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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PNoy to Trumpet Good News About Philippines in 5 Days US Visit

President Aquino will tell the world of the “good news about the Philippines” during his five-day working visit to the United States through his speeches in top educational institutions and interviews with various international media organizations.
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said Aquino, who arrived here at 8:33 p.m. on Saturday (US time), will once again trumpet the Philippines’ economic gains under his administration in his hope of attracting more investors especially in the manufacturing sector.
Aquino will deliver messages at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University here in Massachusetts and at Columbia University in New York during his visit, Cuisia said in an interview on Saturday (US time).
The JFK forum, he noted, “is a very prestigious forum” which normally invites heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers.
“I think he will continue to tell, not just the US but (also) the entire international community, the good news about the Philippines,” Cuisia said in an interview.
“He (Aquino) will, as you know, be speaking at the United Nations Global Summit on Climate Change on the 23rd. But he will also have a business roundtable in New York with business leaders from the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-ASEAN Business Council and US-Philippine Society,” he added.

In New York on Sept. 23, Aquino will also have interviews with the New York Times, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs magazine, and BBC, according to Cuisia.
The President, he said, can talk about “the consistent growth in the Philippine economy” as well as the reforms that have been undertaken under his administration.
“And, you know, one that he can be very proud of is the good governance mantra that he has been advocating from the start of his administration because that has really engendered tremendous optimism and confidence among international investors,” he said.
At the same time Aquino, he said, will continue to appeal for support for the rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon “Yolanda (Haiyan).”
“He will also say that we continue to face challenges. You know, the typhoon Yolanda, there’s a lot to be done; there’s also a lot of resources that will be required,” Cuisia said.
Relatedly, the President, he said, will talk about the need for the more developed countries to do much more in terms of bringing down carbon emissions when he delivers his message during the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit at the UN Headquarters on Sept. 23 in New York.
Among those accompanying the President to the US are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Presidential Management Staff Secretary Julia Abad.
In New York on Sept. (US time), Aquino will also have a business roundtable with business leaders from the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-ASEAN Business Council and US-Philippine Society.
Before going home to Manila on Sept. 24, Aquino will spend several hours in San Francisco, California to meet several more business leaders.

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