BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Representative Enrique “Tet” Garcia on Thursday considered the successful hosting of the four-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference in Bagac, Bataan as a “labor of love” of local government units, the APEC organizers and the owner of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
“Even local residents contributed much to the attainment of peace and order in cooperation with the provincial and regional police and members of the Metro Manila Development Authority and Metro Bataan Development Authority,” the congressman from the province second district said. Garcia made special mention of businessman Jerry Acuzar, owner of heritage park Las Casas Filipinas where the APEC meet was held.
A replica of Hotel de Oriente built in 1889 in Binondo, Manila but destroyed during World War II served as venue of the APEC Workshop on Fiscal Management through Transparency & Reforms and Senior Finance Officials Meeting of 21-member economies. The meet concluded last Friday.
“The heritage park of Jerry becomes the country’s showcase of history that no amount of money can buy,” the Bataan lawmaker said.Garcia also congratulated APEC for holding the special event in Bataan. “If countries cooperate with one another, when there is synergy, life in the world will be beautiful,” he said.
The congressman thanked Richard Parry, head of Global Relations Division in the Centre for Tax Policy & Administration of the Organization and Economic Cooperation and Development for kind words about fiscal transparency in Bataan.“We adhere to providing our constituents with truthful information on what are being done,” Garcia said.