EDITORIAL: A global Philippines

From gaining international support for different aspects of the Social Contract, to participating in dialogues concerning regional economy, and so on – this week’s Good News shows different ways through which the Philippines is strengthening its position in the global community.

Philippines, US Sign Joint Statement of Partnership for Growth

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Manila from November 15-16 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Philippine-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty. During her visit, she also met with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin to discuss new ways of stepping up the alliance to a higher level in 2012.

ILO official cites PH efforts in protecting domestic workers

Amy King-Dejardin, Chief Technical Adviser for Domestic Workers of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, Social Protection Sector, has cited the Philippines’ on-going efforts to ratify ILO Convention 189, also known as the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. She said that the Philippines serves as a shining light in the global initiative to ensure minimum standards and uplift one of the world’s most disadvantaged workers.

President Aquino returns from APEC Leaders’ Meeting

President Benigno S. Aquino III returned from the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii (from November 8 to 13) early Tuesday morning, after three days of engaging in discussions and meetings with leaders from APEC’s 21 member economies. He was accompanied by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo, and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.