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MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III departed for the APEC and ASEAN summits on Sunday, November 9, a trip that will cost the public P24 million.
Aquino will be in China for the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, and will then proceed to Myanmar to attend the 25th ASEAN Summit. The President and his delegation departed Manila for Beijing on Sunday morning aboard a chartered flight.
The cost will cover expenses for “transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the Chief Executive and his delegation,” a statement from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr said.
“Mabilis lang po ang biyahe nating ito, at talaga pong siksik na naman ang ating magiging schedule sa pagtungo sa Tsina at Myanmar,” the President said in his departure speech.
(Our trip will be quick and our schedule in China and Myanmar will be packed.)
Aquino said his trip aims to spread the good news about the Philippines to attract more investors.
“Ilan lang po sa mga paksang pag-uusapan dito ang epektibong paghahanda at pagtugon sa mga kalamidad, ang pagpapaunlad ng ating Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises, at ang pagsusulong ng mabuting pamamahala,” Aquino said.
(Some topics we will discuss will include disaster preparedness and response, growth of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises, and our push for good governance.)
Part of Aquino’s group in both events will be Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
Malacañang said Aquino will lead a dialogue on economic reforms at the APEC CEO Summit. In addition, he is set to discuss “innovative development, economic reform and growth, and strengthening structural development” at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
He will also be accompanied in Beijing by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Social Secretary Susan Arnaiz.
After Beijing, the Presidential delegation will fly to Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar, where he will attend the ASEAN summit and related events.
There, he is set to meet with leaders from our ASEAN neighbors, the United States, United Nations, Japan, and China, the Palace said. He is also set to attend the launch of the ASEAN Communication Master Plan and the ASEAN Institute of Green Growth Economy.
There, he will also be accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
“Sisiguruhin nating magiging hitik ang positibong bunga ng ating pagdayo para sa Pilipinas at sa mga Pilipino,” Aquino said.
(We will make sure the trip will bring positive developments for the Philippines and Filipinos.) – Rappler.com