The Philippine hosting of ASEAN 2017 gathered world leaders of the ASEAN Member-Countries to discuss key economic and political concerns.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar accepted the Presidential Citation on behalf of the PCOO at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace.
Andanar was with Rhea Cy, Officer-In-Charge of the Planning and Communication Research Division of the Philippine Information Agency, during the awarding ceremony. Cy was the overall focal person of PCOO during last ASEAN chairmanship.
Presidential Citations were also conferred to the following awardees: Catalino Cuy - Former Officer-in-Charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. - ASEAN NOC Director-General; Revimarc de Mesa - ASEAN NOC Deputy Director General for Conference Management Services; Reginald Bernabe - ASEAN NOC Deputy Director General for Tourism and Special Events Services; Araceli Villanueva - ASEAN NOC Deputy Director Genera for Tourism and Special Events Services; and Roland Pondoc - ASEAN NOC Assistant Deputy Director General for Administration and Logistics.
Duterte, meanwhile, conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Gold to Executive Secretary and Chairman of the ASEC National Organizing Committee Salvador Medialdea; Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez; and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano for the successful Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017.
The President also conferred a posthumous award, the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag, to PO1 Mark Mendoza, a policeman who died on Oct. 16, 2017 for rendering route security and traffic assistance along the North Luzon Expressway as part of the route security operations for the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting.
Mendoza’s wife Honesty, and their son John received the award.