Aquino's Singapore trip to focus on OFWs

Posted at 03/06/11 5:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will leave for a state visit to Indonesia and Singapore starting Tuesday to ensure the welfare of Filipinos working there.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang said Aquino will specifically focus on the overseas Filipino workers in Singapore.

“There’s really a need to focus on those working in Singapore because there are many more of them there. Second, they are in need of more assistance because most of them are domestic workers. So, the issue regarding the welfare benefit of the OFWs is more for Singapore than for Indonesia” Carandang said.

Aquino will leave for Indonesia on Tuesday. He will then fly to Singapore the following day, where he is set to hold briefings at the Changi Reclamation Plant, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Technologies Kinetics and the Changi International Airport.

The visit follows a tradition for new heads of state to pay courtesy visits to neighboring countries in the ASEAN region.

Besides meeting the Filipino community, Aquino has also scheduled meetings with businessmen and organizations to gain support for the Philippine economy.

The Singaporean government will also confer on President Aquino the honor of having an orchid breed named after him, a courtesy accorded to a visiting head of state.

He will leave for Manila on March 11.