APEC team said impressed by Davao City
DAVAO CITY -- Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Philippine coordinating committee, led by former Ambassador Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, were said to be impressed with the city’s security, governance and facilities during their two-day visit earlier this month.
Ms. Sta. Catalina’s team has conducted its last ocular inspection, prior to the final decision on the city’s bid to host a senior ministers’ meeting when the country hosts the annual APEC meeting next year.
However, no final decision has yet been made on whether Davao City will be given the opportunity to host at least one APEC senior officials meeting.
In the meantime, the city’s tourism sector also awaits Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s commitment to host an APEC ministerial meeting.
“We need to get the confirmation of the mayor affirming his support to accommodate such event, and we are about to prepare an assessment report on the impact of the senior officials’ meeting to the city for the review of the mayor,” said Ma. Felisa C. Marques, city tourism officer.
According to Ms. Marques, the APEC team from Manila came to validate the existing facilities and capability of Davao City as host and it was impressed with its facilities, including the Central 911 or emergency response system.
Members of the organizing committee were given a tour of the Public Safety and Security Command Center to show them that Davao can handle peace and order issues during such events.
While the proposal sounds good, “I do not have any decision now. I need to talk things over with them,” Mr. Duterte told local media, when asked for his views.
“Davao City can be peaceful, very peaceful. But it can also be a troubled land. We’ve suffered terrorism. So, I have to talk to them,” he added.
Davao City has been shortlisted, along with eight other locations -- Tagaytay, Metro Manila, Clark, Subic, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Boracay -- to host APEC ministerial meetings.
Melchor V. Quitain, city administrator, said the city is prepared facilities-wise, as it has hosted similar events, but is not ready in the financial aspect.
Mr. Quitain said the city government still does not know which expenses would be shouldered by the national government and which would be shouldered by the city.