The government has earmarked about
P11.8 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s
participation in the 26th Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in
Malaysia from April 26 to 28, Executive Secretary Paquito N.
Ochoa Jr. said on Sunday.
President Aquino left this
morning via a chartered flight accompanied by Finance
Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary
Arsenio Balisacan, Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.,
Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Mindanao Development
Authority Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Presidential
Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad and Presidential
Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Social Welfare and Development
Secretary Corazon Soliman and Trade and Industry Secretary
Gregory Domingo, who are also part of the Philippine
delegation, are now in Malaysia.
The amount covers
expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment
and other requirements of the Chief Executive and his
participation to the 26th ASEAN Summit is important as the
region gears toward the creation of an ASEAN Community,
which is envisioned to provide new opportunities for the
peoples of this region, including the Philippines,” Ochoa
During the two-day gathering of the region’s
leaders, President Aquino is set to attend the plenary
session, take part in the ASEAN Leaders' interface with
representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly,
and join other heads of state and government in meetings
with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, the ASEAN Youth
and the Civil Society Organizations, among others.
(full story: 04.26.15)