UK pledges P22.2-M for 'Pablo' relief efforts
MANILA, Philippines - The government of the United Kingdom will contribute P22.2 million to ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon "Pablo."
In a statement, the UK embassy said visiting UK Member of Parliament Hon. Hugo Swire announced the assistance after his meeting with President Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario.
"Seeing first-hand the growth and policy dynamism in the Philippines has reinforced why this is an exciting time for UK / Philippines relations. Our shared values such as respect for democracy, human rights and the promotion of free trade and investment mean that we are very compatible markets," Swire said.
"I will return to the UK determined to increase awareness of the good things that are happening here, the strong appetite for more British trade and investment particular in infrastructure, health and education and committed to working with friends and partners in the Philippines to realise the great potential," he added.
Swire’s meeting with President Aquino was part of a two-day visit, his first official trip to the Philippines. He also met with Secretaries Albert del Rosario (DFA), Cesar Purisima (DoF), Joseph Emilio Abaya (DoTC), Teresita Deles (OPAPP) and Mar Roxas (DILG).
Key elements of the discussions covered the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, as well as plans to enhance the two countries' bilateral trade and investment.
Swire and Secretary del Rosario also signed two agreements covering Air Services and a Joint Plan of Action to boost bilateral links. - Rappler.com
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