NAIA Terminal 2, Pasay City
September 7, 2022

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. brought home the good news of a fruitful and engaging four-day State Visits to Indonesia and Singapore as he and the rest of the Philippine delegation arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City.

In his arrival statement, President Marcos Jr. detailed his productive meetings with his counterparts from the two Southeast Asian countries that included President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, and President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.

During their respective meetings, the President said that they comprehensively discussed ways to further deepen the Philippines’ bilateral relations with Indonesia and Singapore. Among the highlights of his visit were the signing of several memoranda of agreement and understanding to further strengthen the ongoing ties in various areas of cooperation regarding trade and investment, defense and security, culture, counterterrorism, personal data protection and water resource management, among others.

“The visit also offered us an opportunity to exchange views with the leaders of Indonesia and Singapore on important regional and global issues that affect our regional security, cognizant of our roles as neighbors and partners in ASEAN,” President Marcos Jr. said.

“We all shared the view that in this time of geopolitical turmoil and uncertainty, unity, mutual respect and the principle of sovereign equality should always prevail in our efforts to uphold peace and stability and an environment conducive to our continued national development,” he added.

Likewise, the Chief Executive and his Economic Team met with the business sectors and investors from Indonesia and Singapore to explain the Administration’s economic priorities and promote the Philippines as an investment destination in the region.

His back-to-back visits to Indonesia and Singapore also gave the President an opportunity to meet with thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the two countries to personally express his gratitude and assure them of the government’s continuous commitment to promote their rights and welfare.

This is President Marcos Jr.’s first foreign trip since his inauguration as the 17th President of the Philippines and his first courtesy visit to Member Countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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