|Agreement on Gainful Employment|
Philippines and Belgium Sign an Agreement Authorizing Household Members of Diplomatic and Consular Personnel to Work
23 December 2010, Brussels, Belgium - Her Excellency Cristina G. Ortega, Ambassador of the Philippines to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the EU, signs on behalf of the Philippine Government an Agreement with the Kingdom of Belgium that authorizes the household members of diplomatic and consular personnel of both sides to work in their respective host countries.
Thus, the spouses, unmarried dependent children up to eighteen years old, and other household members of the diplomatic and consular personnel posted in the Philippines and Belgium can now both work in these countries on a reciprocal basis. They can also be employed in an organization with a seat in the receiving State.
"I am very happy to be able to conclude this agreement. This is good news to our colleagues in the Foreign Service , who are posted in Belgium. Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, their spouses, dependent children and household members can now work here. With this Agreement, I hope that somehow I am able to help them solve a part of their problem." Ambassador Ortega remarked.
"The signing ceremony served as a culmination to my term as Ambassador here in Brussels. I am very grateful to all the officials of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the cordial relations and all the support that they have extended to me', the Ambassador remarked.