Preparations for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next year are ongoing, according to Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.
Valte said the government is building and rehabilitating infrastructures to be used during the summit.
“Ongoing ang construction natin doon sa isang venue natin na napili, iyong sa Iloilo at iyong dito naman sa Manila ay ongoing na rin ang mga rehabilitation sa isang building na kinakailangan natin to hold the concluding event of the summit,” she said in a radio interview.
The venue for the leaders’ summit, the business sector and the APEC CEO summit is also being prepared, she said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd has already chosen different venues where the meetings will be held but Valte said the details are still being finalized. At the same time, Valte said the organizing council for the summit has started capacity building workshops to ensure that depart–ments and agencies are ready to host and receive guests from 20 member-economies of the APEC.
The country last hosted an APEC summit in 1996 during the presidency of Fidel Ramos.