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Thursday, March 2, 2017

ASEAN meetings in Boracay successful, peaceful, says PNP

KALIBO, Aklan, 23 February (PIA6) -- The ASEAN meetings held in Boracay Island from February 13-21 were successful and peaceful, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). In a radio interview, Police Regional Office 6 spokesman Police Sr. Supt. Gilbert Gorero said no negative incidents happened during the meetings. Security in the island had been tightened even before the ASEAN meetings for the safety of delegates with forces deployed at airports, jetty ports, highways, billeting areas, and the surrounding seas. The PNP said the deployment of thousands of police and other force multipliers in the island is a usual standard preparation for national events. As of this writing, the Task Group Boracay ASEAN 2017 team organized by the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) specifically for the summit is still in Boracay Island to secure the safety of ASEAN delegates who remained for a few days in the island with their families. Meanwhile, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ASEC Charles Jose, in another radio interview, revealed that some foreign ministers who attended the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Retreat expressed their interest to come back to Boracay together with their families in the future for their vacation. ASEC Jose was in Boracay Island during the duration of the ASEAN meetings and held a briefing with the media on the progress of the meetings together with DFA Undersecretary Enrique Manalo. Media briefings/press conference were held by the DFA at the media center located at Alta Vista Hotel in Boracay, while the meetings were held at Shangrila Resort and Spa. From February 13-21, three ASEAN meetings were conducted in Boracay – the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Retreat, and the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers Meeting. (VGV PIA6 Aklan)

Eight Aklanon students to receive IWAG Award

KALIBO, AKLAN, Feb. 24 (PIA) – Eight graduating students in Aklan who performed well in the field of development communication through their school publications are set to receive this year’s IWAG award. The IWAG Award is a yearly incentive scheme designed by the Philippine Information Agency in Region 6 to give recognition to campus paper writers who excel in development communications and related fields, including academic performance. Of the eight awardees in the province, three are college graduating students while five are graduating high school students. Among the college awardees are: Darwin T. Tapayan of The Forum of the Northwestern Visayas Colleges; Raffe E. De Juan of The Aklan Collegian of the Aklan Catholic College; and Zeus Bryan V. Nicolas of Eamigas of the Aklan State University – Banga campus. High school Iwag Award qualifiers are: Chloe S. Reynaldo of Scholar’s Gazette and Ivanne Jopert A. Idorot of Pahayagang Iskolar, both from the Regional Science High School for Region 6; and Mary Erlyn I. Ricarto of The Garcian High of Garcia College of Technology Tech-Voc High School. Other awardees are from Linabuan National High School namely: Mica Relor MeƱez and Kate Lyzell C. Motus of publications The Viewfinder and Pagsip-eak, respectively. The awardees of the said recognition will be given each a special medal and citation, preferably during the school’s graduation or recognition day. (JCM/SQP/PIA Aklan)