Palace exec cites broader coverage for ASEAN 2017

MANILA– More people are being educated on the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) through broader coverage of the Philippines’ hosting of the 2017 ASEAN meetings.

This was stressed by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan Friday, citing that Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials have noted increased awareness through wider media coverage.

“We spoke with some officials from the DFA who were able to see the logistics during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings two years ago and they said coverage and awareness of ASEAN is much higher than coverage of APEC,” he said.

“They did not give me any figure but they saw the increased awareness and effectivity of media coverage this time around compared to APEC,” he said.

About 1,700 local and foreign journalists have registered to cover the weeklong 50th ASEAN foreign ministers meeting and related meetings from Aug. 2-8, 2017.

Ablan said more media practitioners were expected to cover the 31st ASEAN Meeting in November, to be held here in Manila.

The on-going ASEAN meetings are being held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and Sofitel Philippine Manila.

Ablan, however, declined to give figures on how many delegates are attending the week-long event. Joann Santiago/PNA – northboundasia.com