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Embassy hosts FilCom Assembly, discusses migrant workers issues
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:39    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS CONVENES ASSEMBLY OF FILIPINO COMMUNITY LEADERS, DISCUSSES MIGRANT WORKERS ISSUES

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The Philippine Embassy in Brussels hosted the 1st Assembly of Filipino Community Leaders in Belgium and Luxembourg for the year 2014 on the evening of March 7th at the Chancery's Conference Room.

The first Assembly for the year 2014 focused in particular on migrant workers issues and, in particular on trafficking in persons.  Ambassador Reynaldo Catapang, the Executive Director of the DFA's Office of Migrant Workers Affairs, briefed the Assembly on the Philippine Government's efforts towards combating trafficking in persons and illegal recruitment.  He also discussed with the Leaders the various programs in place to protect the interests of Filipinos overseas and to assist those in distress.

The Embassy convenes the quarterly Assembly of Leaders to update the community about all aspects of the Embassy's work program that have a bearing on the welfare of Filipinos in Belgium and Luxembourg.  The Assembly also allows the Embassy and the community organizations to exchange views on developments in the Philippines, as well as to plan community-wide events including Independence Day and Christmas celebrations.  END

 

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PH joins Bel-Asia Fair and Salon Idees Vacances
Monday, 10 March 2014 16:27    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

 

PHILIPPINES JOINS BEL-ASIA  FAIR AND SALON IDEES VACANCES;PROMOTES DON PAPA RUM

 

Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan leads the Philippine Embassy in Brussels as it joins the 31st Bel-Asia "Asia's Festival and Fair" at the Centre Zandloper of Wemmel, Belgium on 15 to 16 February 2014 and the 59th Salon Idees Vacances (Salon Vacation Ideas) at the Charleroi Expo in Charleroi, Belgium on 20 to 23 February 2014.

The Philippine Embassy booth attracted visitors, not only due to its colorful display of Philippine posters and brochures but also because of its offer for a free taste of a Don Papa Rum-cum-Philippine mango juice cocktail.

At the Bel-Asia fair, the Philippine booth flaunted a 3x2 meter backdrop of the Palawan Underground River - proclaimed by the New7Wonders foundation as one of the new7Wonders of Nature; while it exhibited real Philippine mangoes at the Salon des Vacances.

Tourism brochures of such places as Boracay, Cordillera, Iloilo, Davao and Palawan and of the entire country were distributed.  Aseana Travel, the only travel agency in Belgium specializing in travel to the Philippines, provided tour packages and gave out brochures detailing these packages.

At the Bel-Asia fair, Filipiniana Europa vzw, a Filipino community group in Belgium led by Ms. Juliet Frisnedi presented a variety of Philippine dances while Mr. Dominiek Segaert, Founder and Chairman of Vriendschap voor den Filipijnen (Friendship for the Philippines) and a Knights of Rizal Commander twice presented a Lecture on the peculiarities of Philippine Culture vis-à-vis the Belgian culture while Karel Corthals, a friend of the Philippines, presented a video documentary on "Philippines, an a-typical Asian Country full of surprises".

At the Salon des Vacances, Ambassador Bataclan volunteered to contribute Filipino aperitif at the Vietnamese reception for local government officials, organizers and selected guests.  (Vietnam is feature country.)

The Bel-Asia festival also featured Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uzbekistan as well as twelve (12) tour operators, five (5) airline companies and twenty-four (24) non-government organizations.  Partnering with the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) this year, it also featured EIAS forums on EU-Indonesia Trade and Investment - Invigorating Economic Relations with Ambassador Arif Havas Oegroseno of Indonesia and Corporate Social Responsibility in India and the Investment in Research and Development by Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri of India.  The festival also included a Mongolian fashion show, taiko drummers, Bollywood dancers and workshops on Tibetan Yoga, Japanese Tea Ceremony, a Cambodian dancer, Thai cooking and sushi-making classes etc.  This year's visitors totally approximately 1,500.

The Salon Idees Vacances of Charleroi featured some 200 booths from tourist villages, campsites, bed & breakfast, travel agencies, and those from the countries of Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam.  END

 

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PH and EU Initial PCA in consideration of Croatia's accession to EU
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:06    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PH AND EU INITIAL THE PROTOCOL ON THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON PARTNERSHIP AND COOPERATION IN CONSIDERATION OF CROATIA'S ACCESSION TO THE EU

Brussels - Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan and Head of Southeast Asia Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Mr. Ranieri Sabatucci initialed yesterday, January 16th at the EEAS Office in informal ceremony attended by officials of the Philippine Mission and the EEAS the Protocol on the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) between the European Union and the Republic of the Philippines, to take into account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union on 01 July 2013.

 

The EU-PH PCA signed, on 11 July 2012, provides a comprehensive framework aimed to steer future PH-EU bilateral relations on a wide range of areas, including politico-security, economic, trade, socio-cultural, education, technology and development cooperation.  Croatia, EU's most recent member joins the 27 EU Member States as part of the EU-PH PCA.

 

Ambassador Guy Ledoux of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, who was visiting Brussels, joined the officials from the EEAS and the Philippine Mission in witnessing the event. He conferred afterwards with Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. Sabatucci on various issues of common concern to enhance EU-PH bilateral relations. - END

 

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  • Situational reports on the effects of Typhoon Yolanda can be found at the website of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph)
  • Republic Act No. 10590 An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9189, entitled "An Act Providing for a System of Overseas Absentee Voting by Qualified Citizens of the Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for other Purposes" (Click here)