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VIDEO | Aquino trips to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam to cost P14.3M

President Aquino shakes hands with Peru President Olianta Humala after they joined the APEC CEO summit in Bali. AFP PHOTO
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MANILA - The government has earmarked some P14.3 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s participation in two key regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam from October 6 to 10, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Sunday.

President Aquino left Sunday morning for Bali via a chartered flight, along with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Cabinet Secretary to the President Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Andrea Abad, PCDSPO Secretary Ramon Carandang and Presidential Protocol chief Celia Anna Feria, his first stop for a series of meetings in the next five days.

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario, who flew earlier to Indonesia, is joining the Philippine delegation in Bali for the 21st APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) and the APEC CEO Summit to be held on October 6 to 8. He will also join the President in the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings to be held on October 9 and 10 in Brunei Darussalam.

The expenses cover transportation, accommodation, food and equipment, among other requirements, for the President and his 84-member official delegation.

“President Aquino is expected to share a number of Philippine initiatives during the scheduled meetings in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam,” Ochoa said.

“Some of these will be on the areas of environmental protection and climate change mitigation, food security, women and the economy, infrastructure investment, among others.”

Ochoa added: “Our President is also expected to press for the need to strengthen cooperation in cross-border education and skills training to bolster development of human resources amid economic growth.”

The DFA also said President Aquino will meet with members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and counterparts from the other 20 member-economies of APEC to discuss issues of mutual concerns, particularly on the promotion of trade liberalization and facilitation, economic technical cooperation and people-to-people connectivity.

In Brunei, President Aquino will take part in the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, where he is expected to attend at least nine different meetings between the ASEAN and Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, the United States and the United Nations, among others, according to the DFA.

The Chief Executive will also attend the Gala Dinner to be hosted by His Royal Highness Sultan Bolkiah on October 9, as well as the closing ceremony and the handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship of Brunei to Myanmar at the end of the Summit, the DFA said.