- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte stressed the need to provide economic opportunities for Filipinos within the country
- He said his objective is to make working abroad an option and not a need
- The President has arrived after attending the ASEAN summit and a working visit to Indonesia
Arriving from his first international trip as the country’s chief executive, President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the importance of providing opportunities for Filipinos within the country, so as not to force them into seeking jobs overseas.
“Our objective is to make working abroad an option and not a need,” Duterte said, as previously quoted by the Inquirer.
President Duterte attended the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, Laos where he met with his counterpart leaders from the member states of the organization, as well as the leaders of other nations.
Duterte then headed to Indonesia for a working visit where he was welcomed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The Philippines and Indonesia released a joint statement, promising cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as working together to ensure maritime security along the waters it has common points of interest in.
Duterte’s international trip also marks the acceptance of the Philippines to hold the chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the regional bloc. He also met with the Filipino communities in Laos and in Indonesia.
In his arrival speech at Davao City, Duterte reported that the Philippine delegation worked hard in forwarding the interest of the nation during the ASEAN summit as well as during their meeting with President Widodo. He also urged fellow Filipinos to work together with his administration in order to achieve the goals of providing economic opportunities for all.