GASTOS NI P-NOY SA JAPAN: P16.34-M

TUMATAGINTING NA P16.34 milyon ang magagastos ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang limang araw na biyahe patungong Japan para dumalo sa 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

Sinabi ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. na ang nasabing halaga ay para sa accommodations, transportation, pagkain at commercial airfares ng 51-man delegation na kasama ng Punong Ehekutibo sa pulong sa Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders sa Yokohama mula Nobyembre 12 hanggang 15.

Sinabi ni Ochoa na nakapag-adjust na aniya ang staff ng Malakanyang sa “penny-pinching ways” ni Pangulong Aquino.

“Everyone is conscious about the President’s desire to cut back on unnecessary expenses, so support staff are aware that they have to trim back their numbers to the barest minimum to perform their tasks during the trip,” pahayag ni Ochoa.

Sinabi ng Executive Secretary na mayroon ding iba pang istriktong polisiyang ipinatutupad sa iba pang tauhan ng gobyerno na nagnanais magbiyahe sa labas ng bansa.

“Only agency heads, for example, are allowed to use business class for commercial flights abroad––and only on long-haul flights to destinations like the United States. For shorter flights, everyone has to fly economy,” ayon kay Ochoa.

Kasama ni Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang biyahe sa Japan sina Foreign Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Energy Secretary Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad, at Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning head Ramon A. Carandang.

“The APEC is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APEC members account for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population, approximately 54 percent of world gross domestic product and about 44 percent of world trade,” ayon sa ulat.

(ANTAX EMPLEO)

Pinoy Parazzi News Service

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