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Palawan-Kota Kinabalu route to boost trade, economic ties in BIMP-EAGA PDF Print E-mail

MANILA, May 12 (PNA) -- A direct flight will be launched from Puerto Princesa, Palawan to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, as the Philippines and ASEAN neighbours Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia intensify economic and trade cooperation.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, in a Palace press briefing Monday, said that President Benigno Aquino III and leaders of three other ASEAN countries during the 24th ASEAN summit agreed to concretize the proposed connections of roads, airports and seaports through the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Coloma said the 10th BIMP-EAGA Summit was held after the 24th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar that ended Sunday afternoon.

He said that apart from the operation of direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa, a memorandum agreement (MOA) between private companies establishing the Davao-General Santos-Bitung shipping service was also forged.

Coloma said BIMP-EAGA member countries will undertake these initiatives with a goal to expand trade and commerce cooperation, as well as boost livelihood of citizens of the four countries.

“Kaya ito ay masugid na itinataguyod ng apat na bansa kabilang na ang Pilipinas. (That is why these are aggressively promoted by the four countries including the Philippines,” he said.

On the issue of West Philippine Sea dispute, Coloma said ASEAN foreign ministers in a joint statement urged all countries concerned to exercise self-restraint and avoid actions, which could undermine ease of mobility and stability in the area.

This is in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“And to resolve disputes by peaceful means without resorting to threat or use of force,” he added.

Coloma said all parties to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea were also called on to undertake full and effective implementation of the Declaration of Conduct (DOC).

“In order to create an environment of mutual trust and confidence, the parties were advised to emphasize the need for expeditiously working towards an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea,” he said. (PNA)
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