Sunday, 18 November 2012

PIA News Dispatch - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

President Aquino appoints two new Career Executive Service Board members
 President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed two new members to the Career Executive Service Board (CESB), Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda announced on Wednesday.

 Lacierda said the President has appointed Nieves Osorio and Charito Elegir to the CESB replacing outgoing CESB Chair Bernardo Abesamis and former CESB member Proseso Domingo; respectively.

 Osorio, who obtained her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines-College of Business Administration, is an experienced public executive in the fields of public finance and energy.

 She served as the President and Chief Executive officer of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (July 2005 to February 2007), Undersecretary of the Department of Finance (2001-2005), Director of Budget Bureau at the Department of Budget and Management (1988-1995), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Philippine National Oil Company (1996-2001), Chief Operating Officer of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (1995-1996), member of the faculty of the University of the Philippines (1972), Assistant National Treasurer for the Debt Clearing Office in the Bureau of Treasury, where she worked from 1984 to 1988.

 Presently she is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Social Science Council. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mary Johnston Hospital from 2008 and the Vice President of the Center for Developmental Intervention Foundation, Inc. since 2007.

 Elegir, on the other hand, is no stranger with working with Philippine leaders and within the confines of Malacañang as she was a former Deputy Head of the Presidential Management Staff (2002-2009), Undersecretary (2003-2009), Assistant Secretary (1998-2003), Presidential Staff Director IV (1990-1998), Presidential Staff Director III (1980-1990), and Supervising Presidential Staff Officer (1978-1980).

 She earned his Master of Science in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom (1990-1991) and his Master of Arts in Economic Research/Corporate Planning from the Center for Research and Communication (1976-1978).

 She obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of Santo Tomas in 1964. PND (rck)

Aquino urges the country’s electrical engineers to help government attain full electrification
 President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed hope that the country’s electrical engineers can help government attain its goal of establishing full electrification in sitios across the nation.

 “Among our objectives in government is to establish full electrification in our sitios, and with your vigilance and support, our aspiration to empower every Filipino citizen can be realized,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (IIEE) on the occasion of its first Power Quality Asia Conference on Wednesday.

 The institute is holding its first Power Quality Asia Conference with the theme “Power Quality & Energy Efficiency: A Solution to Climate Change” at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The event started on Wednesday until Saturday (November 17).

 “The challenge of energy efficiency also comes at a time when natural disasters have prompted a rethinking of our strategies in the management and allocation of our resources,” the President said, adding that the event will give opportunity for the electrical engineers to discuss the effects of climate change on the energy industry,” noted the President.

 “Our country’s economic resurgence is complemented by your partnership, as you develop your profession alongside the consolidation of our collective talents towards national renewal. Through your initiatives to promote ethical standards, facilitate the advancement of technology in your field, and sustain academic knowledge through your continuing professional education program, you remain a dynamic force in your field,” he continued. PND (js)

Aquino flies to Cambodia Saturday to attend 21st ASEAN Summit
 President Benigno S. Aquino III will leave for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday to join other leaders in attending the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and other related summits.

 During his attendance to the 21st ASEAN Summit, the President will push for increased maritime security and cooperation, migrant workers’ protection, human rights, and the review of the ASEAN charter, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The chief executive will also initiate moves toward a peaceful resolution to the West Philippine Sea dispute.

 The formal summit will open Sunday and will be followed by the official launch of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, an Indonesian initiative aimed at ASEAN cooperation and peace and reconciliation.

 After that, leaders will meet at the plenary session to discuss ASEAN community building, ASEAN charter and the roadmap for the ASEAN community, updates on the 20th ASEAN Summit, master plan on ASEAN connectivity, ASEAN human rights declaration, ASEAN external relations, international and regional developments and other regional matters.

 The ASEAN leaders will also tackle the appointment of a new ASEAN secretary-general.

 After those events, President Aquino will participate in the signing of the Phnom Penh statement on the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. Representatives from the ASEAN inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights will also attend the signing.

 The President is also joining the ASEAN leaders in meeting with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

 On Monday, the second day of the summit, President Aquino will join other ASEAN leaders for the 15th ASEAN-Japan Summit, 15th ASEAN-Korea Summit, ASEAN plus three Commemorative Summit, 10th ASEAN-India Summit, 15th ASEAN-China Summit, 4th ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting with US President Barack Obama.

 On Tuesday, the President will participate in the ASEAN global dialogue together with other ASEAN leaders.

 The ADB president, the IMF managing director, the UNCTAD secretary-general, the World Bank managing director, and the WTO director-general are expected to talk on the role of multilateral institutions, the ASEAN, and East Asia in addressing the present economic woes.

 In the 7th East Asia Summit, the last meeting, the ASEAN leaders will meet the leaders Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and Russia.

 They will discuss the review of the East Asia Summit cooperation, the adoption of ASEAN declaration on anti-malarial medicine and regional and international issues.

 The ASEAN leaders will also attend the official launch of the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) negotiation together with the leaders of Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, and New Zealand.

 The RCEP framework establishes an ASEAN-led process for engaging interested ASEAN FTA (free trade agreement) partners and subsequently other external economic partners.

 The President will join other leaders in attending the closing ceremony of the 21st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on Tuesday afternoon.

 Prime Minister Hun Sen, this year’s summit chair, will deliver a closing statement and will lead the symbolic handover of the ASEAN chairmanship to Brunei Darussalam for ASEAN chairmanship in 2013.

 “ASEAN: One Community, One Destiny” is the summit’s theme for this year. PND (as)

Aquino to push for diplomatic solution to the West Philippine Sea issue during 21st ASEAN Summit
 President Benigno S. Aquino III will push for the peaceful resolution in the West Philippine Sea hoping that leadership change in China will enhance cooperation with the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

 The President will leave for Cambodia Saturday to attend the 21st ASEAN Summit and other related summits, in which China is also joining as well as the US.

 Raul Hernandez, the spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a media briefing in Malacanang that the President may raise the West Philippine Sea issue when he attends the plenary and retreat sessions together with other leaders on Sunday.

 “The West Philippine Sea or the maritime security and cooperation is one of our advocacies and it will be in this context will we push the discussion of this issue,” Hernandez said.

 While the leadership change is a domestic activity in China, Hernandez said the Philippines hopes that with the change, there would be a positive development in the relationship between ASEAN and China as well as between China and the Philippines.

 “That’s why we are also expecting that with the developments there, there would be an onward development as far as marine security and cooperation is concerned,” he said.

 With regards to the discussions over the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, Hernandez said it would be one of the topics for discussion with China in the ASEAN-China Summit.

 The initial ASEAN agreement, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the South China Sea, will reach its 10th year this year, the foreign affairs official said.

 Hernandez added that after the discussions, they expect China will commit on starting the negotiation on the Code of Conduct for the good and stability and the peace in the region.

 Asked if the President will push for a timeline on the drafting of this Code of Conduct with China, Hernandez said the ASEAN is ready to negotiate with China and already has the elements of the COC.

 “We hope that China would respond positively and immediately tackle this concern so that we can have something binding for our issue on the West Philippine Sea,” he said.

 At the same time, Hernandez said they expect that with the six-point principles initiated by Indonesia, the ASEAN and China could move forward in connection with the West Philippine Sea issue.

 Foreign ministers failed to agree on a joint communiqué on this the issue several months ago, raising perceptions about rifts in the relationships among the ASEAN-member countries. PND (as)

Philippines would welcome US support for resolving West Philippine Sea issue
 Any US backing calling for the adherence to the rule of law in resolving the West Philippine Sea dispute would be a great help for the Philippine advocacy in resolving the dispute peacefully, a foreign affairs official said on Wednesday.

 In a media briefing in Malacanang on President Benigno Aquino III’s attendance to the 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez said the help of US President Barack Obama for the peaceful resolution of the issue would be a welcome development for the ASEAN and the Philippines.

 “Being one of the dialogue partners, it would enhance the relationship between the US and ASEAN and I think the focus is really on ASEAN and its relationship with the United States,” Hernandez said.

 “Whatever help the dialogue partners—including the US—(can give) in trying to pursue a peaceful settlement of issues in the West Philippine Sea, in accordance with the international law particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, would be a great help to our advocacy,” he added.

 Hernandez said they also expect positive developments not only in the West Philippines Sea issue but also in the East Sea, which is also a conflict area between Japan and China.

 While he can’t tell how lengthy the discussion would be on maritime issues, the important thing is the Philippines is focused on pointing the need for a peaceful resolution of the disputes in accordance with international law particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Hernandez said.

 Also joining ASEAN leaders in the 21st ASEAN Summit are the leaders of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Korea, Russia and the United States. PND (as)