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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

APEC 2015 skills enhancement workshop for HMLOs held

Franklin P. Gumapon

MANILA – As part of the preparations for the country’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November this year, the Media Relations Accreditation Office (MARO) has conducted on Saturday a skills enhancement workshop for Philippine Information Agency (PIA) personnel who will serve as Host Media Liaison Officers (HMLOs) during the event.

Some 20 PIA staff from both the regional and central offices converged at PIA conference room in Quezon City to participate in a one-day workshop, which aimed to acquaint them with their roles, duties and responsibilities as HMLOs.

Director JO Paulo Espiritu and Assistant Secretary Virgilio P. Nadal Jr. of the APEC 2015 Media Operations Committee briefed the participants on their specific roles to play during the gathering of Asia-Pacific economic leaders in November.

Each APEC member-economy will have one HMLO who will work with its own media liaison officer.

For the second time since 1996, the Philippines plays host this year to a year-long APEC meetings which will culminate with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 18-19, 2015 in Manila with the theme, “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World.”

The government has declared Nov. 18 and 19, 2015 as special non-working days in Metro Manila as part of the security measures for the APEC economic leaders’ meeting.

Member-economies attending this event include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hongkong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua Ne Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.