Friday, 27 March 2015 Brussels Belgium
Courtesy Visit of the Ambassador to Kortrijk
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:15    | Written by mcgjr    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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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:45 )
PH Assumes as Chair of ASEAN Brussels Committee
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:28    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

The Philippines has assumed as Chair of the ASEAN Brussels Committee, with Her Excellency Ambassador Victoria S Bataclan chairing the first ABC meeting of the year on 22 January in the Philippine Embassy.

The ABC brings together the Ambassadors or Heads of Missions of ASEAN embassies in Brussels to exchange views on issues concerning ASEAN, including specifically relations with the European Union and partners in Europe, and to discuss ways to promote ASEAN to European society and the institutions of the EU.

The year 2015 marks a new chapter in ASEAN-EU relations following an agreement between the foreign ministers of ASEAN and the EU in July 2014 to prepare a roadmap this year to upgrade the relationship to a strategic partnership. In view of this, the Philippines, under its 6-month chairmanship, aims to further promote cooperation and coordination with officials of the EU institutions and other Brussels-based international organisations, as well as officials of the Belgian and Luxembourg governments.

The Philippines also hopes to lay the groundwork for cultural and other public diplomacy initiatives to raise awareness of ASEAN among the general public in the EU, especially with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community later in the year. The EU is among ASEAN’s top trading partners with trade in goods amounting to €178.6 billion in 2013. As a region, the EU is the largest investor in ASEAN, investing an average of around €13.6 billion per year for the period 2005-2012. In 2013, EU companies invested nearly US$27 billion (about €23.7 billion), representing 22.3% of ASEAN’s foreign direct investments.

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Working Visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III to Belgium
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:57    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

Press Releases on the Working Visit to Belgium of President Benigno S. Aquino III:



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PH Exports benefit from duty-free access to EU beginning Dec 25
Monday, 05 January 2015 09:57    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Beginning December 25th, Philippine exports can enjoy duty-free access into the European Union market through the Union's "tariff preferences under the special incentive arrangements for sustainable development and good governance", more popularly known as the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (or GSP+).

GSP+ privileges extend duty-free access to Philippine exports in 66 per cent of all product tariff lines, including fisheries products and garments.

The grant of GSP+ privileges is expected to generate 200,000 new jobs in the rural areas of the Philippines in the early years of implementation.

The Philippines applied for GSP+ privileges on 28 February 2014, after the European Commission determined that the Philippines was eligible to apply based on the following criteria: vulnerability of the country's economy resulting from a lack of diversification in its exports, and its ratification of 27 core international human rights conventions.

The European Union completed its assessment and approval procedures for the Philippine application on December 18th, and the Union's decision to grant GSP+ privileges was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on December 24th.

Collectively, the 28 Member States of the European Union rank as the Philippines' fourth largest trading partner, with bilateral trade amounting to USD 12.8 billion in 2013.  The EU is also the Philippines' fourth largest export market, accounting for 11.56 per cent of total Philippine exports. END

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Turnover ceremony of the Bangsamoro Basic Law
Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:41    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

Speech of Pres. Aquino at the turnover ceremony of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

[This is the English translation of the speech delivered at Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2014]

At the beginning of our term, we told our countrymen that it was possible, once again, to hope. Today, we have proven that not only did we hope, we fulfilled our collective aspirations. We have taken yet another step towards a more peaceful and more progressive Mindanao. Through this proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, we are giving shape to the enactment of the principles behind our Framework Agreement.

In my most recent State of the Nation Address, I asked Congress for their understanding. We needed enough time to study every provision in our proposed bill. This was a long and thorough process, because we went through every detail involved in fulfilling our shared desires for the Bangsamoro region. I assure you: The Bangsamoro Basic Law was crafted to be fair, just, and acceptable to all, whether they are Moros, Lumads, or Christians.

I extend my gratitude to the leaders and the members of the MILF, under the leadership of Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and Mohagher Iqbal, for their solidarity, and to the hardworking and persistent members of our peace panel, led by Secretary Ging Deles and Chairman Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. I also thank the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the stakeholders, the members of the Cabinet, and our partners abroad, who have helped us write a new chapter of peace and unity in our country's history.

Trust brought us here. Throughout the negotiations, I saw that each side genuinely wished to reach an agreement. We have proven that, in a situation where one does not consider who has the upper hand, one can truly give rise to a situation where everyone wins.

Now that we have a proposed bill, I fully believe that it is in accordance with our Constitution and with the principles of our Framework Agreement, and that it reflects our shared efforts towards growth that leaves no one behind.

To the honorable members of Congress: We understand the need to thoroughly review the proposed bill. We ask Congress, however, to pass this bill in the soonest possible time. If we are able to legislate this, we can give our Moro brothers enough time to prepare, thus enabling them to nurture the seeds of meaningful governance which were planted for the Bangsamoro.

To my Bosses: now that we have turned over the bill to Congress, let us not think that the advancement of this important legislation depends on our Representatives alone. In truth, each one of us has an important role to play in ensuring the genuine transformation of society.

We call our countrymen in Muslim Mindanao "brothers", don't we? In a typical Filipino family, has there been an instance that we have heard a parent say, "It's alright to take advantage of your brother?" As the father of our nation, it is my task to be the first to take care of the welfare of our people, and to herald a society that is truly just and equitable. Now, this I ask of you: Let us help our Filipino brethren. Indeed ARMM has been left behind. This is why we seek to promote fairness, especially as regards our countrymen in the margins, so that they themselves, as empowered individuals, may have the wherewithal to contribute to our collective growth. As I have said in the past: We must boost them up, to allow them to catch up.

To our countrymen in Luzon and Visayas, may it be clear: Change will only come about if we trulybear it in our minds and our hearts. Let us now open our arms for our Muslim countrymen. Let us respect the beliefs and rights of the indigenous peoples of our land. Instead of choosing to spread negative news and unfounded assumptions about our southernmost region, let us harness our knowledge and time to fully understand the history, culture, and narratives of our fellow countrymen. By so doing, we will further discover that we are really the same: like us, they aspire to see their children graduate one day, they dream of a life without fear at worry, and they desire to succeed as individuals. Clearly: Now, more than ever, trust reigns among brothers. We need to strengthen that trust, by supporting the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Let us not let go of the opportunity to bequeath a new future to the Land of Promise, and thus I urge you to walk with us as we march towards this realization.

Once Congress passes the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the next step will be a plebiscite for the people of the Bangsamoro. The only appeal I make to our brothers and sisters who will vote in this plebiscite: Study well the provisions of the Law. Your understanding and your participation will be the best defense against those who seek to sow doubt in our agenda of a just and lasting peace. These will give you an even greater ability to take part in the transition to a strong Bangsamoro government in 2016.

To those who still have concerns about the success of this initiative, I can only say: Now when so many more Filipinos are standing and working arm-in-arm, from Moros, to Lumads, to Christians-is this the time for us to doubt ourselves? Is this the time to fear change? While we have no control over the future, I am confident, and I know that others present here today will join me in guaranteeing: it is through our full trust and our refusal to let go of hope that we will be able to realize our dreams.

This Saturday evening, I will be traveling to Europe. The Bangsamoro Basic Law and the rest of our achievements in the area of peace are among the achievements that I will proudly share with the leaders and our countrymen in Spain, Belgium, France, and Germany. I will tell them the story of how, through trusting and working with each other, we have reached this point in our history. I will tell them that, while our success is not complete yet, we are all confident that our collective efforts towards a more progressive and more peaceful Philippines will continue.

It is clear: We have been given a rare chance to prove, not only to ourselves, but to the entire world, that we can achieve what was once thought to be impossible. When we arrived at a fork in the road, we chose to do what was right and what was just, and today, lasting peace and inclusive growth are within our sights. Let us continue to work together, so that we may bequeath to the next generations a Philippines that is free from conflict, that bears the mark of lasting progress, and that enjoys the admiration of all corners of the world.

Thank you, and good day.

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