More than 2,000 soldiers to be deployed for pre-APEC summit meet in Legazpi

Posted on December 01, 2014

AT LEAST 2,600 government security troops will be deployed for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM) in Legazpi City, authorities said. The meeting will serve as a prelude to the actual summit to be hosted by the Philippines next year.

A special task force has already been formed for the ISOM, which is expected to be attended by at least 450 delegates from different countries, Brig. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, commander of the Bicol-based 901st brigade of the Philippine Army, said.

“It’s a joint and interagency task group, all uniformed personnel are included in this to address the emergency preparedness, the peace and order, as well as the security of the APEC-ISOM,” Mr. Farnacio said in an interview.

The ISOM, which will be hosted by the country for the first time, is scheduled on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City.

The Philippine Army has committed some 300 troops to the task force, which will also be composed of troops from the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP).

With the security protocols in place, Mr. Farnacio said that the military has not monitored any potential threats that may disrupt the summit, citing that they have been preparing for the event for at least five months. -- Alden M. Monzon