Duterte commits to build schools, provide training in Papua New Guinea - The Daily Sentry

Friday, November 16, 2018

Duterte commits to build schools, provide training in Papua New Guinea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill / Courtesy of Presidential photos

Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte, after the successful participation in Singapore’s hosting of the 33rdAssociation of Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, flew to the pacific islands of Papua New Guinea(PNG)

The trip is historic for President Duterte, just like what he did when he made a state visit in Israel and Jordan, this is the first time a Filipino chief executive visited this pacific country.

Showing gratitude

He arrived early Friday morning at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby straight from the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits in Singapore.

The island nation is a home to more or less 40,000 Filipinos either living in PNG or as skilled workers according to the data provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The President was there to solidify the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

And one way of solidifying its growing relations with PNG was to show gratitude as he committed assistance to the island nation with respect to helping the existing education system of the said country.

“We need to develop and develop well Papua New Guinea. We are willing to help establish schools. We will send vocational skills training o TESDA. Governor, we are willing to help your livelihood projects here,” Duterte said in his audience with the Filipino community.

“Maybe the next generation would be at least receptive of improvement. But I commit to you that I have heard that most of our countrymen are treated well and respected, in return, we are ready to build schools, ask teachers to come here, and help in the education of your young people,” he added.*

Filipino engagement on the world stage

Duterte is expected to attend the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting from November 17 to 18. On the 17th the President will have an itinerary with ABAC Dialogue with APEC leaders, and APEC Leaders’ Dialogue with Pacific Islands Leaders. The President as head of the country will be attending the AELM Gala Dinner and cultural performance.

The traditional APEC family photo is scheduled on the 18th, after that he will be attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Informal Dialogue with other Leaders.

The members of the President’s official delegation include Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiƱol, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and Presidential Communications Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar.

In a pre-departure briefing on Nov. 12, DFA Undersecretary and former Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the chief executive will join the APEC Leaders’ Summit to advance and assert peace, prosperity and independence in pursuit of a comfortable and secure life for all Filipinos.

APEC, being most important economic cooperation platform in the world, Abella described the engagement as “a new era for Filipino engagement on the world stage.” 

Source: PNA