Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke impromptu to a Filipino audience during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in New York City on September 23.
Her remark was an expression of deep concern to the plight of the Filipino people.
The event was the signing of the Washington-based Millennium Challenge Corp. $434 million grant to fight poverty in the Philippines.
This was part of the U.N. global plan to end poverty and hunger by 2015.
“We want to assist the people of the Philippines to be able to do more for themselves, and we also want to see results from our investment,” Clinton said in her speech.
“Millions of people in the Philippines have left their native land for a better opportunity. They love the Philippines. I know because I know many of them. They try to go home when they can afford to do it. They retire back to the Philippines. They want to be sure their children and grandchildren are raised in the Philippines. We hope that, Mr. President, the people of your country will be able to make a good living in their own country. And in order to do that, there must be a partnership that creates the conditions for economic opportunity,” Clinton added.
Aquino assured the U.S. government that the grant will be used wisely.
“We will continue the Revenue Integrity Protection Service or lifestyle checks programs. We will ensure that the Policy Improvement Process Plan of Action will be implemented in parallel with the Compact projects to effectively address performance issues such as Control of Corruption. We are currently refining our indicators for the Performance Governance System, which was already introduced in six national government agencies, namely education, health, public works, transportation, internal revenue and the police. We will revive the Philippine Development Forum this year so that the Philippines will remain on track when it comes to our 2015 Millennium Development Goal targets, especially in meeting targets in primary education and health services delivery,” Aquino added.
The event took place at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.