By: Leonard T. Pineda I

ILOILO CITY, February 17 (PIA) ---  The tourism sector of Western Visayas is all set to welcome delegates to various meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which will be held this year in various sites in the region.

Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the region’s tourism industry has been preparing for the influx of delegates and visitors who will participate in the ASEAN meetings.

“The tourism industry is always ready and I believe that part of the tourism industry is the military and security organizations of the government,” she said.

She said that there are three sites in Western Visayas selected to host various ASEAN meetings – Boracay in Malay, Aklan, Iloilo City, and Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

The three meetings in Boracay are the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on February 13 to 15, ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) Retreat on February 19 to 21, and ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) Meeting on February 21 to 22.

Iloilo will be the venue of the 22nd SOCA Meeting and 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) Meeting on March 6 to 9, ASEAN Military Operations Informal Meeting (AMOIM), ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Meeting (AMIIM) and ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM) on March 6 to 10and the 3rd ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network Meeting on March 14 to 15.

The city of Bacolod will be hosting the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting, Joint Consultative Meeting and Other Related Meetings on March 14 to 16 and the 15th Senior Officials Responsible for Information on March 21 to 23. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)