Philippine President received at Jackson’s

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived early this morning in Port Moresby.

He was welcomed at the Jackson’s International Airport by a PNG delegate comprising Minister for Finance James Marape and Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari.

President Duterte was also given a traditional welcome.

He also arrived ahead of the main Summit, to attend to a couple of engagements.

At 2:30 this afternoon, the President will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the PNG Government and the Pacific Adventist University for a pilot rice farm.

Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Benny Allan, will officiate at the ceremony.

Minister Allan has launched the rice farm project in September with the Philippines Ambassador to PNG Bien Tejano.

The 25-hectare rice farm is on track for its first harvest in December.

Ambassador Tejano said then that the first harvest will be tested to see which species is suitable for PNG.

The rice farm is located at 14-Mile, just outside of Port Moresby.

Salome Vincent