Gov’t spends P14.3-M for travel to Bali, Brunei
MANILA -- (UPDATE 2) President Benigno Aquino III has left for Bali, Indonesia on Sunday morning with the end goal of revitalizing trade with nations also attending the 21st Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit there.
In his departure speech this morning, Aquino said his attendance there will provide an opportunity to promote the Philippines before world business leaders and investors as a suitable investment venue.
"Taas-noo nating ibabahagi sa kanila ang positibong transpormasyon sa bansa, at ang tumataas nating kakayahan na makipagtulungan sa iba’t ibang larangan: sa usapin man ng climate change at disaster management, maritime security at sa pagpapaigting ng free trade agreement sa mga karatig-bayan sa pamamagitan ng Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership," he said.
"Malinaw ang batayang prinsipyo ng pakikiisa natin sa ganitong mga kumperensya: Bawat bansa, papaangat pa lang o ganap nang maunlad, ay hindi makakausad mag-isa. Anumang pagsubok na pinagdadaanan ng isang bansa, ay siya ring mga hamong hinaharap ng buong daigdig. Bilang responsableng kapitbahay, mangunguna tayo sa pagdamay at paggalang sa mga bansang kasalo nating naninirahan sa nag-iisang mundo,” the President said.
"Gaya ng lagi, nasa malayong biyahe man tayo, lagi kong bitbit bilang prayoridad ang interes ng mas nakakarami. Sa ating pagbalik, taglay natin ang mas malawak na kakayahan at punto-de-bista upang tugunan ang anumang problemang lumalapag sa atin," he concluded
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. and other government officials sent off the President at 8 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on board a chartered Philippine Airlines PR 001 flight.
Aquino said he remains committed to working together with world leaders and ministers of the 21 Pacific Rim economies, adding that the country is with the world in meeting challenges towards the path to economic recovery.
Aquino will be in Indonesia until October 8.
He will then participate in nine summits in Brunei Darussalam when he joins fellow leaders of the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) for the 23rd ASEAN Summit on October 9 and 10.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government is spending P14.3 million for the transportation, accommodation, food and other expenses for the two trips.
Included Aquino’s entourage are: Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Management Staff chief Julia Abad, and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario went ahead of Aquino days ago.
In all, there will be an 84-member delegation, Valte said.
Aquino will be back in the country on October 10.