At 10 AM today, the ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group meets for the last of a three-day stint to discuss, review and finalize plans and programs that will serve as part of a program schedule for the enhancement of trade and economic activities in the ASEAN region where maritime transport plays a major role.
Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator and Chair of the working group takes pride in the accomplishments achieved in the meeting and expresses his gratitude and appreciation to the delegations for electing him to steer its course. He also commends and is grateful for the support of all allied and affiliated agencies throughout the duration of the event and formally concludes the meeting by 12 noon. He is ably assisted by ASEAN Secretariat Megasari Widyati and Philippine Secretariat Atty. Jean Ver Pia, Director of Overseas Shipping Service of the MARINA.
First of four maritime transport working group meetings, the Philippines as host shall, in an interval of six months, provide venue to the transport working group meetings while at the same time showcase tourist locations, homegrown crafts and delicacies, and the Filipino culture.
Social activities were added during the event “to forge new bonds, delight in the pleasure of each other’s company, and enjoy the island of Boracay, though briefly,” Dr. Mejia says in his closing remarks and invites the delegates to return anytime to enjoy the beauty the rest of the country promises.
The ASEAN MTWG is made possible through the support and assistance of the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Health, and all their regional counterparts, the local secretariat composed of the full force of MARINA from both central and regional offices and local government units.