Aquino to have busy week at start of 2014

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Monday, January 6, 2014

A BUSY week marks the start of President Benigno Aquino III's Official Year, a Palace official said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that after a year of challenges - challenges endured by the Filipino people, displaying solidarity and compassion above all - the official year begins this week with two events.

"Coming at the heels of the global community's generosity and sympathy for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the first event is the presentation of credentials by non-resident ambassadors from Botswana, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Portugal, Samoa, Sudan, Zambia, and Suriname," he said in the regular press briefing in Malacanang.

As the first public engagement of the President, who is both Head of State and Head of Government, Lacierda said this meeting embodies government’s desire to further build on its relationships with the international community, towards creating more mutually-beneficial opportunities in the year ahead.

At the end of the week, he said Aquino will be hosting the traditional New Year's reception or the Vin D'Honneur for Philippine officials and the members of the diplomatic corps.

"This is the President's first opportunity to communicate his priorities and expectations, as well as his hopes, for the coming year," Lacierda said.

The President will also take part this week in the launch of the new Metro Manila Development Authority Traffic Signal System and Command and Control System, he said.

"All of these cap what will be a busy week for President Aquino, as he touches base with members of his Cabinet to ensure that the momentum of 2013 is carried over into the New Year, in which several significant objectives are due to be realized within the first quarter," he added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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