Iloilo gears for APEC ‘15 pitch
By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
A MULTISECTORAL group will make a presentation before the National Organizing Council (NOC) of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) 2015 next week in its bid to host part of the meetings of the annual international gathering.
Ma. Lea Victoria Lara, Iloilo Business Club (IBC) executive director, said Iloilo’s pitch is scheduled next week in Metro Manila.
The presentation will feature the facilities and amenities Iloilo can offer to host some of the APEC meetings.
The annual gathering of Asia-Pacific nations will include five Senior Officials' Meetings, around eight Ministerial meetings and at least 50 smaller working group meetings in the entire 2015.
Lara said the presentation will lay down the number of hotel rooms that will accommodate APEC leaders and other visitors, the venue for the meetings and other amenities such as transportation.
“We hope to be chosen for the ministerial meetings which will benefit us not just in hosting our visitors and showcasing the city and province but also to link with businesses and leaders from other Asia-Pacific economies,” she added.
Jun Biron willing to bridge Ferj, Art
By: Tara Yap
THE newly-elected congressman of the 4th district of Iloilo is also willing to play the role of a peacemaker between his older brother, Rep. Ferjenel Biron and Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.
Provincial Board Member Hernan “Jun” Biron Jr. said he is willing to bridge reconciliation efforts between Defensor and Rep. Biron.
“Nothing is impossible. What is best for the province, I’d be glad to help,” the younger Biron said.
Defensor of the Liberal Party bested Rep. Biron of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the gubernatorial race last May 13.
Congressman-elect Biron said politics should not hinder goodwill and common good in the province.
“We won’t limit ourselves because of political differences,” he added.