MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III bested other heads of state for his communications platform of promoting transparency and accountability.
He received on Thursday night in Hong Kong the PublicAffairsAsia’s Gold Standard Award for Political Communications.
Aquino won over Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and first Prime Minister of Singapore; Ambika Soni, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting; British Prime Minister David Cameron; ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan; and Indonesian Politician Anas Urbaningrum.
PublicAffairsAsia Executive Director Craig Hoy said: “These awards celebrate the achievements of corporations, governments and NGOs and identify those professionals, consultancies and governmental figures who are driving this important process of engagement and partnership in Asia Pacific.”
PublicAffairsAsia is a network of senior government relations, public affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region.
The group gave credence to Aquino’s “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap” line that he has been trumpeting since the elections.
In fact, Aquino had made sure that this would be brought into the public consciousness, it said.
Aquino had even capitalized on different platforms to bring this to the public. His communications team, for example, made sure of the government’s presence in the Internet.
He also launched recently the Public-Private Partnership Center, a cornerstone of its economic policy.
His nomination was developed by EON, a stakeholder relations firm.
“We nominated President Aquino because we believed that he is the person to drive lasting change within the political landscape of the Philippines. It’s a great thrill to see that our efforts have translated in a concrete result not just for the President, but also for the country,” said EON Chief Executive Junie del Mundo.
Last year, the award went to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono due to his exemplary work in addressing corruption in Indonesia through his Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).