His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee Inc.
On the occasion of their 32nd Joint Meeting with the Japan-Philippines
Economic Cooperation Committee Inc.
[Released on March 6, 2014]
My warmest greetings to the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee Inc. as you hold your 32nd Joint Meeting with the Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee Inc.
The friendship between Japan and the Philippines once again came on full display in 2013, when our country was hit by super typhoon Haiyan in October. Many lives were lost and millions in property were destroyed; gladly, Japan was among our friends from the international community that were first to respond, sending relief goods, financial donations, and other assistance in the form of troops, aircraft, and disaster relief medical teams. The people and government of the Philippines are thankful for having your country as our partner in recovery amidst the challenges brought about by climate risk and our rapidly evolving milieu. May this be the beginning of an even more vibrant partnership between our two countries, in pursuit of our mutual agenda of prosperity and sustainable progress.
The Philippines remains steadfast in its goal of widespread empowerment and economic stability, as we strengthen our multifaceted relations among our neighbors in the region. May you sustain your remarkable contributions to stronger Philippines-Japan ties; let us further uphold our unity, as we set out to establish a future teeming with respect, dynamism, and opportunities, for the benefit of our peoples.
I wish you an engaging, successful gathering.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
6 March 2014