Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is joining President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his trip to the United States.
Benitez, who is the chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines and of the Western Visayas Regional Development Council, flew to the United States ahead of Marcos.
The president left for New York on Sunday, September 18, to deliver the Philippine national statement at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Malacañang announced.
Marcos said his address will cover the Philippines’ vision of people-centered development, highlighting his administration’s thrust for economic recovery, food security, and agricultural productivity.
During his visit, the President will meet UN Secretary-General António Guterres and leaders of long-standing and vital partners of the Philippines.
He will discuss opportunities for more robust cooperation in food security, agriculture, renewable energy, and climate change, which are among his administration’s key priorities, Marcos said.
Marcos will participate in business activities to seal more partnerships to promote the country’s economic and sustainable development, the Malacañang statement said.*