APEC Philippines: Motorists Patience Were Tested

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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.