy, especially the finding that more than 300 million people were lifted out of poverty in the APEC region, mainly due to rapid growth in developing economies. We support further efforts in narrowing the development gap in order to end poverty.

d. We commend the work done under the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform and welcome the Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (RAASR). Promoting structural reform is critical to improving economic efficiency and increasing productivity. We recognize that much more remains to be done to ensure that growth is experienced at all levels of our communities. We therefore support economies in their efforts to explore new growth areas, including reforms aimed at further strengthening the services sector by fostering creativity and innovation through an enhanced regulatory environment.

e. We welcome the progress made on the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative and affirm the EoDB Action Plan (2016-2018) with a new aspirational target of a 10-percent improvement by 2018 in the existing five priority areas on starting a business, dealing with construction permits, trading across borders, getting credit, and enforcing contracts. We welcome the development of an Implementation Plan to guide our efforts to reach this target.

f. We reaffirm our commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“2030 Agenda”), which sets a comprehensive, universal, and ambitious framework for global development efforts for the next 15 years, and to ensuring that no one is left behind in our efforts to eradicate poverty and build an inclusive and sustainable future for all. We also reaffirm our commitment to implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which provides a comprehensive roadmap to help economies implement policies to attract and mobilize diverse sources of financing critical for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

g. We encourage further progress and practical initiatives to carry out the 2013 mandate of exploring trade in products that contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth through rural development and poverty alleviation.

h. We recognize that corruption impedes economic sustainability and development and agree to combat the harmful effects of the illegal economy and to promote cultures of integrity across borders, markets, and supply chains. We reaffirm our commitment to open and accountable governance and to promoting international cooperation in the areas of repatriation or extradition of corrupt officials, asset recovery, criminalization, and prevention of corruption among APEC member-economies. We support the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies in advancing pragmatic anti-corruption cooperation and welcome the Cebu Manifesto for the Protection of Anti-Corruption Officials.

i. We welcome the efforts and activities that APEC members have undertaken to counter terrorism, including capacity-building initiatives to combat terrorist financing, and to prevent foreign terrorist fighter travel through advance passenger risk analysis and other measures. We further encourage economies to implement fully the APEC Consolidated Counter-Terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy and to continue taking collective and individual actions and sharing best practices to secure infrastructure, travel, supply chains, and financial systems from terrorist activities.

2. To deepen our financial markets and mitigate risks.

a. We recognize that in spite of the progress we have made, millions of our citizens do not have access to reliable financial services, leaving them with insufficient access to capital to invest in their futures. We highlight the importance of financial inclusion and literacy to poverty alleviation, ensuring that our people can fully benefit from the access to cheaper capital and financing that comes with it.

b. We recognize that financial integration through moving towards more liberalized financial services and capital accounts, while maintaining adequate safeguards as well as increased access to finance for MSMEs and businesses in the supply chain, will foster greater trade and investment in the region.

c. We welcome the Cebu Action Plan (CAP) and commend our Finance Ministers for their collaborative efforts in crafting a multi-year roadmap of deliverables and initiatives to build an Asia-Pacific community that is more financially integrated, transparent, resilient, and connected. We emphasize the importance of macroeconomic cooperation including the sharing of experiences in macro-prudential policy frameworks to minimize systemic risks and promote financial stability in the APEC region.

Fostering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ Participation in Regional and Global Markets

3. To foster an enabling trading environment that is responsive to new ways in which goods and services are produced and delivered and that promotes inclusiveness, especially for MSMEs.

a. We live in a connected world in which many goods and services are no longer produced in one location but are the result of firms cooperating within and across our borders. This benefits consumers, creates jobs, and fosters development. We need all our businesses, regardless of size, to connect to where opportunities exist. We need to develop policies that take full advantage of global value chains (GVC) and encourage greater participation and added value. We will promote competition, entrepreneurship, and innovation through effective and comprehensive measures, including balanced intellectual property (IP) systems and capacity-building.

b. We underscore the significance of the participation of MSMEs in global commerce to inclusive growth and will take action to facilitate such participation. We recognize that internationally-oriented MSMEs can make substantial contributions to poverty reduction through employment creation, productivity improvements, and economies of scale. However, because the costs of doing business impact disproportionately on our MSMEs, especially in terms of cumbersome rules and regulations, we need to address the barriers to their internationalization and integration into GVCs. Towards this end, we adopt the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and instruct Ministers to implement actions laid out in the Agenda and report their progress to us by 2020.

c. We welcome the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development, and support the creation of the APEC MSME Marketplace to provide opportunities for business and strengthen collaboration with public and private organizations to support MSME development. We also welcome progress in collaborative efforts to enhance GVC resilience in this region.

d. We recognize the importance of MSMEs’ access to finance as a key enabler of MSME expansion, internationalization, and productivity improvement. We welcome the commitment made by the private sector and international finance organizations to collaborate with the public sector through the recently launched Financial Infrastructure Development Network under the CAP. We emphasize the importance of promoting MSMEs’ resilience against disasters, financial crises, and other unexpected events. In addressing these challenges, we recognize the important role of public finance such as credit guarantee systems designed for MSME operational continuity and the importance of enhancing closer collaboration with relevant public and private sector institutions.

e. We emphasize opportunities that the internet and digital economy offers to achieve innovative, sustainable, inclusive, and secure growth, with a view to improving connectivity. The internet and digital economy will allow businesses, especially MSMEs, to participate in GVCs and reach a wider consumer base through new business models, creating a truly global market place for the exchange of goods, services, capital, and ideas. With regard to MSME development, we commit to continue to promote cross-border privacy, and to protect consumer interests. We instruct our officials to advance the work to facilitate the internet and digital economy. We also instruct officials to implement the Work Plan for Facilitating Digital Trade for Inclusive Growth as a Potential Next Generation Trade and Investment Issue.

Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

4. To build sustainable and disaster-resilient economies.

a. We recognize that our region, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, is particularly vulnerable and exposed to disasters. We face typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, rising sea levels, and pandemics, the impacts of which are magnified by our densely populated cities. It has become a “new normal” for us to face natural disasters of increasing frequency, magnitude and scope, and their resulting disruption of the increasingly integrated and interlinked production and supply chains.

b. We welcome and adopt the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework to facilitate collective work in building adaptive and disaster-resilient economies supporting inclusive and sustainable development in the face of the “new normal.” Through the APEC DRR Framework, we will minimize the losses we endure and ensure that our communities have the support to overcome adversity and to build back better. We instruct Ministers to craft an action plan in 2016 to operationalize the APEC DRR Framework and renew existing efforts such as business continuity planning, strengthening early warning systems, search and rescue, post-disaster recovery, promoting appropriate donations, and enhancing capacity building. We welcome the APEC Principles for the Movement of Humanitarian Goods and Equipment during Emergencies to better protect lives and livelihoods. We also note the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

c. We welcome Finance Ministers’ efforts to build financial resilience through the CAP, noting that this also entails developing innovative disaster risk financing and insurance mechanisms, in light of the heavy fiscal burden experienced by some economies due to the increasing damage of natural disasters.

d. We request the Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents to explore further the provision of coordinated scientific advice surrounding and during emergencies, in coordination with other relevant APEC fora.

e. We recognize that disaster resilience includes the ability to collaborate in detecting and preventing the spread of communicable disease. We welcome the development of the Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020 Roadmap. We welcome APEC’s working partnership with other relevant global initiatives for strengthening infectious disease control, and the training network established to ensure the safety of our region’s blood supply.

f. In line with our goal to promote sustainable communities, we are firmly committed to achieving a fair, balanced, ambitious, durable, and dynamic agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December. We therefore reaffirm our aspirational goals to reduce aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035 and double renewable energy in the regional energy mix by 2030 to achieve sustainable and resilient energy development within the Asia-Pacific.

g. We reaffirm our commitment to rationalize and phase out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption while recognizing the importance of providing those in need with essential energy services. We welcome progress made to date while recognizing the need for further ambitious efforts to meet our goal. We express our appreciation to those economies who have volunteered to undergo a voluntary inefficient fossil fuel subsidy peer review. We welcome ongoing initiatives to share best practices and facilitate capacity building to further progress toward this goal.

h. We affirm the importance of energy resiliency in promoting energy security and sustainable development and in providing energy access. We commend the initiative of creating a Task Force on Energy Resiliency, the initiative for enhancing the quality of electric power infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, and the establishment of the APEC Sustainable Energy Center. In transitioning to low-carbon economy, we will explore the contribution of biofuels, civil nuclear power as a base load power source, advanced coal technologies, liquefied natural gas, solar, wind, and marine energy technologies. We appreciate efforts towards a diversified, flexible, and integrated natural gas market in the APEC region.

i. We emphasize the need for improved sustainable agriculture, food security, food safety, and nutrition to build resilient communities across the region. We therefore instruct Ministers to implement the APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Blue Economy Plan of Action in the areas of resilient oceans and coastal resources, fish loss reduction, and agri-business development. We support the APEC Food Safety Co-operation Forum and its Partnership Training Institute Network. We encourage progress on the APEC Food Security Roadmap toward 2020, to contribute to the achievement of APEC’s food security goal.

j. We recognize the important role of forests in supporting our communities, conserving biodiversity, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. We reaffirm our commitment to the aspirational goal in the Sydney Declaration of increasing forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares of all types of forests by 2020 and to promote sustainable forest management, conservation and rehabilitation, and combat illegal logging and associated trade. We welcome the report of assessment of progress towards the aspirational goal on forests in the Sydney Declaration.

k. Building on our commitments in previous years, we will take actions to combat wildlife trafficking and related corruption through further reducing illegal supply, transit, and demand; strengthening domestic and global enforcement, enhancing legislative frameworks, and other criminal justice tools; enhancing efforts in each of our economies to treat wildlife trafficking crime seriously; and increasing cross-border law enforcement cooperation and other interaction among wildlife enforcement networks as appropriate.

5. To make urbanization work for growth.

a. Our cities are potential centers of creativity and innovation, providing jobs and livelihoods for billions of people. We emphasize the importance of proper planning and adequate infrastructure for sustainable city development. We therefore welcome the work of our officials to discuss the challenges of rapid urbanization in APEC, including innovative ways of addressing waste management and water-related challenges.

b. We remain committed to a new type of urbanization featuring green, energy-efficient, low-carbon, and people-oriented development. We commend the efforts of member economies in implementing the APEC Cooperation Initiative for Jointly Establishing an Asia-Pacific Urbanization Partnership. In this regard, we welcome China’s initiative to host an APEC high-level forum on urbanization in 2016. We encourage ongoing efforts in this direction toward energy efficient and low-carbon development in urban settings, including the implementation of the APEC Low-Carbon Model Town Project, use of green codes and standards for buildings, and the Energy Smart Communities Initiative.

c. We recognize that the region’s shifting demography, including ageing populations and urbanization, has profound implications for the region’s food system. We will enhance efforts to improve security and safety of the region’s food supply, sustainable agricultural and water management, and seek to increase citizens’ access to food including through better connectivity between urban, rural, and remote areas; facilitation of investment and infrastructure development; and reduction of food loss and waste along the food value chain.

d. At the same time, we acknowledge that our rural communities should not be left behind in the economic and social development of the region. In this regard, we are determined to make efforts to strengthen rural communities through sharing experiences of rural development, with a view to forging comprehensive strategies to eradicate poverty and enhance the welfare of rural communities in the region.

e. We commend efforts to develop safe, secure, resilient, efficient, and sustainable transportation systems, and to promote innovations in the transportation sector as we move towards achieving inclusive mobility and global supply chain resilience. We instruct our officials to continue to enhance their work on connectivity of transportation networks. Investing in Human Capital Development

6. To redouble our efforts to empower our people with the tools to benefit from and participate in economic growth.

a. In 1996, we endorsed a framework for economic and technical cooperation to ensure that all APEC members can fully participate in and benefit from an open trading environment. We are pleased with the joint efforts and progress made in improving the delivery of capacity building and cross-fora collaboration among working groups and fora. We underscore the need to avoid the emergence of a divided community in the region - those connected to global markets benefitting from integration and those left behind being unable to realize their potential.

b. We emphasize the importance of investment in human capital through the development of skills that industry needs to effectively contribute to the next phase of our region’s economic growth. In the current environment characterized by the rapid and ubiquitous use of technology, our people, in particular women and youth, need to be equipped not only with technical skills in science, technology, and innovation but must also be adaptable and resilient. We therefore instruct our officials to work closely with businesses, education and training providers, employment services, and civil society to understand the skills needed by the industry and to develop education and training programs that will equip people with the skills and competencies to join the workforce and fulfill their potential.

c. We underscore the synergy between our ambition to improve human capital development and our goals to improve people-to-people connectivity and to continue the promotion of cross-border cooperation in education. We welcome the early realization of our 2020 student mobility target of 1 million intra-APEC university-level students per year. We also recognize the close correlation between human capital development and progress in ICT and its benefits.

d. We remain committed to advancing women’s full participation in the economy in concrete, actionable, and measureable ways, including through enhancement of women’s representation in leadership. We therefore call for strengthened efforts to support the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment across APEC’s work streams, including the Women and the Economy Dashboard as a tool for identifying priorities for policy action.

e. We welcome the progress of APEC cooperation to enhance economic empowerment of persons with disabilities and encourage further collaboration among member economies in promoting inclusive development.

f. We recognize the importance of our health systems in promoting the development of human capital and inclusive growth and look forward to further work in 2016 to address the fiscal and economic impacts of ill-health. Enhancing the Regional Economic Integration Agenda

7. To achieve our vision for an integrated community in a comprehensive and systematic manner.

a. We reaffirm our commitment to advance the process in a comprehensive and systematic manner towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP as a major instrument to further APEC’s regional economic integration agenda. We commend the progress made by our officials on the work on the implementation of the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP, which includes the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP, the Information Sharing Mechanism, and the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI). We instruct Ministers and officials to continue this work and, in particular, we look forward to receiving the findings and accompanying recommendations of the Collective Strategic Study when we meet again next year in Peru.

b. We reiterate our belief that the FTAAP should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement by building on ongoing regional undertakings. We also reaffirm our vision contained in the Pathways to FTAAP that it should be high-quality and incorporate and address next generation trade and investment issues. In this connection, we note the recent development on the free trade agreements in the region and the progress of the possible Pathways to the FTAAP, including the finalization of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and we encourage the early completion of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

c. We reaffirm the commitment we made in 2012 to reduce our applied tariffs on the APEC List of Environmental Goods to five per cent or less by the end of this year. We congratulate those economies that are on track to fulfill this ground-breaking commitment and strongly urge those that have yet to fully implement this commitment to redouble efforts to meet the end of the year deadline.

d. We welcome the progress that has been made under the work streams of the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation and instruct officials to further develop this work. e. We reaffirm our commitment to achieve a seamlessly and comprehensively integrated, innovative, and interconnected Asia-Pacific. We welcome progress implementing the APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 under the pillars of physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity. We will take further action to ensure continued implementation of this Blueprint and to promote regional and sub-regional connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

f. We appreciate progress in implementation of initiatives which will greatly improve connectivity and infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, and progress of the initiatives which help resolve the bottleneck of financing in this field. We encourage further collaboration among these initiatives in order to promote regional economic integration and the common development of the Asia-Pacific.

g. We emphasize the importance of investment in quality infrastructure and connectivity to realize our vision for an Asia-Pacific community. We welcome the initiatives set out by the CAP to maximize the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) modality for infrastructure delivery, to tap long-term investments for infrastructure through capital market development, and to continue efforts in inclusive infrastructure, in urban development, and in regional connectivity.

8. To develop the services sector as an enabler of economic growth and inclusion.

a. We acknowledge that international trade in services facilitates cross-border business activity, reduces costs, spurs innovation, boosts competition and productivity, raises the standard of domestic services suppliers, and widens the range of choice for consumers. We also acknowledge that trade in services has an enormous potential for creating jobs, and for increasing competitiveness in the global market, providing whole-of-economy benefits. Inclusive growth cannot be achieved without addressing services-related issues, as many MSMEs operate in this sector.

b. For these reasons, we endorse the APEC Services Cooperation Framework to ensure that all our citizens can benefit from and contribute to high quality growth. We instruct our officials to develop a strategic and long-term Services Competitiveness Roadmap in 2016 with the adoption of a concerted set of actions and mutually agreed targets to be achieved by 2025. We appreciate services-related initiatives such as manufacturing-related services.

Strengthening Collaboration

9. To work with stakeholders to address common challenges.

a. Given our diversity, our achievements thus far in APEC provide a benchmark for how, through cooperation, we can advance regional economic integration and achieve shared prosperity. Building on our achievements, we commit to engage in an enhanced degree of cooperation within and across our economies with a broad range of stakeholders. We reaffirm the need to have a well-coordinated and whole-of-government approach to rulemaking in our economies. This should rely on open and inclusive public consultation processes involving the full range of domestic and international stakeholders.

b. We therefore welcome our increased collaboration with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), international and regional organizations, the private sector, local government executives, civil society, academia, MSMEs, women, youth, persons with disabilities, and industry experts, engaging in constructive dialogues that allow us to find solutions to the challenges we face and build a better, more inclusive world.

10. To strongly support the work of our Ministers, the APEC Process, and all its Committees and Fora.

a. We therefore endorse the 2015 APEC Joint Ministerial Statement and commend the work of our Ministers and officials as reflected in the results of the Sectoral Ministerial Meetings, High-Level Policy Dialogues, the Finance Ministers’ Process, the Committees and Working Groups of the Senior Officials’ Meeting, and all related mechanisms.

b. We instruct our Ministers and officials to continue their work, including implementation of the recommendations, work programs, and action plans of the outcome documents for 2015 sectoral ministerial meetings and high-level policy dialogues, bearing in mind the vision contained in this Declaration, as well as our previous meetings.

c. We express our appreciation for the contributions by relevant members to the APEC Fund, the establishment of Sub-Funds on the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and Global Value Chains, Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth, and Connectivity, and Mining, and the voluntary provision of training opportunities to developing economy members. We look forward to future work to better align our resources with our priorities.

Through economic integration driven by technological progress, urbanization, trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and improved connectivity, our lives have become increasingly intertwined. It is incumbent upon all of us to work together to ensure our common destiny. In spite of the challenges we face, the future of our region will be bright as we stand true to our pledge to shape the future through Asia-Pacific partnership, with a view to fulfilling our goals of common development, prosperity, and progress, by harnessing our people’s collective abilities in the spirit of mutual respect and trust, inclusiveness, and win-win cooperation.

Recognizing that APEC work is a continuing process and that continuity of agenda is key to APEC's relevance, we thank the Philippines for its leadership this year as it has built on the vision and work of the previous APEC hosts.

We look forward to meeting again in Peru in 2016 and will work closely with the future hosts from 2017 to 2022, namely Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand. We welcome the offer of the Republic of Korea to host APEC in 2025.


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IN PHOTOS: 20 world leaders in barong Tagalog (philstar.com) | Updated November 19, 2015 - 10:17am 8 379 googleplus1 0


APEC leader's and their partners wave during an official photo ahead of the welcome dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are gathering in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night hosted a welcome dinner for the economic leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The president's gift to the leaders attending the APEC summit was the barong Tagalog, the official national garb for Filipino men.


Looks good.(Reuters/Edgar Su) The indigenous peoples of the Philippines existed in various tribal communities for thousands of years before explorer Ferdinand Magellan first landed a Spanish expedition there in 1521, only to be killed soon afterward. But contact with Europe changed the course of Filipino history, as Spain colonized the islands a few decades later and its heavily Catholic influence infused the local culture. The Spaniards also brought pineapple to the islands—today the Philippines is one of the world’s largest producers of pineapple—and before the 1500s were out, Filipinos were making cloth from its fibers. It’s not exactly clear when the current version of the barong emerged, but it was in existence by the late 1700s, according to Gonzalez. “If you look at paintings by local masters, they were rendering the barongs worn by the upper class,” he says. Over the centuries the garb has continued to evolve, developing elaborate embroidery thanks to the continued influence of Europe, and now even reflects the touch of one of fashion’s most famed recent couturiers. (Reuters/Edgar Su)


Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following an official group photo prior to the welcome dinner at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. AP/Bullit Marquez


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(PHOTOS) Presidential sisters, DOT chief lead APEC spouses tour by Philippine News Agency November 19, 2015 (updated) Share2 Tweet20 Share0 Email0 Share51


Images from Kris Aquino's Instagram

While the economic leaders converged for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting on Thursday, their spouses were toured around the historic-walled city of Intramuros.

Image from Kris Aquino's Instagram The spouses arriving at the heart of Manila were welcomed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and President Benigno Aquino III’s sisters—Maria Elena “Ballsy” Cruz, Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Abellada, Victoria Elisa “Viel” Dee, and Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino.

Since President Aquino is a bachelor, the responsibility of playing hosts to the APEC leaders’ spouses fell on the laps of the presidential sisters.

Among the leaders’ spouses who attended were Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.


PRESIDENTIAL SISTERS

“The program’s concept is a walk through time. So they will see living recreations of Philippine-Spanish culture,” said Nestor Jardin, the overall artistic director of the spouses’ program.

Aside from providing a historical tour, the presidential sisters wanted to display the trademark hospitality of Filipinos.

“We really want to make sure that everybody who visits the Philippines will go home with a positive impression of all Filipinos,” said the president’s youngest sister, Kris Aquino.

The first stop was in Fort Santiago where they witnessed a traditional wedding preparation and celebration, highlighting the cheerful and lively Filipino spirit.

About 200 performers from Ramon Obusan, Dulaang UP, Tanghalang Filipno, and University of the East dance group merged to showcase music and dances from the Spanish colonial era.

Afterwards, the spouses, together with the presidential sisters and other delegates, had a photo session or family picture taking at the second gate of the fort.

The spouses were then divided into two groups and rode electronic jeepneys to reach their assigned destinations. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s spouse left early for airport since their country will be hosting the 27th Association of South East Asian Nations summit.

One group proceeded to Casa Manila in which scenes of a mundane Filipino family during the Spanish colonial era were recreated.

The other group headed to the nearby San Agustin Church where the “Hail Mary, the Queen choir”, composed of children, sang religious and Spanish songs. Outside, traditional carrozas (carriages) moved along the cobblestone path for the spouses to see.

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They were reunited at the Ayuntamiento de Manila to have the culminating festivities and luncheon hosted by the presidential sisters.

Complementing the luncheon was a 20-minute program with a roster of performers including singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, athlete and singer Matteo Guidicelli, and balladeers Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto.

When asked about the response of the spouses so far, Jardin said “they’ve been overwhelmed by the Filipino hospitality as well as the talent that the Filipino artists and craftsmen have showcased.”

“We’re very happy that we got very good feedback from the delegates and from the leaders,” he added.

In her Instagram account, presidential sister Kris Aquino posted that her Filipiniana terno was made in Antipolo, Rizal. It was designed by Michael Leyva in Tiffany blue neoprene with embroidered white beaded lace appliqué.


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Airlines suffer $2-B losses from APEC By Rudy Santos (Associated Press) | Updated November 19, 2015 - 12:00am 2 33 googleplus0 0


PAL operates some 260 domestic and international flights daily and the close to 700 cancelled flights are equivalent to two and a half days of operation, Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - Local and foreign airlines, including private aircraft and chartered planes, lost an estimated $2 billion in revenues following the cancelation of over 1,000 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 16 to 20.

An airline industry expert said the most affected were the budget airlines.

The expert said that most of the airlines are covered by insurance but the low-cost carriers are the hardest hit by the cancellations as they could not rebook their passengers immediately nor book them in hotels.

Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the airliner lost an estimated $18.7 million. PAL’s gross revenue per day is $7.5 million.

PAL operates some 260 domestic and international flights daily and the close to 700 cancelled flights are equivalent to two and a half days of operation, Villaluna added.

“We must stress, however, that the long term benefits of APEC outweigh these aforementioned losses,” Villaluna added.

Cebu Pacific (CEB), through its corporate communications unit, said the airline lost an estimated P400 million in revenues due to flight cancellations during the APEC summit.

“CEB is expecting more changes in flight schedules within the week, as this figure may still change,” the firm said.

Local airline companies cancelled some 1,800 domestic and international flights from Nov. 16 to 20 following the temporary runway closures to give way to the arrival and departure of leaders of APEC member-economies.

Air Asia Philippines said it cancelled 74 domestic and 10 international flights from Nov. 17 to 20 due to temporary closure of the NAIA runway.

Other international airlines also cancelled various flights or re-scheduled their departure and arrivals.

Airport observers said that the cancellation of flights from Manila to other places in the country had affected tourist arrivals in the provinces.

Observers also said that establishments in the vicinity of the NAIA terminals and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and the routes where convoys of APEC delegates would pass were turned into no-drive zones as private motorists and ordinary citizens were barred, leaving many stranded in heavy traffic caused by the road closure and re-routing.

With commercial flights restricted at the NAIA, Cebu Pacific and Qatar Airways diverted yesterday some flights to Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

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The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said Cebu Pacific AirBus A-320 from Dubai with flight number 5J-7945 landed in Clark while Qatar Airways Boieng-777 aircraft arrived at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Cebu Pacific flights from Singapore wre also diverted to Clark.

Clark airport operations manager Ding Aranas said that despite these developments, regular flights of other airlines at Clark airport would go on uninterrupted.

These include regular domestic and international flights of Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair, Jin Air, CebGo, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Air Singapore and Air Asia Berhad.

Aranas said Cebu Pacific had also diverted domestic flights from NAIA to Clark that were bound for Davao, Dumaguete, Kalibo, Tagbilaran and Puerto Princesa.

CIAC president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III said Clark airport is prepared to accommodate aircraft at the terminal’s two runways.

Meanwhile, the Media Affairs Office of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said that passengers with flights to catch this week at NAIA can ride on airport shuttle buses that were deployed to ferry them to their respective terminals by passing through the airside route or service road around the tarmac.

Passengers are advised to go to designated areas at NAIA and take the shuttle bus from there to be ferried to any of the four terminals.

The waiting areas are: arrival curbside at NAIA terminal 1 and terminal 2, and bus gate 115 at terminal 3 for transfer passengers.

Only those with flight bookings will be allowed to board the bus even as help desks are in place to assist passengers. - With Ding Cervantes, Louella Desiderio

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Leaders talk about their APEC experience in Manila By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated November 20, 2015 - 6:45pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto takes selfie with a Filipina. Enrique Peña Nieto, Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – High-level representatives of member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation visited the Philippines to attend the APEC leaders' meeting, sharing their experiences on social media.

Economic leaders an official representatives were welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III in a dinner where they experienced Filipino hospitality through festive culinary dishes, cultural performances and by wearing our Filipino national costume, the barong Tagalog. Some countries also held bilateral meetings at the sidelines of the event.

As the APEC ends, find out what the economic leaders have to say about the APEC week in the Philippines through their social media posts below.

Chile

The first leader to arrive in the country, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet shared that she participated in the APEC, conducted a state visit, and initiated talks for an agreement between Chile and the Philippines. She also attended academic forums during her visit here.

Singapore

One of the most active APEC leaders in social media was Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong. Lee shared his APEC journey from his flight to his breakfast meeting to their first plenary session, welcome dinner and touring around Manila.

Lee said he saw jeepneys (public transport) plying the roads in Manila. He also met with youth delegates from Singapore who attended the APEC Voices of the Future conference.

The prime minister also shared they wore barong Tagalog and thanked Aquino’s sister Maria Elena Aquino Cruz for their warm hospitality.

Lee found the APEC Summit in Manila truly productive. He even replied to Filipinos who welcomed him in the country.

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also shared his photo with United States President Barack Obama and Akie Abe while they were wearing the traditional Filipino national costume.

Brunei

Obama was also captured by the White House photographer sharing a light moment with Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah while they were wearing barong Tagalog for gala dinner hosted by Aquino.

Australia

The top official of Australia, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, also shared his photo during his first ever meeting with Obama at the sidelines of APEC.

Canada

Meanwhile, one of the leaders dubbed by netizens as an “APEC Hottie,” Prime Minister Justin James Pierre Trudeau also shared his meeting with Barack Obama during the first day of the APEC summit.

Trudeau, a crowd favorite, was pleased to visit the country for the APEC. He also held a bilateral meeting with Aquino.

“The ties that bind our countries together are very strong,” Trudeau said.

“So for me to be able to be here and see [the] beautiful and welcoming country so many of my fellow Canadian citizens call home or original home, is a real pleasure,” he added.

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Roads reopened after Apec summit–MMDA By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales
@YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 03:26 PM November 20th, 2015

All roads closed this week during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Manila have been reopened to traffic on Friday afternoon.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) made the announcement in an advisory posted on its social media pages.

“As of 2:45 p.m., all roads locked down for Apec Summit now open and accessible to all vehicles,” the MMDA said.

The road closures have caused heavy traffic and prolonged commute for thousands over the duration of the Apec meetings. People were also forced to walk to get to their place of work and other destinations.

READ: Heavy traffic as more roads closed due to Apec | Road closures force thousands to walk to work

Among the roads closed over the past days include the stretch of Roxas Boulevard, Edsa-Ayala in Makati to Edsa Extension in Pasay, Macapagal Avenue from Aseana to Buendia Extension, Edsa-Magallanes Interchange, and the Metro Manila Skyway (Sales to Magallanes Exit). CDG


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