P14M allotted for Aquino's trips to Indonesia, Brunei-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE government has earmarked some P14.3 million for President Benigno Aquino III's participation in two key regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam from October 6 to 10, Malacanang said Sunday.
The Chief Executive left Sunday morning for Bali via a chartered flight, along with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Cabinet Secretary to the President Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Andrea Abad, and Presidential Protocol chief Celia Anna Feria, his first stop for a series of meetings in the next five days.
Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang, who flew earlier to Indonesia, await the Philippine delegation in Bali for the 21st APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) and the APEC CEO Summit to be held on October 6 to 8.
The expenses cover transportation, accommodation, food and equipment, among other requirements, for the President and his 84-member official delegation, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said.
"President Aquino is expected to share a number of Philippine initiatives during the scheduled meetings in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam," Ochoa said. "Some of these will be on the areas of environmental protection and climate change mitigation, food security, women and the economy, infrastructure investment, among others."
Ochoa added: "Our President is also expected to press for the need to strengthen cooperation in cross-border education and skills training to bolster development of human resources amid economic growth."
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the President will attend the APEC CEO Summit as a panelist on the session on inclusive growth together with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand and President Ollanta Humala of Peru. The APEC CEO Summit, considered a premier business event, is attended by distinguished global CEOs from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The DFA also said Aquino will meet with members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and counterparts from the other 20 member-economies of APEC to discuss issues of mutual concerns, particularly on the promotion of trade liberalization and facilitation, economic technical cooperation and people-to-people connectivity.
In Brunei on October 9 to 10, Aquino will take part in the 23rd Asean Summit and Related Meetings, where he is expected to attend at least nine different meetings between the Asean and Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, the United States and the United Nations, among others, according to the DFA.
The Chief Executive will also attend the Gala Dinner to be hosted by His Royal Highness Sultan Bolkiah on October 9, as well as the closing ceremony and the handover of the Asean Chairmanship of Brunei to Myanmar at the end of the Summit, the DFA said.
Aquino will return to Manila on October 10. (SDR/Sunnex)