MANILA (Mabuhay) – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday in Malacanan Palace.
Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister, is in the country to strengthen UNDP’s partnership and cooperation with the Philippine government, as well as to witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
During a press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Aquino and UNDP Administrator Clark would discuss issues of mutual interests, such as the UN’s participation on the rehabilitation of areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
“Si Helen Clark po ang tagapangulo o pinuno ng United Nations Development Programme at malaki po ang itinutulong sa atin ng United Nations through its various agencies, kasama na po ‘yung UNDP at ang Commission on Humanitarian Assistance na noon pang dumating ang super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ay nandito na sa ating bansa, kaya ipagpapatuloy po ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng ating bansa sa United Nations,” Coloma said.
“Inaasahan po natin na tatalakayin ng Pangulong Aquino at ni Chairperson Helen Clark ‘yung mga paksa na mayroong mutual interest ang ating bansa at ang United Nations, kung paano pa mapapalakas ‘yung partisipasyon ng United Nations sa pagbabagong tatag ng mga Yolanda-affected areas, at ‘yun ding kabuuan ng ating development plan dahil ito ay UNDP,” the secretary added.
Secretary Coloma said the President and the UNDP’s administrator might also discuss the progress in the Philippine Development Plan, the government’s development framework that seeks to address poverty, create employment opportunities and achieve inclusive growth.
“Siguro pwede na ring matalakay diyan ‘yung mga updates doon sa ating Philippine Development Plan dahil big picture ang concern nitong UNDP, ‘yung mas malaking larawan ng pangmatagalang kaunlaran ng buong bansang Pilipinas,” he said.
On Wednesday, UNDP Administrator Clark visited typhoon-hit Tacloban to see the ongoing recovery efforts there. (MNS)