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ASEAN schedules meetings in Iloilo, Bacolod, Boracay

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – The cities of Iloilo and Bacolod and the island of Boracay will be sites of 10 meetings of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit hosted by the Philippines.
Based on the National Calendar of the ASEAN National Organizing Committee three meetings will be held in Boracay Island, five in Iloilo City and two in Bacolod City.
More than a thousand delegates are expected to attend in these 10 meetings composed of three Ministerial and seven Senior Officials meetings.
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 10 and 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.
Last January 15, President Rodrigo Duterte led the official launching of the country’s chairmanship of the ASEAN in Davao City which carries the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”.
ASEAN is also celebrating its 50th founding anniversary this year. Philippines is one of the five founding members of the regional grouping.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.