NAIA Terminal 2, Pasay City
September 25, 2022
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. concluded a productive and eventful week as he and the rest of the Philippine delegation returned home following his successful Participation to the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Working Visit to the United States of America (USA).
In a historic speech delivered by the President at the 77th UNGA in New York, he addressed the need for united action against global issues such as climate change, energy, food security, rapid technological change and the protection of vulnerable sectors, among other international concerns.
“I articulated the role we see for the Philippines working with the United Nations in building a brighter future for our people and a safer and more just world for us all,” said President Marcos Jr., reaffirming the country’s longstanding relations with the UN as one of its founding members.
He reported details of the bilateral meeting with US President Joseph R. Biden where both leaders stressed the importance of the two countries’ alliance and expressed their mutual support for freedom of navigation and the peaceful resolution of international disputes. Apart from the US President, he also met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom on the sidelines of the UNGA.
He described the meetings to be “very productive”, noting that the Cabinet will “work to operationalize the many areas of cooperation” that have been identified during these meetings.
Aside from meeting various world leaders, the President talked with business executives from several US companies to bolster international investment and economic development in the Philippines.
“Together, we will be working on addressing some of our key economic challenges, particularly once again climate change, food security, energy security, to name but a few. There will be, I believe, good news to share in the next few months, particularly in terms of their plans to expand and further broaden their investment footprint in our country,” he mentioned.
President Marcos Jr. also gave special recognition to the Filipino nurses and healthcare workers for their crucial role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic when he personally met the Filipino community in New Jersey on the very first day of his visit.
The Chief Executive’s dialogue with the Asia Society served as the last stop of his Working Visit where he shared his views on the “opportunities, the threats, and challenges facing Asia and the United States, Asia Pacific Region and all our neighboring countries today.”
“And so, the work continues but I am happy to report that we have had a very good and strong start to our efforts,” President Marcos Jr. ended in his arrival statement.