Statement of President Aquino at the press conference with Chancellor Merkel, September 19, 2014

Chancellor Merkel, our meeting today was indeed historic, insightful, and significant—one that embodies our common values and shared aspirations. We had the opportunity to deepen the relations between our countries, and discuss our strategic vision for the future of the Philippines-Germany relationship—a relationship that has spanned 60 fruitful years—one which has grown into a strong, comprehensive, and pragmatic partnership that allows us to effectively address common challenges, and harness shared opportunities for the benefit of our peoples, our regions, and the larger community of nations.


DSWD releases P6.6M worth of aid for Mayon evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P6.6 million worth of assistance to Legazpi City, Albay, to meet the needs of families who fled their homes due to the increasing unrest of Mt. Mayon.

Message of President Aquino to the Municipality of Argao, Cebu on the occasion of their 226th Annual Town Fiesta, September 19, 2014

Our national recovery and rehabilitation efforts surge ahead: We continue to empower our citizenry through social services and build back better communities, particularly in the Visayas which were deeply affected by the 5.2-magnitude earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda last year. May your fiesta inspire hope and strength in the hearts of our kababayans, so we may move forward together and fortify the foundations of our beloved Philippines.

Message of President Aquino to the Youth LEAD Philippines on the occasion of their Third Philippine I Transform! Youth Leaders Convention Luzon Wave, September 19, 2014

In the face of last year’s succession of calamities, our vulnerabilities as a developing nation amidst today’s rapidly shifting milieu were exposed; climate change continues to drastically alter the global landscape, our lifestyles, and the Philippines. Despite this, the Filipino people remain resolute, and will persevere through any challenge.