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VP BINAY SEES MORE ASSISTANCE FROM INTL' COMMUNITY; HOPES ADB DELEGATES WILL SAY "EVEN CONFERENCES ARE MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES"
Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay Saturday expressed optimism that the Philippines will receive more assistance from the international community after the country’s hosting of the 45th Annual Meeting of he Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Binay also said he hoped the 4-day event showed the bank’s key officials that even conferences are “more fun in the Philippines.”
“We are at an important juncture in our nation’s grand narrative. After weathering deeply ingrained corruption, we are now moving with swiftness to reform our government and make transparency and integrity a cornerstone of leadership and governance,” Binay said.
The Vice President noted the relentless efforts of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to fight corruption and his dedication to serve the public.
“We know that by ourselves, it would be challenging, if not difficult, to bring our nation back the road to inclusive development within our lifetime. I am quite optimistic that after their brief stay, they will have been convinced that our efforts are sincere and worthy of assistance,” he added.
Meanwhile, Binay also said he hoped the ADB’s board of directors had enjoyed their brief stay in the country.
“I hope that however busy they have been, and however short their visit to the Philippines has been, they have enjoyed the celebration of the senses within their grasp in the metropolis,” he said.
“I am confident that when they get back home, they will tell their family and friends that even conferences are more fun in the Philippines,” the Vice President added.
The ADB officials had been treated to a cultural show Friday night at the SMX Convention Center.