PRRD arrives in Beijing for 2nd Belt and Road forum

PRRD IN CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua upon his arival at the Beijing International Airport in the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday night. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BEIJING, China — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived here on Wednesday, April 24, to participate in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, cementing the country’s dedication to strengthen connectivity and economic integration by working with regional partners.

President Duterte’s plane touched down at the Beijing International Airport at 7:40 p.m.

The President and his partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña and daughter Veronica Duterte were received by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Philippine Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana.

“The President’s participation reaffirms the Philippines’ commitment to work with partners in the region to further enhance regional connectivity and economic integration in order to advance the country’s development agenda and sustain regional growth and development,” the departure statement stated.

President Duterte will join other world leaders and heads of international organizations in the forum “to discuss, among others, how to boost connectivity, further strengthen policy synergy and build closer partnerships, and promote green and sustainable development.”

Also, the gathering is an opportunity for the Philippines “to explore synergies on connectivity initiatives,” including projects under the Belt and Road Initiative, and the country’s Build, Build, Build and other development programs.

The members of the President’s official delegation include Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Also part of the official delegation are Commission on Higher Education Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III, Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr., Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez, Rep. Weslie Gatchalian Social Security System President and CEO Aurora Cruz Ignacio, Bases Conversion and Development Authority head Vivencio Dizon, Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China Fernando Borja, Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China Wallie Lee, and Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China Ramon Tulfo. PND