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Bacolod City mayor creates task force to clear road obstructions

BACOLOD — The Task Force on Operation "Panghawan" was formed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia to lead the removal of obstructions in major roads that will be used during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings here next month.
Executive Assistant Celestino Guara Jr., task force chairman, said in a report Tuesday they are tasked to clear the streets year-round, but they will first focus on the preparations for the ASEAN Summit meetings.
About 160 delegates are expected to arrive for the two meetings that will be hosted by this city.
On March 14-16, Bacolod will host the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), Joint Consultative Meeting, and Other Related Meetings, and on March 21-23, the 15th Senior Officials Responsible for Information (SOMRI).
Leonardia said there is a need to smoothen the flow of traffic on the roadways by removing obstructions.
There is also a need to remove informal settlers from danger zones such as in the banks of waterways like rivers and creeks, he added.
The mayor said the task force shall coordinate and monitor the systematic planning, effective implementation, and sustained action on the removal of obstructions from roads to smoothen the flow of traffic in Bacolod.
Marciano Paynor Jr., director-general for operations of the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council (NOC), said Bacolod has a critical role in the hosting of the ASEAN Summit meetings.
Leonardia, in response, said: "We are thrilled and honored to host this very significant event especially in the light of the ASEAN integration program which can affect our daily lives."
"We can no longer think of ourselves as simply a Philippine city, we must now think of Bacolod as a city of Southeast Asia and align our goals with this," he further said.
The Philippines' summit hosting this year coincides with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.
Founded in 1967, the ASEAN is composed of member-states Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Dec-12 06.25.00 UTC+0800