NAIA Terminal 2, Pasay City
September 4, 2022

“Indonesia has been our ally and one of our closest bilateral partners for the past seven decades,” said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as he embarked on his inaugural foreign trip since assuming office for a three-day State Visit to the Republic of Indonesia on 4-6 September 2022.

In his departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City, the President imparted that several agreements between the Philippines and Indonesia are set to be signed covering key areas of cooperation such as defense and security, the creative economy and culture, among others. The Philippines-Indonesia Plan of Action for the next five (5) years is also expected to be inked.

Aiming to further strengthen the nation’s ties with its other neighboring countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), President Marcos Jr. would also do a State Visit to the Republic of Singapore on 6-7 September 2022.

“Singapore has become the Philippines’ top trading partner in ASEAN and the top source of approved investments in 2021. Our economic cooperation with Singapore has grown by leaps and bounds for the past half century, and more opportunities are just waiting to be tapped by both sides,” the Chief Executive conveyed, as he is also scheduled to meet with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to renew the Philippines’ commitment to deepen its bilateral relations with Singapore, explore options for advancing economic ties, and discuss regional and global issues.

Moreover, on his anticipated meetings with the Filipino communities in Indonesia and Singapore, the President looks forward to sharing with his ‘kababayans’ the government’s commitment and plans in enhancing its efforts to protect their rights and ensure their welfare, and to convey his appreciation for their valuable contributions to the country.