State Dining Room, Malacañan Palace
April 13, 2023
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., together with First Lady Louise Araneta Marcos, received the Temasek Foundation in a courtesy call at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace.
Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic arm of Singapore’s state sovereign fund, Temasek Holdings, which supports impact-driven programs and strategies to uplift the lives and meet the needs of communities in Singapore and beyond.
President Marcos Jr. conveyed his appreciation for the Foundation’s endeavors, particularly its prospective projects in the Philippines directed towards climate change, agricultural sustainability and fisheries.
During the meeting, Temasek Foundation International Chair Jennie Chua Kheng Yeng shared that she recently held meetings with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. and Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan ‘Toots’ Ople to discuss other areas of partnership where the Foundation can further provide support, including the coconut and bamboo industries, opening of scholarship programs and permanent residencies for Filipino nurses.
The President previously met the Temasek Foundation officials in September 2022, where he expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their generous assistance to the Philippines’ COVID-19 response efforts. The Foundation was a recipient of the Kaanib ng Bayan Presidential Award, an award conferred to foreign individuals (natural-born) and organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to the progress and development of the Philippines, or in advancing the cause or promoting the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
At the end of their meeting, Temasek Foundation presented a c.1963 painting of the Singapore Waterfront by Georgette Chen to the President and First Lady.
Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore to the Philippines; Board Members Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong, Mr. Goh Yong Siang, Mr. Arif Rachmat (Temasek Foundation International Executive Board); and Senior Directors Mr. Gerald Yeo Teng Han and James Chan Yong Kiat (Temasek Foundation) attended the event.
Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil and Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Senior Undersecretary Elaine Masukat also joined President Marcos Jr. during the meeting.
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