Speeches

 Speeches as delivered by the Department Secretary during various engagements.
Economic Briefings
His Excellency, President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr.; fellow cabinet members; and our business partners from the U.S. and the Philippines—a pleasant morning to all. As President Marcos has said recently, “We are currently on a steady path to a strong recovery from the pandemic and a robust economic expansion.” Vital
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His Excellency, President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., fellow workers in government, and our business partners in the private sector from Singapore and the Philippines—a pleasant afternoon to all. The Strategic Investment Priority Plan (SIPP) has three tiers. These are: Tier 1 is for modern agriculture and food processing, design-focused industries,
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Stakeholders Events
The country is on a steady path to a strong post-pandemic recovery and a robust economic expansion. We see the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the climate change has opportunities to transform the Philippine economy into one that is sustainable, inclusive, and resilient. To pave the
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Guten Morgen! His Excellency Ambassador Alain Guschen, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, colleagues in government, and esteemed guests, a pleasant morning to all. Congratulations to the organizers of this 3-day Innovation Exhibit showcasing Swiss ingenuity and craftsmanship. We share in the felicitations as the occasion also celebrates our two
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Congratulations to Manila Times on its 124th anniversary. This joyous occasion marks a milestone in Manila Times’ long-standing commitment to its readers. From its maiden issue in 1898 and its cycles of rebirth since, to its flourishing anew starting the 2000s—Manila Times has served a nation inspired by history, and
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Thank you, please take your seat. This is quite a show. I’m glad to see my former friends from UP, the Singing Ambassadors that gave us a good rendition of a favorite song and also, of course, the heartfelt national anthem of the Philippines. I’d like to greet my colleagues
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Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute, esteemed guests and partners from government and private sectors—a pleasant morning to all. I am glad to join you today as we celebrate and commence the 11th year of Design Week Philippines. For over a decade, Design Week Philippines has stayed
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Let me greet Ambassador Christian Lyster, which I understand just starting his tour duty a few days ago, our Ambassador of Norway Rico Fos, Congressman Rex Gatchalian, and Mr. Carl Faannessen, let’s talk about togetherness. It is a pleasure to join you today and I’m very happy to have this
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Good afternoon to all. First, please accept my heartfelt congratulations to my colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Program. Many years ago, I’ve sat as a chair with the board of judges of PQA. Thanks also to our
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Let me greet the Honorable Mayor Joy Belmonte whom I have been seeing for few years now as the leader of Quezon City where I have been residing for many years now, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, thank you for the introduction again, the members of the Diplomatic Corps, distinguished guests,
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World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand Ndiame Diop; other World Bank officials with us today; colleagues from government; partners in the private and nonprofit sectors; and the academe—a pleasant morning to all. Congratulations to the World Bank on launching its report, “A New Dawn for Global
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RCG Global Services President & CEO Robert Simplot, RCD-ODC President and Managing Director Richard McGonegal, executives and staff of RCG Information Technology Philippines, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant evening to you all. First of all, I would like to congratulate RCG Information Technology Philippines on the occasion of your 25th
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