Gov. Davide says Cebu ready for second round of APEC meetings

CEBU CITY, Oct. 7 (PNA) — Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III Wednesday said the province is all set for the second round of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior ministerial meetings which will start Thursday, October 8 and run until October 14.

Davide, who heads the local APEC organizing committee, said the provincial government will host a dinner for the delegates.

Davide said the security preparations for the international event are also in place.

He said they made sure that the venues and the hotels where the delegates stay will be secured.

The meetings will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City and Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

Some 700 delegates are expected to attend these meetings.

Earlier, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 said it has deployed more than 2,000 officers Monday to secure the APEC venues.

Senior Superintendent Rey Lyndon Lawas, PRO 7 deputy director, said they also beefed up the security of malls where some of the 700 delegates will possibly visit for entertainment and refreshment.

Lawas said mall security heads were called for a meeting Tuesday at the PRO 7 on how to deal with delegates and their contingents.

Lawas said tourist spots in Cebu and other parts in Central Visayas are already secured, as some delegates are expected to visit these areas.

PRO 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas has declared a full alert status in Cebu, suspending leaves of absence of police personnel.

Davide said the Cebu-based Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command, the navy and coast guard personnel will also augment the police. (PNA)