Today marks the the second day of the President’s State Visit to Vietnam.
This morning the President released a message addressed to the people of Indonesia offering his sympathy and condolences for those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Kepulauan Mentawai region of the country yesterday. The President heard about the disaster the evening prior and, in his message, offered the assistance of the Philippine Government. The Department of Foreign Affairs has subsequently stated that the RP is preparing a humanitarian team to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Indonesia. [Ref.]
Read the President’s message.
At 8:30 AM,  the President departed the Grand Plaza Hotel, Hanoi, for the Monument of National Heroes. There he placed wreaths on the Monument to pay his respect to the heroes of the host country—a ceremony undertaken as per tradition during state visits.
The following is the protocol for the ceremonies: Participants were requested beforehand not to carry any weapons, cameras, cell phones, and handbags. Upon arrival at the Monument area, President Aquino and the Philippine Delegation were received by the Director of the Monument’s Management Board, who invited the Delegation to slowly walk toward the Monument in two vertical lines. On behalf of the Delegation, two soldiers carried the ceremonial wreath and placed it at the designated position. President Aquino was invited to move forward to adjust the ribbon on the wreath, after which a military band played music in tribute to Vietnam’s martyrs.
At 9:30 AM, the President and his delegation visited Solutions People Innovations (SPi) Vietnam—a Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company based in Vietnam that provides outsourcing services such as conversion of published work or audio information into digital format, and online coding services. It was granted a license in 2006, and started its Vietnam operations in 2007.
SPi, owned by PLDT, is a leading full-service BPO provider with offices, facilities and over 14,000 employees in 29 locations across North America, Europe, and Asia. It provides domain expertise in Customer Interaction, Healthcare, Legal and Publishing markets. It also provides services across a wide range of industries including banking and financial services, government, information technology and media, among others.
The President and the Delegation were treated to a presentation by Head of Operations, Ms. Le Thi Dieu Linh on SPi Vietnam, and a tour of the plant intended to provide insight on the 600 jobs provided in Vietnam by this Philippine business process outsourcing company.
At 10:30 AM, the President headed back to the Grand Plaza to meet with members of the Filipino community in Vietnam, to thank them for their support during the elections and to inform them of the government’s projects and programs for Overseas Filipino Workers.
The meet was held at the Windsor Room, 2nd Floor of the Grand Plaza. In attendance was Jerril G. Santos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who made the introductions before the President gave his remarks.
The President spent the afternoon conferring with the members of his Cabinet. He is scheduled to meet with members of the media this evening.
Read the President’s day: October 28, 2010
Read the President’s day: October 26, 2010
 Note: Vietnam is 1 hour behind Philippine time (e.g., 9:00 AM in Vietnam is 10:00 AM in the Philippines). All time stamps herewith are in Vietnam time.
 The wreath (1.4m X 1.8m) was prepared by the Vietnamese government and the costs incurred was borne by the Philippine Delegation. The ribbons were prepared by the Delegation and sent to Vietnam’s General Department of State Protocol a day in advance.