President Tony Tan
MANILA -- Singapore’s head of state, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, will visit the Philippines from April 2 to 5.
This will be his first state visit to the Philippines after being invited by President Benigno Aquino III.
Tan is expected to discuss matters of mutual concern, such as defense, trade, and investment cooperation, and is also expected to visit the Yolanda-hit areas.
The Singapore leader will fly to Basey, Western Samar, where he will present medical supplies to the Basey District Hospital – a joint rehabilitation project between the Singapore Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Singapore was the Philippines’ 4th largest trade partner in 2013, with total trade amounting to US$9.27 billion. It is also the sixth largest source of visitors to the Philippines, with 175,304 tourist arrivals in 2013. Singapore also hosts a 180,000-strong Filipino community.
Tan will be accompanied by his spouse and a delegation composed of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu, who is also the Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and the Second Minister for Foreign Affairs; Senior Parliamentary Secretary Hawazi Daipi, who is also from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower; and Members of Parliament Dr. Lam Pin Min and Vikram Nair.