Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. heads the Philippine delegates to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s 2nd Executive Council Meeting and 11th Plenary Session being held in Turkey from November 29 to December 3.
Other lawmakers attending the event are A-Teacher Partylist Rep. Julieta Cortuna, Negros Occidental 4th Dist. Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer, and Butil Patrylist Rep. Cecilia Leonila Chavez.
The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) was born in 2006 at the Seventh Session of the Association of Asian Parliamentary for Peace (AAPP).
The Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace grew out of the collective desire and concerted effort of legislators and members of civil society in Asia to promote peace in general and in the Asian region, in particular.
The APA comprises, in 2007, of 42 Member Parliaments and 16 observers. Each Member Parliament has a specific number of seats in the Assembly based on the size of their population. The number of total seats, and therefore, number of votes, is currently 206.
Members of Assembly must be elected by members of the Member Parliaments. The APA Charter and Tehran Declaration lay out a framework of cooperation among Asian countries, and point out to a vision; that is Asian Integration.