The government has allotted P12 million for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s two-day state visit to South Korea, a Palace official said on Thursday.
The President left Thursday morning for Seoul on a chartered Philippine Airlines flight. He is expected to be back in Manila before midnight Friday.
Aquino was accompanied by Senate President Franklin Drilon, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla.
Others in the official delegation are Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Andrea Abad and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.
In a statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the expenses cover the charter lease, accommodations, transportation, food and equipment, among others, for the President and his official delegation.
Aquino is expected to meet with South Korea President Park Geun-hye as well as with Korean businessmen and Filipino community.
“Our President is expected to tackle several issues with President Park. These concern not only South Korea and our country, but also the region, and cover matters related to politics, defense, labor, trade and development assistance,” Ochoa said.
“The President will also meet with key Korean business groups as well as the Filipino community there,” he added.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE