EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City
11 December 2012

President Benigno S. Aquino III highlighted in his message the significance of technology in bridging distance, filling the gaps in language and culture, and how it becomes a vehicle for direct action as he graced the 13th International Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) held at Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

The President said that the Southeast Asian countries are greatly aware of the danger brought about by climate change and  mentioned that while the Philippines has no control over the number of typhoons that visit the country every year, the government is doing its best to minimize the damage these typhoons may cause by putting in place the appropriate mechanisms and processes. He proudly announced the improved weather forecasting and flood warning systems of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and said that it now truly provides what its name stands for which is hope.

President Aquino then recognized the initiatives of SEAMEO in improving the basic education in the country. “Your tradition of helping Filipinos – indeed, of helping the Southeast Asian peoples – continues today with a conference specifically geared towards sustainable development: utilizing education, innovation and technology for a green Southeast Asia,” he said.

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