President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday left for a working
visit to Chicago, the United States, and a state visit to Canada
from May 6 to 9.
In his pre-departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, the President said this
trip aims to promote a more open and stronger trade relations
between the Philippines and the US and Canada.
natin ang pagkakataong ito, para lalong pagtibayin ang pagsisikap
tungo sa nagkakaisang adhikain, gayundin ang pagkalap pa ng interes
mula sa mga negosyante ng United States at Canada para lalong
mapalago ang pamumuhunan sa ating bansa," he said.
one-day working visit to Chicago on May 6, the Chief Executive will
meet with leaders of large companies grouped in the US Chamber of
Commerce and the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
“Ang US nga po ang pangatlong major
trading partner ng Pilipinas, at layon nating paigtingin pa ang
pangangalakal na ito. Ngayong lumalago ang mga ekonomiya ng ating
dalawang bansa, ihahayag natin ang kahandaang sulitin ang bawat
pagkakataon kasama nila, at higit pang ipapakita na talagang more
open for business na ang Pilipinas,” he said, adding that he will
also meet with the Filipino community in Chicago to convey to them
the fruits of four years of reform carried out by his
The President further noted that at the
invitation of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, he will make his first state visit to the
country on May 7 to 9.
During the visit, he will witness the
signing of various memoranda of understanding and take the
opportunity to thank Canada for its support to the Philippines,
especially for sending military personnel and medical aid during the
aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda; for doubling its official development
assistance to $111.95 million in grants in 2014; and for naming the
Philippines as a “Country of Focus” for various forms of bilateral
assistance from Canada.
“Kaagapay rin natin ang Canada sa
pagsusulong ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao, bilang bansang kasapi ng
Independent Commission on Policing at para sa ibang uri ng tulong
nila kaugnay ng pagpapaunlad sa kalagayan ng mga kapatid natin sa
Bangsamoro," he added.
(full story: 05.06.15)