Much has been accomplished despite non-completion of ASEAN & Related Summits — Remonde

April 12, 2009 8:02 am 

MANILA, April 11 — Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said today that the 14th ASEAN Summit and Other Related Summits in Pattaya, Thailand accomplished a lot despite its non-completion.

In a statement, Remonde quoted Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo as saying that “much has been accomplished despite the non-completion of the ASEAN Summit and Other Related Summits.”

Remonde — who is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's delegation to the ASEAN summits and in her visit to Dubai –- enumerated three such important accomplishments, with the US$ 120-billion ASEAN Equity Fund topping the list.

“One, there is already an agreement in principle as to the amount of contribution to the US$ 120-billion Equity Fund – US$ 24 billion from 10 ASEAN members, US$ 24 billion from South Korea, and the balance from Japan and China,” said Remonde.

The two other important summits accomplishments are “the establishment of the ASEAN political security community” and “the initial convening of the Committee of Permanent Representatives.”

The Press Secretary said the President — who left for Thailand at 3 p.m. yesterday (Friday, April 10) to attend the summits — “remained calm and collected all throughout.”

“We are proceeding to Dubai ahead of schedule,” Remonde further said.

In her departure statement yesterday, the President said she is proceeding to Dubai after the ASEAN summits “to promote the interests of our expatriate workers there.”

“The economy has been particularly difficult in Dubai but Philippine workers are still the most sought-after workers in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). As such, I will be going there to champion our workers before the government and those firms that are hiring workers in Dubai,” the President added.

President Arroyo stressed that “central to keeping our economy moving is keeping our workers employed –- at home and abroad.”

“The central mission of the Philippine government is in health, security and safety of our people. Good jobs and good wages will continue to help achieve those goals,” she said.

The President also pointed out that “global engagement has been an essential component of what has kept the Philippines from getting pulled under the raging economic waves sweeping most countries.” (PNA)

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