President Aquino pays tribute to members of APEC Organizing Committee

December 23, 2015 6:14 am 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — In simple rites held three days before Christmas, President Benigno S. Aquino III honored members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC) for their meritorious services during the country’s successful hosting of the year-long APEC events.

The awarding ceremony took place on Tuesday at Malacañang Palace’s Reception Hall.

Eleven individuals from both the public and private sectors constitute the list of honorees, led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., chairman of the APEC-NOC, who received the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu) with gold distinction from the President.

The other awardees from the public sector were:

• Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario (APEC-NOC co-chair) – Order of Lakandula with the rank of Grand Cross (Bayani);

• Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (APEC-NOC member) – Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu);

• Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento (APEC-NOC member) – Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu);

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Hernando Iriberri – Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander (Komandante);

• Philippine National Police Chief General Ricardo Marquez (Commander of the National Joint Task Force) – Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander (Komandante); and

• Brigadier General Apolinario Alobba (Deputy Commander of the National Joint Task Force) – Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Officer (Pinuno)

The honorees from the private sector were:

• Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (Chairperson of the APEC 2015 Private Sector Advisory Council) – Order of Gawad Mabini with the rank of Commander (Dakilang Kasugo);

• Doris Magsaysay-Ho (Chair of the APEC Business Advisory Council) – Order of Gawad Mabini with the rank of Commander (Dakilang Kasugo);

• Tony Tan-Caktiong (Chair of the APEC CEO Summit) – Order of Gawad Mabini with the rank of Commander (Dakilang Kasugo); and

• Guillermo Luz (Chief Operating Officer of the APEC CEO Summit) – Presidential Medal of Merit

The Philippines’ hosting of the APEC events began as early as December 2014 and culminated in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting held in Manila last month. (PNA)

RMA/PND/EDS

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