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PIA Press Release
2009/02/03

Highlights of PGMA's two-day visit to Bahrain bared

Manama, Bahrain (3 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is arriving here tomorrow night (Wednesday) for a two-day official visit in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as part of the government's effort to further strengthen its economic and bilateral relations with Bahrain, host to thousands of Filipino overseas workers.

From a successful working visit in Davos, Switzerland, the President will fly here where she, together with her lean entourage, is expected to arrive at around 7 in the evening (12 midnight Manila time) at the Royal Terminal of Bahrain International Airport.

Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa will personally welcome the President when she disembark at the presidential plane.

Also on hand to welcome the President at the Royal Terminal of Bahrain International Airport were Bahrain senior officials, Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Eduardo Pablo Maglaya, Special Envoy of the Philippines to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Amable R. Aguiluz, and among others.

After the brief welcome rites, the President will motor to the Gulf Hotel International Convention Center, only 5 minutes away from the airport, where she is scheduled to meet the Filipino community here.

On the second day of her visit here, the President will visit Ama International University, Salmabad Campus, where she expected to lead the ribbon-cutting and electronic unveiling of the special dedication marker of the university.

Ama International University is the pioneer in information technology (IT)-based education and largest IT in Asia with an annual student population of 150,000 worldwide.

In the Philippines, AMA has more than 200 campuses. At present AMA Almabad Campus here is the largest and first Filipino-run private international university in the Kingdom.

Established in 1980, AMA campus here was envisioned by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa, to deliver quality education and maintain its leadership as a premier educational institution in the entire Gulf.

The establishment of AMA campus here is in recognition to the administration's vision of the Global Filipino and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Among the courses offered by AMA here are the following: medicine, business informatics, international studies, computer science, engineering informatics, mechatronics, engineering, general education courses and masteral programs for MBA and MS in computer science.

After which, the President is also scheduled to meet His Majesty the King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Gudaibiya Palace, to be followed by luncheon hosted by the King himself, and to witness the signing of a memorandum of agreement on agriculture to be sign by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and its counterpart?

Top officials expected to join the President in her visit here are Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Ralph Recto, and national security adviser Secretary Norberto Gonzales. (PIA) [top]

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