MANILA - The Philippine government is spending around P8.8 million for President Aquino's one-day working visit to Japan, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said Tuesday.
Ochoa said the meeting between President Aquino and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is envisioned to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan in many areas, including maritime cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, as well as trade and investments.
"Japan is an important friend and ally of our country," he said.
Funding for the visit covers transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of President Aquino and his 41-member delegation during the trip.
President Aquino left Tuesday for Tokyo via chartered flight accompanied by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario, Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad, and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
The President will meet with Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe to discuss areas of cooperation, regional security concerns, developments in the Bangsamoro peace deal, and promotion of trade and investments.
Later in the day, the Chief Executive will proceed to Hiroshima to deliver a keynote address at the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao Conference, an event organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Research and Education for Peace of the Universiti Sains Malaysia. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Seles will join the presidential delegation in the event.