Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in the Philippines on November 10, 2012 to discus with President Noynoy Aquino the bilateral trade and investment, security cooperation between the two countries.

MANILA – The Prime Minister (PM) of Canada Stephen Harper will visit the Philippines on November 10, 2012, the Canadian Embassy announced.

The visit of Harper will take place immediately following the Prime Minister’s 6-day visit in India from November 3-9. He will be accompanied by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Senator Tobias Enverga, a statement from the Canadian Embassy said.

“Canada’s relations with the Philippines continue to grow and diversify, aided by an increasingly important Canada-Filipino community,” said Prime Minister Harper.

“On this trip, I look forward to exploring ways of further strengthening ties between (Canada and Philippines),” he added.

While in Manila on November 10, the Prime Minister is scheduled to meet President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, to discuss bilateral trade and investment, security cooperation and regional issues. He will also partake in local cultural and community events.

The Philippines is now the top source of immigrants to Canada, with nearly 500,000 people of Filipino origin now residing in the country.