Duterte returns from productive state visits

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DAVAO CITY (September 9) —  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived at the Davao International Airport Saturday morning, September 8, from his official visits to the State of Israel and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

In his arrival statement at the Davao City International Airport, he announced  what he called the  “crucial significance” particularly in enhancing trade and bilateral relations, security and defense, and increased protection of the welfare of Filipino workers, among others.

He said he is pleased with the renewed friendship with Israel and Jordan.

The four-day Israel visit according to Duterte,   tackled broadening cooperation in a shared effort to combat terrorism and transnational crimes, enhance security and defense, intensify two-way trade and investment, as well as to improve people-to-people exchanges.

The two countries also  talked about  ways to improve technical cooperation, particularly in capacity and capability building.

Duterte lauded Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for recognizing “the strength and depth of our meaningful shared history and the common values that bind our nations and peoples.”

In his  visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,  said they  discussed ways to expand further and improve cooperation on areas of mutual interests particularly in their efforts to counter terrorism and promote trade and investment, among others.

“In Jordan, I met His Majesty King Abdullah II. We identified areas for concrete collaboration to address terrorism and extreme violence,”  Duterte reported.

“Together with His Majesty’s Cabinet, we discussed ways to expand cooperation in two-way trade and investment, human resource development, interfaith dialogue and tourism, and other areas of governance,” he added.

Moreover, the rights and protection of Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel and Jordan were also discussed during the President’s official visits to the two countries.

“In Israel, the signing of the agreement on the employment of Filipino caregivers will help address the issue of exorbitant placement fees that cost our OFWs anywhere from eight to 12 thousand dollars,” said President Duterte.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte spends time with some Filipinos who were not able to get inside the venue. Joining the President are Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Akmad Atlah Sakkam. -Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

“In Jordan, two labor agreements will enhance the standards of protection for Filipinos employed as household service workers and regulate labor deployment, exchanges, and communication and further studies on labor,” he added.

“Your government will continue to do its part to ensure that the rights of our nationals working abroad are protected, enhanced, and upheld,” he further said.

The President also said that his visits concluded government-to-government and business-to-business sector agreements where investments are valued at over US $140 million. The contracts are also expected to generate more than 1,200 employment for Filipinos.

“With these landmark visits, the Philippines continues to write a new chapter of enhanced bilateral partnerships based on mutual respect, sovereign equality, shared interests, and common values,” he added.

“We reaffirm the Philippines’ position in maintaining and promoting peace and stability in the region and pursue our independent foreign policy. We are showing that the Philippines is, indeed, a friend to all and an enemy to no one,” he noted.

Duterte expressed his gratitude to the Israeli and Jordanian governments for making his “historic” landmark visits possible.-NewsLine.ph


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