MANILA, Nov. 18 — The government is set to spend P11.6 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s participation in The Economist’s World in 2015 conference in Singapore from November 18 to 19, 2014, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.
President Aquino left this morning via a chartered flight to Singapore, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), President Aquino will be the keynote speaker at The World in Gala Dinner tonight. He is the first Philippine leader to speak in this global forum since the influential magazine The Economist started organizing the conference series in 2009.
Other highlights of President Aquino’s working visit to Singapore are his meetings with President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The amount allocated for the trip covers expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the Chief Executive and his 54-member delegation.