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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau


Gearing up for AIPA

07 March 2017 07:19:38 PM

Members of the House of Representatives, Secretariat officials and senior staff were briefed by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary Maria Hellen De La Vega on ASEAN political security matters. This is in preparation for the Philippines’ hosting of the 38th annual meeting of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). In his opening remarks, Organizing Committee Chairman Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua (Lone District, Quirino) expressed the need for the House Secretariat and Executive agencies working on ASEAN-related matters to coordinate more closely with each other, especially since the House has been tasked to draft resolutions that will be deliberated and agreed upon by delegates of AIPA member-states on April 28 to 29. The event was jointly organized by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) and the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy. Rep. Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan) and Rep. Lorna Silverio (3rd District, Bulacan), chairperson and vice-chairperson, respectively, of the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy presided over the round table discussion. Other House members in attendance were Reps. Mercedes Cagas (Lone District, Davao del Sur), Roger Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte), Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera (Party-list, MATA), Mark Sambar (Party-list, PBA), Aniceto “John” Bertiz III (Party-list, ACTS-OFW), Harlin Neil Abayon III (Party-list, Aangat Tayo), Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Lone District, Marinduque), Ma. Theresa Collantes (3rd District, Batangas), Divina Grace Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur) and Orestes Salon (Party-list, AGRI). Other officials present were House Secretary-General Atty. Cesar Strait Pareja, Deputy Secretaries-General Alan Tan, Artemio Adasa, Jr. and Arlene Dada-Arnaldo, CPBRD Director General Dr. Romulo Emmanuel Miral and DFA Director for ASEAN Affairs Dinno Oblena.