MANILA - The government has allocated some P9 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III's first state visit to Malaysia from February 27 to March 1, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Thursday.
President Aquino left this morning for Kuala Lumpur via a chartered flight, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, Press Secretary Herminio Coloma, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad, Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino, and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
Funding for the state visit covers transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the President and his 57-member official delegation during the trip.
President Aquino is visiting Kuala Lumpur on the invitation of Malaysia's King or Supreme Head of State Tuanku Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong or the King will host a state banquet for President Aquino on February 28.
"Our President is expected to tackle several issues of mutual or shared interest in political, economic, and defense cooperation with Malaysian leaders. I believe President Aquino will also witness the signing of a couple of agreements on cultural cooperation and education cooperation," Ochoa said.
According to Ochoa, the Chief Executive is also scheduled to meet Malaysian businessmen and the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur.