Thursday, November 27, 2014

Government Spends P11.6-M For President Aquino’s Trip to Singapore

Government Spends P11.6-M For 
President Aquino’s Trip to Singapore

The government has appropriated P11.6 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s participation in The Economist’s World in 2015 conference in Singapore from November 18 to19, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Tuesday, this week.

President Aquino left this morning via a chartered flight to Singapore, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary ArsenioBalisacan, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), President Aquino will be the keynote speaker at The World in Gala Dinner on Tuesday night, November 18. He is the first Philippine leader to speak in this global forum since the influential magazine, The Economist started organizing the conference series in 2009.

“This is a significant opportunity for our President to share his administration’s plans and reform programs towards sustainable economic and inclusive growth, as well as the peace process for Mindanao,” Ochoa said.

Other highlights of President Aquino’s working visit to Singapore are his meetings with President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The amount allocated for the trip covers expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the Chief Executive and his 54-member delegation. /MP

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