MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino touted the strong performance of the Philippine economy before a group of visiting Filipino-American doctors in Malacanang.
Amid the slight drop in the Aquino administration's SWS satisfaction ratings, Aquino boasted of the few "successes" of his administration last year.
He noted the Philippines was the second fastest-growing economy in Asia last year, next only to China.
"Despite all the disasters that struck towards the end of 2013, we recorded a fourth quarter GDP growth of 6.5%. This pushed our GDP to 7.2% for the entire, year, making us one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, second only to China," he said during the meeting with members and officials of the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago.
The President told the visiting doctors that they too, had a role in the country's economic growth, with every peso and dollar that they bring in to the country.
The doctors were received by the President in Malacanang as a way of thanking them for their efforts in post-Yolanda medical and dental operations.
"With your assistance, I am certain that the recipients of your care and kindness are now much closer to recovery," Aquino said.