Aquino reaffirms vow to become partners of growth with international community

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MANILA -- President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to the international community of the Philippines’ continued support towards strengthening cooperation and promoting dialogue.



In his toast during the traditional vin d’honneur commemorating the 115th Year Anniversary of Philippine Independence held in Malacanang on Wednesday, the President affirmed to members of the diplomatic corps that the Philippines and its people continued to be partners towards “finding solutions to the challenges that we collectively face.”

“On this day, we also renew our collective pledge to foster an international environment of positive engagement. Your Excellencies, as you work to strengthen cooperation and promote dialogue, you will always find partners in the Filipino people and their government,” the President said.

 He hoped the international community would reciprocate and continue working with the Philippines in order to realize the full potential of the Filipino people.

 “It is my hope that, as my administration strives for more meaningful and lasting reform in our country, you will continue working with us in realizing the full potential of the Filipino people and in finding solutions to the challenges that we collectively face,” the President said.

 In response Papal Nuncio and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps His Excellency Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto cited “the excellent results delivered by the Executive in the economic sphere.”

 “We cannot forget, in fact, the most recent events in the institutional life of the country and the excellent results delivered by the Executive in the economic sphere, in view of an inclusive growth by creating employment opportunities and reducing poverty said,” Pinto said.

 “Also appreciated is the progress in the efficiency of public administration, improvements in healthcare and education, as well as the efficient allocation of resources,” he added.

 Pinto also lauded the government for its efforts at attaining peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front through the signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement last October 15, 2012.

 “The journey towards the full implementation of the legal instrument, with the anticipated conclusion of annexes, coincides with the path to a better understanding and intensification of dialogue between religions and culture,” Pinto said.

 “For a future of harmony and collaboration in the areas covered by the historic agreement, together with my distinguished colleagues, the Heads of Diplomatic Missions, I would like to renew the most cordial best wishes to you, Mister President, and to the noble Filipino people on this happy occasion,” he added. 

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