Cong. Evardone, Gov. Nicart laud PNoy for successful APEC Summit

Tacloban City – Congressman Ben Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar) was all praise for President Benigno Aquino III for country’s successful hosting of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic (APEC) Summit. 

Gov. Nicart, Jr. (Eastern Samar) and Cong. Evardone (Lone, Dist., Eastern Samar) exchange pleasantries with Cong. Emil Ong (2nd Dist., N. Samar) during PNoy's visit to Eastern Samar recently. 
“The successful APEC Summit in Metro Manila is now one of President Aquino’s legacies for the Filipino people,” Evardone said in a statement. The 2nd term legislator from Eastern Samar said that APEC has affirmed that Philippines is a capable host to world events. “Certainly, hosting the Olympics is not an impossible dream,” he said. 

Evardone noted that the event should have opened Congress’ and every stakeholder’s eyes to economic development opportunities, as well as to the needed policy reforms on doing business, especially in priority investment areas like energy, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) agriculture, tourism, and human (resource) development, among others, taking into account the impact of climate change. 

The lawmaker also took the chance to mention the bigger benefits that the country will enjoy in hosting the summit. “We have secured various cooperation and commitments to strengthen our efforts for better public health, climate resiliency, sovereignty and security, and in our fight against dangerous drugs and transnational crimes, among others. Also, we are nearing entry into a bigger market under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP),” he said. 

“Indeed, the Philippines, under President Aquino’s watch, has leapfrogged from a ‘sick man’ to a reliable development partner,” Evardone noted. 

Meanwhile, Eastern Samar Gov. Conrado Nicart of Eastern Samar also expressed his congratulation to the president for the “huge achievement.” The governor said that in a competitive world, Philippines needs to be recognized internationally.
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