TAGBILARAN CITY, October 26 (PIA)--The Philippines recently completes the week-long training for host media liaison officers (HMLO) to assist international economies state media coming for the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) ministers conference set November 17-20.
This as the country readies to receive and host with the highest honors afforded for international leaders as 21 APEC member economies leaders land in Manila for the concluding APEC ministers conference this November 17-20.
The HMLO training, conducted by Revimarc de Mesa, international protocol consultant at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) happened at the Executive Secretaries Gallery of the Malacanang's Mabini Hall on October 20 and at the different APEC venues by the second through the fourth day.
The training, set for host media liaison officers equips local media to facilitate the coverage of international media tagging along with the APEC economy delegations in the numerous conferences as well as in designated state visits and the council's formal events, explained Deputy Director General for the Philippine Information Agency Virgilio Galvez.
HMLOS are also expected to be professional aides of the international media delegations, organize their events in the Philippines, guide them through coverage, facilitate in the setting up of mobility as well as logistic requirements, be sources of local information and a host of other charm tasks, de Mesa said.
That time, beginning as early as November 10, dignitaries from countries bordering the Pacific Ocean and sharing it, descend upon Manila for series of meetings, state visits and conferences including APEC advisory council meetings converge to lay out the APEC economic development blueprint for the future, explained Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Coloma.
The APEC economies, roughly about 21 of the members also tag along with them their local media, which the host government estimate to be around 3,500 of them also pouring into the capital city for coverages, separate missions and tasks to highlight the Philippines and how they could enhance economic integration.
Pre event preparations need to be facilitated including the registration and accreditation of media personalities to pass through immigration, facilitation of the shipping in of foreign media equipment through customs as well as to brief them of the APEC protocols laid out by the host country.
In Manila, accredited hotels and venues for the meetings have also been spruced up and security set-ups installed to make the events successful, before the first official arrives at the Manila International Airport this month. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)