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Salceda praises Ochoa, Paynor, Marquez for ‘successful’ APEC meet

Nov 22, 2015 @ 10:43

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has only three persons to commend for what he termed as “cutting-edge technological success” of the just concluded Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Leaders’ meeting.

The Albay governor said “credit is due” to Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, former ambassador Marciano Paynor, and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez.

Ochoa chaired the APEC National Organizing Council while Paynor served as its director general. Marquez handled the security.

“As an event, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Annual Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2015 was a cutting-edge technical success with no security hitches—almost with the surgical precision of an intestinal transplant,” Salceda said in his opinion piece in Inquirer.

According to Salceda, Ochoa’s “will power, pragmatic worldview, and managerial savvy” led to the successful implementation of all the APEC preparations that had been hatched as early as 2013.

As for Marquez, the governor lauded the PNP chief for the tight security measures not only in APEC but also during the visit of Pope Francis last January and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Marquez also helped the Albay provincial government for its own preparations for APEC last year, Salceda added.

While the APEC meet has been a success, Salceda acknowledged the inconvenience it brought to the public, especially the motorists and commuters who were affected by the traffic jams caused by the road lockdowns.

“Of course, like all transplants, it would be at the expense of another person’s intestines—public inconvenience,” Salceda wrote.

The country’s handling of the international meet, Salceda said, “sends a robust signal that the country is ‘all-in’ in the investment competition.”

“Altogether, we gained (regained?) international respect as key player (population: 107 million) in the family of nations even if Islamic State in France took much of the global shine off Apec in Manila,” he pointed out, referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris that took place at the height of the APEC gathering.

On the bad side, the meeting is a “TrApec”, projecting a negative image of VIP guests cruising along the APEC lanes while ordinary motorists and commuters were stuck in “carmaggedonesque”, Salceda said.

“The travelling public was not properly informed; given pervasive social media—expectations (consequent perceptions and behavioral pattern) should have been pretty manageable (we miss the media/social media-savvy Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino),” he stressed.

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