Tuesday, 02 September 2014 Brussels Belgium
Visit to PH of HRVP Catherine Ashton
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:33    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

Good afternoon.

I am pleased to welcome Her Excellency, Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, on her first visit to the Philippines. 

The visit of Lady Ashton is taking place at a time when the Philippines and the European Union are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. This visit allows us to reflect on the progress in our bilateral relationship and also to discuss how to further build on these achievements.

Our half century of partnership has been anchored on the shared values of democracy, respect for the rule of law, promotion and the protection of human dignity and human rights, among others. Our shared values have underpinned growth in bilateral trade which amounted to US$12.5B last year, an increase of about 18% from 2012. The EU is the Philippines' largest source of foreign direct investment with some US$10.2B or about 1/3 of our total investment stock. 

Lady Ashton recently co-chaired the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministers Meeting on 23 July 2014 in Brussels which I had the honor of attending. In her intervention as Head of the EU delegation and on behalf of 28 EU ministers present, Lady Ashton called on all parties to clarify and pursue their territorial and maritime claims in accordance with international law, opposing any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion, or force. She supported the rights of claimants to seek peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, including through legal dispute settlement mechanisms.

The final Co-Chairs' Statement of the Ministerial Meeting stated the following, and I quote: "The Ministers underscored the importance of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and promoting maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded commerce, the exercise of self-restraint, including the use or threat to use of force, and the resolution of disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS)."

Philippines-EU partnership is further reflected in addressing one of the country's pressing concerns - disaster risk reduction and management. This partnership was demonstrated in the co-chairing by the Philippines and EU of the ASEM Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management last June. The Conference adopted the Post-Haiyan Tacloban Declaration which serves as a template on best practices in DRRM which should be reflected in the crafting of the global architecture for disaster risk reduction next year, otherwise known as the Hyogo Framework of Action 2.

The Philippines-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) I signed with Lady Ashton in 2012 has garnered more than half of the required signatures for ratification or concurrence to come into force. In providing a general framework for bilateral relations, we expect the PCA to elevate our partnership to an even higher level.

We also discussed this morning EU's interest in the search for lasting peace in Mindanao, both as member of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) and as an active supporter of developmental initiatives. The EU's involvement has been on issues such as the economy, good governance, human society development, environment and crisis management. I took the opportunity to confirm the commitment of President Aquino for a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

We agreed to further boost our economic relations, noting that now is the best time for European businesses to invest in the Philippines in view of our relatively high growth rate, the upgrades by rating agencies, and the good governance policies of the President. In this connection, I brought to the attention of the High Representative and Vice President of the EU the importance of seafaring and fisheries to the country. On our application to the GSP+ scheme of the EU, I noted that this has been approved by the European Commission and that the application has now been transmitted to the European Council and, thereafter, the European Parliament for their respective deliberation and approval.

Finally, I take this public opportunity to express our appreciation to the EU for giving us a 6-month extension to fully operationalize various measures and reforms to fully meet the country's obligation under the STCW Convention, thereby ensuring that continued employment of approximately 82,000 Filipinos aboard EU-flagged vessels. END



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20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting
Friday, 25 July 2014 12:07    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

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Secretary Del Rosario Meets with EU Foreign Ministry Officials in Brussels

EU Foreign Minister Supports Secretary Del Rosario Call for Peaceful Settlement Disputes in the South China Sea

20th AEMM Co-Chairs' Statement



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Commemoration of the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:58    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Hands over a Jose Rizal Painting for display at the Embassy area


The Order of the Knights of Rizal - Area Council Belgium, under the leadership of its Area Commander, Albert P. Arevalo, commemorated the 153rd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal on 19 June 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

A floral offering at the Rizal Marker at Rue de la Champagne 42 signaled the beginning of the commemorative activity.

At the Philippine Embassy at Avenue Moliere, the Knights of Rizal program began at the Embassy garden with a floral offering by the different chapters and counterpart organizations.

The formal ceremony at the Bulwagan ng mga Pangulo commenced with the singing of the National Anthem and the Knights of Rizal Hymn.

Remarks were delivered by Sir Albert Arevalo, Sir Lino Paras as Special Adviser to the Supreme Commander, Sir Rudy Nollas and also from  the Commanders of the Aalst, Rizal, Charleroi and Diamond Chapters (Sir Generoso Rebong, Sir Jose Peres, Sir Guy Libau, Sir Paul Verloo, respectively) as well as from the heads of counterpart organizations of Kababaihang Rizalista (Lady Celanie Francisco) and Las Damas de Rizal (Lady Mary Ann Ballesteros).   The speeches centered on extolling the fine virtues which made Dr. Jose Rizal our national hero.

Consul General Robespierre Bolivar delivered  the message from the Embassy on behalf of Ambassador Victoria Bataclan.  He expressed appreciation for the good works and cooperative efforts of the Knights of Rizal in Belgium.

During the event, Sir Arevalo handed over to the Embassy a painting about the national hero which will be displayed at the Philippine Embassy.  The painting is the work of Mr. Sherwin Paul Gonzales, one of the finalists in the "Life of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe" painting competition. END


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Belgian Scouts helping to rebuild Tacloban
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:03    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail



Brussels, 3 July 2014 ---   Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union (EU) received twenty-two (22) Belgian scouts, aged 16 to 23 years  old, for an afternoon of "kainan, kodakan, kuwentuhan at kasayahan" as a preview of their travel to the Philippines last 30 June 2014.

The Belgian scouts will be going to the Philippines in July to assist in the finishing works of the reconstruction of St. Therese Education Foundation of Tacloban, Inc. (STEFTI) school in Tacloban.  The group will be in Tacloban from 8 to 20 July and in Palawan from 20 to 27 July 2014.

The young Belgians are members of a Catholic youth organization called the Unité Notre Dame du Rosaire 16e, a unit of the GCB (Guides Catholiques de Belgique/Catholic Guides of Belgium).  GCB is the equivalent of the Scouts in the Philippines.

Ambassador Bataclan expressed her appreciation for the group's effort and reiterated her gratitude to the Belgian people for their sympathy and speedy assistance towards the victims of typhoon Haiyan.   She noted that the group's mission is another proof of the close solidarity and friendship between the peoples of the Philippines and of Belgium.

Members of the group are as follows: Laetitia Domb (23), Jerry Fruy (23), Thomas Porlier (23), Stephane Pierrard (23), Marie Antoine (22) and Camille Claus (23),  Loic Francotte (17), Victoria Lefevre (18), Paul Asselberghs (18), Alexande Jewell (17), Adrien Ruscher (18), Remi Colombe (18), Delfine Hatufenne (18), Pierre Bellemans (18), Aaron Bangala (18), Alexandre Satelens (18), Julien Swaelens (18), Luxas Box (18), Wiliam Kies (18), Louis Nicodem (18), Ladislas Lefebure (18), Bastien Van Pottelsberg (18).

The group's coordinating partner in the Philippines is Mrs. Joy Palami who is a teacher at the said school.

STEFTI, which was hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan is a school established in 2001 and supported by Baron Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou and his wife, Brigitte.   Baron van Ypersele was the Chef du Cabinet of the former Belgian monarch, King Albert II. END


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PH Independence Day Celebrations in Belgium
Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:57    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

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Celebration at the Basilique de Sacre Coeur in Koekelerg, Brussels organized by the Kapisanan para sa Kalayaan

Celebration at Brugge Beurshalle sponsored by the World Mission for Peace and Development

Celebration at the Zuidpark in Ghent

Celebration in Brugge organized by the Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders


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