Metro Manila to host 2015 APEC leaders’ meeting

The APEC Leaders' Meeting is going to be confined in Metro Manila, not outside of the metropolis, to address security concerns for the heads of states from 21 countries who will be attending this event in 2015.

A source privy to the meetings said the national organizing committee said this has been the decision reached by the NOC so far.

''They have decided to confine the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Manila to give into the security concerns raised by the various governments,'' the source said.

When the Philippines hosted an APEC Leaders' Summit in 1996, the Leaders' Meeting was held in the Subic Freeport.

As a result, aside from Metro Manila, several local government units have been scrambling to host the Leaders' Meeting. These include Cebu, Tagaytay, Clark, Subic, Albay, Iloilo, Bacolod, Boracay and Davao.

Guillermo Luz, who is the overall coordinator for APEC NOC, said in earlier interviews that some APEC meetings on the run to the APEC Leaders' Summit may be held in any of these sites that could meet their criteria.

Luz said there will be a total of 22 top level APEC meetings happening within the 12 month period in the Philippines prior to the APEC Leaders' Summit.

Other meetings include four senior officials' meetings, and related working group meetings and three regular annual ministerial meetings of the finance, trade and joint trade and foreign ministers meeting. There will also be APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting and APEC CEO Summit.

All these meetings will be happening in the country prior to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting that will span over 7 days including pre-Leaders' Meeting.

Criteria for site selection include the organization of the area including the public and private and the written commitment from the local leadership; facilities and infrastructure; secuty and public safety; risk assessment and disaster preparedness plans in place; power and water conditions; back-up sites; cleanliness, sanitation condition; medical services availability; hospital services; definite post-APEC plans; partnership between national government, LGU and private sector; and livable city principles.