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President Aquino welcomes visiting Prime Minister Harper of Canada to Malacanang
 
posted 10-Nov-2012  ·  
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President Benigno S. Aquino III and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, review the honor guards during the Welcome Ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for the latter's State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines on Saturday (November 10). The two heads of government will discuss the upward trajectory of Philippines-Canada bilateral relations. The visit of Prime Minister Harper marks the highest level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years since PM Jean Chretien, brought a business delegation to the Philippines in 1997. (Malacañang Photo Bureau).
President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with arrival honors in Malacañang on Saturday. 

A 19-gun salute was rendered to officially honor Prime Minister Harper’s visit during the playing of the national anthems of both countries.

Canadian Prime Minister Harper, who is in Manila for a three-day official visit, arrived at the Malacañang Palace grounds at around 10:30 a.m.

Other members of the Cabinet who joined President Aquino in welcoming Prime Minister Harper and his wife included Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio Balisacan, Metropolitan Manila Development Chairman Francis Tolentino, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr., and among others.

The President then ushered Harper, who was accompanied by his wife Laureen Harper, into Malacañang Palace for the traditional signing of the Palace Guest Book. 

The visit of Prime Minister Harper marks the highest-level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years. In 1997, then Prime Minister Jean Chretien brought a business delegation to the Philippines.

In an earlier statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the two heads of government are expected to discuss the upward trajectory of Philippines-Canada bilateral relations. Among the issues that are expected to be on the table are the deepening of people-to-people ties, increasing commercial relations, and progress in the governance agenda of the Aquino Administration.

President Aquino and Prime Minister Harper may also discuss the gains in the Philippine peace process, particularly the newly signed Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, the DFA said.

During the visit, President Aquino and Prime Minister Harper will also witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippine Department of National Defense and the Canadian Commercial Cooperation on government-to-government transactions in defense and military-related procurements.

The MOU will ensure the smooth and expeditious procurement transactions with the Canadian government’s assurance on the quality of equipment from and compliance with procurement contracts by Canadian companies.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and spouse Laureen Harper, enjoy the cultural presentation during the Welcome Ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for the latter's State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines on Saturday (November 10). The two heads of government will discuss the upward trajectory of Philippines-Canada bilateral relations. The visit of Prime Minister Harper will mark the highest level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years since PM Jean Chretien, brought a business delegation to the Philippines in 1997. (Malacañang Photo Bureau).
President Benigno S. Aquino III and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada honor the colors during the Welcome Ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for his State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines on Saturday (November 10). The two heads of government will discuss the upward trajectory of Philippines-Canada bilateral relations. The visit of Prime Minister Harper marks the highest level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years since PM Jean Chretien, brought a business delegation to the Philippines in 1997. (Malacañang Photo Bureau).
President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, upon arrival at the Malacañan Palace Grounds during the Welcome Ceremony for his State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines on Saturday (November 10). The two heads of government will discuss the upward trajectory of Philippines-Canada bilateral relations. The visit of Prime Minister Harper marks the highest level visit of a Canadian official in the last 15 years since PM Jean Chretien, brought a business delegation to the Philippines in 1997. (Malacañang Photo Bureau).
Photo By Gil Nartea
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