DEPARTURE HONOR. President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. receives departure honor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City on Sunday (Sept. 18, 2022). Marcos will deliver the Philippine national statement at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

MANILA – President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. left Manila on Sunday for New York, where he will deliver the Philippine national statement at the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

In his departure message, Marcos said his address covers the Philippines' vision of people-centered development, highlighting his administration's thrust for economic recovery, food security and agricultural productivity.

"We affirm the country's commitment to the ideals of the UN, citing its contributions to peaceful settlement of disputes and of international law and the highlighting the importance of the UN in fostering international dialogue and cooperation," said Marcos, who was given departure honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

Marcos' speech will also outline the country's expectations of the UN and the work ahead, as well as "the role our country will play and our contributions to strengthening the international system."

"The UN is where the countries of the world congregate to discuss the most pressing challenges facing our people. Thus, it is important for us to participate in the General Assembly and to make certain that our voice is heard," Marcos said.

During his visit, the President will meet UN Secretary-General António Guterres and leaders of long-standing and vital partners of the Philippines.

Marcos said he would discuss with them the opportunities for more robust cooperation in food security, agriculture, renewable energy and climate change, which are among his administration's key priorities.

He is also set to participate in business activities to seal more partnerships to promote the country's economic and sustainable development.

"I will be joined in these meetings by key private sector representatives who have been and will continue to be our partners in this endeavor. More vibrant PPPs will allow us to achieve the better normal that we all aspire for," Marcos said.

The President is likewise scheduled to meet with the Filipino community at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

The 77th UNGA carries the theme, "A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges," which seeks to address unprecedented global trends, such as the pandemic and climate change. (PND)