Al­varez wel­comes AIPA del­e­gates

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By BEN R. ROSARIO

Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez has ral­lied leg­is­la­tors from As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) coun­tries and other na­tions to come to­gether to forge “stronger and col­lec­tive ac­tions to counter the tide of re­gional and global chal­lenges” posed by the spread of ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence, re­gional ten­sion trig­gered by mar­itime sovereignty dis­putes, and hu­man and drug traf­fick­ing.

Wel­com­ing del­e­gates to the 38th Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the ASEAN In­ter Par­lia­men­tary As­sem­bly (AIPA), Al­varez Al­varez aired strong op­ti­mism on the for­mal es­tab­lish­ment of the ASEAN Com­mu­nity by 2015.

Law­mak­ers and del­e­gates from from Brunei Darus­salam, Cam­bo­dia, In­done­sia, Lao Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Repub­lic, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, and Viet­nam. Also join­ing the group are heads of ob­server del­e­ga­tions from Aus­tralia, Canada, Be­larus, China, Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, In­dia, Ja­pan, Repub­lic of Korea, and Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion are join­ing the AIPA as­sem­bly be­ing held at Makati Shangri-La-Ho­tel.

“The ac­tive sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the AIPA del­e­gates will be cru­cial to the suc­cess­ful con­duct of this year’s Gen­eral As­sem­bly, which is cen­tered on the theme “ASEAN and AIPA: Part­ner­ing for In­clu­sive Change,” said Al­varez aas he opened the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Meet­ing of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

Al­varez is the in­cum­bent AIPA pres­i­dent.

“While the year 2017 is truly a mile­stone, our jour­ney will con­tinue beyond 2017. To­wards this end, I en­cour­age all the del­e­gates to ac­tively en­gage in con­struc­tive di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion on po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and se­cu­rity is­sues of mu­tual con­cern in the re­gion,” he said.

Like­wise, the speaker stressed the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing in the di­a­logue agenda ob­server coun­tries as deeper re­la­tions be­tween AIPA mem­ber and ob­server par­lia­ments will fa­cil­i­tate more peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact be­tween the ASEAN com­mu­nity and the peo­ples of ob­server coun­tries.

Ar­ti­cle 5 of the Statutes of the AIPA, Chap­ter IV (Struc­ture) pro­vides that the AIPA shall con­sist of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the Pres­i­dency, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, the Com­mit­tees, and the Sec­re­tar­iat.

Ar­ti­cle 6 pro­vides that there shall be a Gen­eral As­sem­bly of AIPA con­sist­ing of del­e­ga­tions from each mem­ber par­lia­ment com­pris­ing not more than 15 mem­bers, headed by the speaker or his rep­re­sen­ta­tive. At least three of the mem­bers shall be women par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

It fur­ther pro­vides that the Gen­eral As­sem­bly shall be the pol­i­cy­mak­ing body of the AIPA and shall meet at least once a year, un­less oth­er­wise de­cided by the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

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