The APEC Philippines is scheduled to be held on November 18 and
19, 2015 but most head of state of member economies began
arriving today November 17.
The motorists patience were tested last night when traffic
halted for 3 to 5 hours in Pasay City. Some motorists said
they even wanted to leave their cars on the street and walk
Most roads and streets from the NAIA going to the hotels where
the head of economies will stay were closed.
This lead to some passengers stranded and were able to go home
only at 12 midnight. One of the passengers said that the
government should have declared a no work holiday earlier so
the people should have just stayed home.
Drivers of public utility vehicles on the other hand complained
that they were unable to earn money due to heavy traffic. Some
of those interviewed even suggested that APEC should have been
held in the provinces where traffic is not a problem.
Some Filipinos understood that roads and streets should be kept
open for passing head of state as a standard security protocol.
The APEC summit will last for 2 days only and the government
is doing the best it can to make the travel of visiting head
of economies safe and traffic free.
The Philippines is a member of APEC and every year, a member
country is assigned to host the event and this year is the
Philippines turn to host.
What will the Philippines gain from this years APEC event?
Well for a start, The U.S. would give two more vessels, a
research ship to help map the Philippines territorial waters
and another High Endurance Cutter to help boost the Philippines’s
ability to patrol its waters and pledged to spend $259 million
to bolster maritime security assistance among its allies and
partners in the region.
The Philippines will receive a record $79 million in assistance
to bolster maritime security this financial year, the biggest
recipient in Southeast Asia, the White House said.
President Aquino meet the Papua New Guinea President. There
are 30,000 Filipinos in Papua New Guinea, including teachers
from La Salle and Don Bosco. More Filipino workers have a
chance to work in that country.
The Vietnam President and President Aquino signed two
agreements. An agreement to further expand the military
cooperation of both countries and an agreement to import
rice from Vietnam.
And the APEC Philippines summit has not yet even started.