Sunday, 19 April 2015 Brussels Belgium
Akyat Barko OV Registration of PH Seafarers
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:06    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail



Brussels, 10 April 2015. ---  The Philippine Embassy in Brussels registered thirty-eight (38) Filipino seafarers as it conducted its first 'Akyat Barko' outreach for the year on 7 April 2015.

The Embassy team, composed of Mr. Eric F. Rubas, Ms. Faith Bautista and Mr. Pol Sevilla, as they boarded M/V Blue Dragon and M/V Clipper Kamoshio which were then docked at the Port of Antwerp.  M/V Blue Dragon has a full Filipino crew complement headed by Master Maurino Q. Llanes of Ilocos Sur .  M/V Clipper Kamoshio is manned mostly by Filipinos and has Chief Mate Neil I. Asingua of Cebu as the highest ranking Filipino officer.

The team was assisted by Fr. Jorgedy Bago, Filipino chaplain for Seafarers based at Stella Maris in Antwerp, Belgium.

Master Llanes of the Blue Dragon expressed his appreciation for the registration effort and conveyed the seafarers' eagerness to register and vote during the next elections.   All seafarers were likewise thankful that they will be able to vote anywhere in the world, especially with a lengthened voting period.

'Akyat Barko is a regular activity of Brussels PE to bolster its campaign for the overseas voting registration.

The Port of Antwerp is the biggest port in Belgium and the second biggest in Europe, after Rotterdam. In 2012, it handled 14,220 sea trade ships and 57,044 inland barges.

In 2013, Filipino seafarers number 460,000, 21% of the 2.2 million OFWs all over the world.

The Embassy will continue its cooperation with the Stella Maris Chaplaincy in Antwerp so it can continue to monitor vessels with Filipino seafarers, for purposes of the OAV registration exercise.


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ASEAN Brussels Committee meets with Luxembour FM
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:24    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

ASEAN Brussels Committee meets with Luxembourg FM Jean Asselborn


The ASEAN Brussels Committee (ABC), currently chaired by the Philippines, met with Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 27 March 2015.

The ABC, led by Ambassador Victoria S Bataclan, were invited by Minister Asselborn to Luxembourg to discuss and exchange views on a wide range of issues from the landmark establishment of the ASEAN Community later this year to Luxembourg's upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union and its hosting of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting on 5-6 November 2015.

Minister Asselborn reiterated the EU's as well as his country's full support for the ASEAN Community. He also expressed hope for the continued strengthening of political as well as economic relations between the two regions. He assured the ASEAN Ambassadors and representatives of Luxembourg's support to the ASEAN region in terms of increased trade, continued development cooperation and readiness to provide humanitarian assistance. The Minister also discussed Luxembourg's priorities when it assumes the EU Council Presidency in July, which include, among others, economic growth and job creation in the EU, the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, and success of the COP21 Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

The ABC briefed the Minister on developments in ASEAN, including the progress achieved to realise the ASEAN Economic Community, increased connectivity, regional security issues, and climate change. They also conveyed the hope for resumption of ASEAN-EU FTA negotiations.

The ABC commended Luxembourg on its successful term in the United Nations Security Council. They also expressed confidence that ASEAN-EU cooperation will continue to flourish under Luxembourg's EU Council Presidency. The ABC said they look forward to the successful hosting by Luxembourg of the ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting.


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Courtesy Visit of the Ambassador to Kortrijk
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:15    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

13 February 2015. The Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU, H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Vincent Paul Marie Van Quickenborne, Mayor of the Municipality of Kortrijk, Belgium to express the Embassy's support to the forthcoming official visit of the City of Kortrijk to Cebu City from 20 February until 2 March 2015. Kortrijk and Cebu have an existing city to city cooperation since 2005.

Mayor Quickenborne related that this year's visit will focus on climate change through exchanges of knowledge and expertise and citizen's participation on the issue. The cooperation also brings the people of the both cities in a context of international cooperation and solidarity. The visit also aims to strengthen the contacts between both cities and prepare projects focusing primarily on climate change, education (Post graduate program-internship), youth exchange program, humanitarian assistance, and cultural exchange.

Deputy Vice Mayor Bert Herrewyn will lead Kortrijk delegation.

Ambassador Bataclan commended the continuous cooperation efforts of Kortrijk and conveyed the Philippines' deep appreciation for ongoing efforts in support of relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Municipality of San Francisco, Camotes Islands, north-east of Cebu City.


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