DILG Undersecretary Peter Irving C. Corvera and DND Undersecretary Natalio C. Ecarma III led a celebratory cocktail party in the Philippine Air Force Officer’s Club for the success of the conduct of APEC 2015 First Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings held in Clarkfield and Subic Freeport Zones last January 23 – February 7, 2015. The two were co-chairmen of the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness of the APEC National Organizing Committee which oversaw and directed all security preparations and concerns before and throughout the duration of the event.
The party was organized to acknowledge the efforts of the committee members for providing an exceptional job in securing the APEC delegates. After two peaceful and orderly weeks in which not even any form of petty crime was reported, Usec. Corvera and Usec. Ecarma III explicitly expressed their gratitude in front of the committee members led by Police Director Ricardo C. Marquez, PRO3 Director Ronaldo V. Santos, OCD3 Director Josefina T. Timoteo, DOH3 Director Leonita P. Gorgolon, NICA3 Assistant Director Mildred C. Abordo and Col. David Diciano of the AFP among others.
After the gathering, the group transferred to the Rendezvous Restaurant also inside the Clarkfield Freeport Zone for a final meeting to discuss the details of the event security as a debriefing and in preparation for the next APEC meetings to be held later within the year. All of the Site Sub-Task Groups presented their reports in which their adaptability and flexibility in handling resources and time constraints were highlighted and greatly appreciated by the committee chairmen.
As a fitting end to the meeting, Usec. Corvera delivered an inspirational message and appreciation of the work and effort of all of the persons involved in the activity. He specifically mentioned the leadership provided by Police Director Marquez who was constantly present throughout the duration of the APEC meetings. Furthermore, he advocated that the experience earned from the event augment the groundwork for the succeeding APEC meetings especially for the big events or the Ministerial and Economic Leaders’ Meetings on November, 2015.
Lastly, Usec. Corvera emphasized the value of teamwork in handling such events. “We must not lose our individuality but when we come here, we come here as a part of the team”, he stated