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Alvarez urges ASEAN solons to translate AIPA resolutions into policies

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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday called on his fellow lawmakers in the Southeast Asian region to translate the resolutions they adopted in the recently-concluded 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly into actual policies in order for make their meeting truly productive.

“I therefore call upon the AIPA Member Parliaments and Observer Countries to put more effort into raising awareness on the outcome of this General Assembly, as well as those of previous ones, with the aim of incorporating them into your legislative agenda priorities,” Alvarez, the outgoing AIPA president, said in his closing remarks for the event.

During the assembly, ASEAN lawmakers adopted 21 resolutions through consensus-building, primarily aimed at addressing key regional issues, such as economic and social matters, health of women migrant workers as well as AIPA organizational matters.

A total of 130 Members of Parliament were present during the General Assembly, representing 111 delegates from 10 AIPA member countries and 19 delegates from nine AIPA observer countries.

Alvarez, in his speech, underscored the need for AIPA to promote inclusiveness and equity in the ASEAN region.

“Our region today is one committed to lasting peace and sustained growth," he said.

"To achieve the collective success that we all aspire for, we need to safeguard that our ASEAN Community is people-centered in every aspect,” he added.

Alvarez thanked the parliamentarians for making the general assembly a success.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as I come to the end of my term as AIPA president, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all AIPA Member Parliaments, the AIPA Secretariat, and all relevant parties both local and international for your support [of] my presidency,” he said.

The next AIPA general assembly will be held in Singapore next year, with Deputy Speaker Lee Biow Chuan of the Parliament of Singapore declared as the next AIPA president. — BM, GMA News

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