City mulls mini ‘jeepneys’ as ASEAN souvenirs

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By Leonard T. Pineda I (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, January 18 (PIA6) --- The local organizing committee (LOC) of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is considering to give miniature ‘Iloilo City jeepneys’ as souvenir gifts to international delegates who will attend the event.

City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO) head and executive director of the LOC Junel Ann Divinagracia said that jeepney models here such as the ‘Pasajero Sosyal’ are a good trademark of Iloilo City.

“I have observed during the visit of international visitors here was that when they would see these miniature jeepneys in souvenir shops, they were amazed,” she said.

However, Divinagracia said that a major concern for this plan is that there are no local manufacturers who produce and sell these mini jeepneys here.

She said that other souvenir item options are the Dinagyang masks, ‘hablon’, or frames made from capiz shells.

Iloilo City will be the venue of five meetings for the ASEAN summit this March.

The city will host the 22nd SOCA Meeting and 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) Meeting on March 6 to 9, ASEAN Military Operations Informal Meeting (AMOIM), ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Meeting (AMIIM) and ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM) on March 6 to 10 and the 3rd ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network Meeting on March 14 to 15.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte led the official launching of the Philippine chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City last January 15.

The Philippines' chairmanship will be guided by six thematic priorities spearheaded by the Philippines including people-centered initiatives, ensuring regional peace and stability, pursuing maritime security and cooperation, advancing inclusive, innovation-led growth, strengthening ASEAN resiliency, and promoting ASEAN as a model of regionalism and as a global player.

The Philippines' hosting coincides with ASEAN's 50th anniversary celebration with the theme, "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World."