Aussie to build 5,000 classrooms in PHL

October 21, 2011 9:37 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 21 — The Australian government is building 5,000 classrooms in the Philippines, a major contribution to the country’s education sector, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday.

The President met Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at the Palace Friday morning. Rudd’s visit to the Philippines is important to strengthen the relations between the Philippines and Australia, the President said.

“Isa sa mga gagawin nilang tulong sa atin–may kakulangan tayo ng classroom–5,000 classrooms ang nakalaang gagawin nila at itutulong sa atin next year. Marami rin tayong mga relasyon sa kanila lalo na sa larangang diplomasya, yung mga issue sa West Philippine Sea, etc,” the President said in his speech at the inauguration of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute’s (NKTI) Diagnostic Center Building in Quezon City.

The Chief Executive said the Philippines and Australia maintain close trade and defense relations as well as cooperation on disaster risk management and education.

At the same time, President Aquino said he seized the opportunity to ask Rudd for a possible meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Rudd, a former Australian prime minister visited the country Thursday and Friday (October 20- 21). This was Rudd’s first official visit to the Philippines since he was sworn into office on September 14, 2010.

Rudd’s visit is one of the highlights of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Australia, which is being commemorated this year. (PNA)

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