PNoy arrives in Hawaii for APEC Summit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2011 12:07 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2011 06:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has arrived in Hawaii for his three-day participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit.

Aquino and his delegation arrived at the Hickam Airbase on board chartered Philippine Airlines flight PR001 at 2:15 a.m. Saturday (8:15 Friday in Hawaii).

The President is billeted at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel on Waikiki beach, not far from the Sheraton Hotel, where 21 APEC leaders will meet to tackle ways to protect the region from the debt crisis in Europe.

The leaders will also discuss pacts on free trade and green technology to boost the region's growth.

First on Aquino’s itinerary is a panel discussion with top business executives from China and the US. Philippine officials included in the delegation earlier said the President will press APEC countries to share technical know-how on energy efficiency.

Aquino and his delegation are scheduled to return home on November 15, in time for the visit of US Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Philippines.

The APEC is an economic forum formed by 21 Pacific Rim countries, including the Philippines and the US, that collectively account for more than half of the world’s economy.