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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) — Malacañang lauded President Rodrigo Duterte's accomplishments at the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting Sunday, saying the country benefited from his participation in the event.

In a statement Sunday, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said, "During his meetings with our neighbors, friends and allies in APEC, the President actively engaged in important discussions and advanced our country's priorities in what we consider as the most important economic cooperation platform in the world."

Panelo noted 84 percent of the Philippines' worldwide trade happens within APEC, and about 83 percent of tourist arrivals to the country are also from the region.

"With the President's undiminished dedication to our country's economic progress and the formidable support he was able to solicit from the respective leaders of the APEC Community, we are enthusiastic to say that this trip not only benefited our country today but also its overall economy in the following years," Panelo added.

Duterte arrived in Papua New Guinea on Friday, November 16, to attend the APEC event in Port Moresby.

In his speech on Friday, the President said he would help Papua New Guinea improve its education system while the agriculture department inked a deal with the country to collaborate on agriculture projects.

He said this was done as the country had been kind to Filipinos living in the country.

On the same day, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol inked a memorandum of agreement with Papua New Guinea Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan to collaborate on several agriculture projects. The agreement covers rice, crop, coconut, cocoa, coffee, rubber and palm oil productions, among others.

The partnership also includes investments, exchange of human resources such as researchers and workshops, and training courses.

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