PBBM flies to NY for UNGA, business talks to boost PHL recovery with more PPPs

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. eyeing to forge more public-private partnerships (PPP) to help in the country’s pandemic recovery during his trip to the United States (US) this week for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

In his pre-departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 Sunday morning, Marcos said the local business leaders accompanying him will help attract additional private sector investors to the country. 

“I will also participate in business activities to forge more partnerships to advance our national economic and sustainable development in general,” Marcos said.  

” I will be joined in these meetings by key private sector representatives who have been and will continue to be our partners in this endeavor. More vibrant PPPs will allow us to achieve the better normal that we all aspire for,” he added. 

On Friday, Malacañang announced Marcos will be joined by a business delegation to hold an economic briefing in the US to help draw more foreign investments to the country.  

The President will be meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) Business Council for possible business deals. 

Marcos will be in the US from Sept. 18 to 24 to attend the UNGA together with more than 150 other heads of state. 

In the speech he is scheduled to deliver on Tuesday, he will “outline” his expectations in the UN as well as the role the country will play in strengthening the “international system.”

“We affirm the country’s commitment to the ideals of the UN, citing its contributions to peaceful settlement of disputes and of international law and highlighting the importance of the UN in fostering international dialogue and cooperation,” Marcos said.  

The speech, Marcos said, will also focus on “people-centric development” and the government’s thrust in economic recovery, food security and agricultural productivity.

During his US trip, Marcos will also hold bilateral meetings with the country’s “long-standing and important partners” as well as meet with the Filipino community. 

Press Secretary Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said Vice President Sara Z. Duterte will serve as caretaker of the Office of the President, while Marcos is still in the US.

Image credits: AP/Andrew Harnik

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