NAIA Terminal II, Pasay City
6 November 2012
After his first successful participation at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held last November 5-6 at Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II bearing good news for the Filipino people.
In his message, President Aquino assured the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in a trilateral meeting that the country is doing its outmost best to meet their demands.
The Philippines is now among the white listed countries at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit.
Similarly, in a discussion with Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, the Philippines is now on its way towards leaving the Italian financial blacklist.
Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg of Norway, on the other hand, promised continuous support in terms of investment as they have been persistently active in the country’s stock exchange.
President Aquino also stated that one of the biggest reasons for his travel is about the welfare and protection of the overseas Filipino workers.
“Hindi ako makakapayag na mailagay sa alanganin ang kaligtasan ng mga migrant workers natin; hindi ko hahayaang mapunta sa wala ang mga sakripisyo’t pagtitiis ni Juan dela Cruz,” he said.
According to President Aquino, the other dignitaries of the occasion were also impressed with the Framework Agreement with the Bangsamoro.
“Talaga naman pong umuugong ang paghanga, at iisa ang bukambibig ng iba’t-ibang nasyon tungkol sa atin. Ang layo na talaga ng narating ng Pilipinas, at nais naming maging bahagi sa mga makasaysayang repormang hatid ninyo sa mga Pilipino,” the President added.
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NAIA Terminal 2, Pasay City
10 June 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III highlighted his achievements in his six-day working visit to the United Kingdom and United Sates of America during his arrival at the NAIA Terminal 2 early this morning.
According to the President, his visit has yielded not less than $2.5-billion equivalent to P100-billion target business investment to enter the country from foreign companies in the UK and US. He said that by attracting foreign investors to expand its business in the country it will result to job creation and employment.
President Aquino also revealed defense and security agreements made with US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on issues surrounding the West Philippine Sea. He said that President Obama himself has stressed the importance of the Philippines as an ally nation, and that he supports the interest of the Philippines to maintain freedom of navigation in the disputed sea while underscoring peaceful negotiations with the rivalled country. Secretary Clinton had also announced that they will help build a national coast watch center in the Philippines and will send additional Peace Corps volunteers.
On the country’s growth and development, President Aquino announced that the Philippines shall be a recipient to a debt-for-nature swap which will relinquish $23-million of debt as long as trees will be planted in exchange. An additional $30-million under the Partnership for Growth program was also granted for the Philippines in support of government programs campaigning against poverty.
The President also expressed his delight in seeing a strong and united Filipino community in both countries. He added that the launching of the US-Filipino Society is a testimony to a growing support for the Philippines to reach its full potential.
“Anim at kalahating araw po tayong nalayo sa inang bayan; 42 hours po dito ay ginugol namin sa loob ng eroplano. Nakita po ninyo: hindi natin sinayang ang pagbiyahe, at talagang isinagad po natin ang buong pagkakataon upang isulong ang ating bayan sa landas ng kasaganahan at pang-malawakang kaunlaran”, the President said.
Accompanying the President were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang and Energy Secretary Rene Almendraz.
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Los Angeles International Airport
08 June 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III together with the Philippine media arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport onboard PR 001 after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
The President headed straight to Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Airport for a gathering with around 1,000 members of the Filipino Community in L.A. He is scheduled to meet two Filipino-blooded international talents Black Eyed Peas singer Allan Pineda a.k.a. Apl.de.Ap and American Idol Season 11 first runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
President Aquino was received by Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon of the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate General and Los Angeles Tourism Director Annie Cuevas Lim.
He is scheduled to fly back to Manila after a three-leg state visit in London, U.K. Washington D.C and Los Angeles City, U.S.A.
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Andrews Air Force Base
Washington, D.C., USA
6 June 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. onboard Philippine Airlines flight PR001 at 8:23 pm (Washington Time) after his succesful trip in the United Kingdom.
President Aquino is in the United States of America to embark on a four-day working visit that aims to further bilateral cooperation between the two ally nations and discuss the close strategic, economic and people to people ties between the two countries.
His visit was upon the personal invitations of US President Barack Obama and Department State Secretary Hilary Clinton made last year.
During his arrival, the President was welcomed by Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief Protocol of the US Department State, Amabassador Jose L. Cuisia, and Brigadier General Cesar Yano, Defense and Armed Forces Attaché. He was also greeted by the Filipino community whom he gladly received before leaving for his hotel.
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Royal Suites London Heathrow
4 June 2012
Onboard Philippine Airlines flight PR001, President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived at the Royal Suites London Heathrow at 9:36 pm (4 June 2012; London time) to officially begin his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 4-6 June 2012.
The United Kingdom is the first country in Europe that President Aquino is visiting as Head of State and it also marks the first official visit of a Philippine President to U.K. in over a decade.
President Aquino was met at the airport by Philippine Embassy officials led by Ambassador Enrique Manalo, Minister Noel Fernandez and Consul General Bernadette Fernandez.
Among the Cabinet members accompanying the President in the historic visit to U.K. include DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas, DOF Secretary Cesar Purisima, DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and PCDSPO Secretary Ramon Carandang.
Formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United Kingdom were established on 4 July 1946. The U.K. is the largest European investor in the country and is the 23rd trading partner of the Philippines. It is also the country’s biggest tourism market in Europe and is home to about 250,000 Filipinos.
From the airport, President Aquino and the rest of the delegation proceeded to Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel which will serve as the official accommodation of the Chief Executive throughout his visit.
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