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Presentation of Credentials
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:45    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

HE_Amb_Manalo_with_Grand_DukeAmbassador Enrique A. Manalo presents his credentials

to His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

29 April 2010, Brussels, Belgium -- His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo presented his credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg in a ceremony held on Thursday, 29 April 2010, at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg.

 After the customary presentation of his letter of credence and order of recall of his predecessor, Ambassador Manalo and Grand Duke Henri expressed their common commitment to further strengthen the relations of the two countries.

 In a private conversation at the King's Room, the Ambassador also expressed the personal greetings of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  The Grand Duke likewise extended his best wishes to the President.

 While in Luxembourg, the Ambassador also called on Ambassador Paul Duhr, Secretary General of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and discussed Philippine-Luxembourg bilateral relations, particularly the proposed micro-finance pilot projects and agreement on the avoidance of double taxation between the two sides.

 Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo is also the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union.  He is also the first Philippine Ambassador to present credentials to the President of the Council of the European Union, under the leadership of Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, a position created under the Lisbon Treaty.

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 May 2010 12:33 )
 
Presentation of Credentials to the EU
Thursday, 22 April 2010 09:25    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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Ambassador Manalo presents his credentials to EU President Van Rompuy

 Brussels, 20 April 2010 -   Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo presented today his credentials to EU President Herman Van Rompuy at the Justus Lipsius Building, seat of EU Council Headquarters.

Ambassador Manalo conveyed to the EU President the personal greetings of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Mr. Van Rompuy likewise extended his regards and personal wishes to President Arroyo.

After the handing-over of the letters of credence and the letter of recall of Ambassador Manalo's predecessor, the two officials discussed the current state of play of the Philippines-EU relations.

Ambassador Manalo highlighted EU's role as a major development partner of the Philippines, the on-going negotiations to forge a partnership and cooperation agreement, raised the issue of the current EU ban on Philippine-registered air carriers and the measures being undertaken by the country to address EU safety concerns so as to have the ban lifted, the ongoing talks on the Mindanao peace process, and the development and humanitarian assistance extended to the Philippines after two big typhoons hit the country last year. 

Ambassador Manalo also updated the EU official of the current situation regarding the upcoming national elections and informed him that no major election-related violence has been reported.

Mr. Van Rompuy said he looked forward to enhancing cooperation with the Philippines and assured Ambassador Manalo of EU's support in contributing effectively to the country's overall development.

On the election front, Mr. Van Rompuy expressed his hope for a peaceful election in the country.

Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo is the first Philippine Ambassador to present credentials to the President of the Council of the European Union, a position created under the Lisbon Treaty.

 

 

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King Albert II welcomes Amb. Manalo
Monday, 29 March 2010 11:14    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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 His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium welcomes Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo

King Albert II of Belgium welcomed His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo during the latter's presentation of credentials as Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Belgium on March 17 at the Royal Laeken Castle in Brussels.

During his private conversation with the King after the formal presentation, Ambassador Manalo conveyed the best wishes of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and was thanked by the King for the kind words.  They discussed various matters, such as the Embassy's plans to enhance Philippines-Belgium ties, especially in trade, investment, cultural promotion and people-to-people contacts, as well as the plans of the Philippines for the forthcoming ASEM Summit in Brussels in October 2010, and the support we would be extending to Belgium in its role as President of the European Union in the second half of this year.

The King offered the Ambassador all the best and expressed his support to strengthening the bilateral relations of the two countries, along the lines that they discussed.  During the conversation, the King also recalled his visit to Manila in the 1980s, when he was Crown Prince, and his contribution towards the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.  Ambassador Manalo mentioned that LRT is an integral part of Manila's transport system.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 March 2010 11:39 )
 
Presentation of Credentials to the EC
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:52    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

 

Amb._Manalo_with_Pres._BarrosoAmbassador Enrique A. Manalo presents his credentials

to the European Commission President

Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo presented his letters of credence as Head of Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the European Commission (EC) to  EC President Mr. José Manuel Barroso on 29 March 2010 at the Berlaymont Building in Brussels, the EC's flagship building.

Ambassador Manalo conveyed to the EC President the personal greetings of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  Mr. Barroso likewise extended his regards to President Arroyo whom he said he met on several occasions. 

 After the customary presentation of the letter of credence and the letter of recall of Ambassador Manalo's predecessor, the two officials engaged in a short meeting and exchanged ideas on the current state of play of the Philippines-European Union relations.

 Points which the Ambassador highlighted during their conversation included the European Union's (EU) important role as a major development partner of the Philippines, the on-going EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme (EPJUST)    to enhance Philippine capacity in promoting and protecting human rights via capacity-building, and the relentless efforts carried out by the Philippine Government to reach a peace agreement in Mindanao.  The Ambassador also expressed his hope that negotiations on the proposed RP-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement could be finished soon.

 President Barroso said that he looked forward to enhancing the level of cooperation with the Philippines by effectively responding to its needs and seeing how common EU actions could contribute positively to the country's overall development.

 In the context of the upcoming national elections in May 2010, Mr. Barroso said that democracy is truly working in the Philippines and conveyed his hope for a peaceful election in the country.

Also present during the meeting were (from the Philippine Mission): Minister and Consul General Marichu Mauro and First Secretary and Consul Robespierre Bolivar; (from the EC) Mr. Fernando Andresen Guimaraes, cabinet member of Mr. Barroso; EC Chief of Protocol Jacques De Baenst; and Desk Officer for the Philippines Florimond Van De Velde.

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:15 )
 
New Philippine Ambassador Assumes Post
Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:51    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

 

Copy_of_ambapicHis Excellency Enrique A. Manalo arrived in Brussels on February 19 and assumed his post as the new Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union.

Ambassador Manalo's experience in the foreign service has gone a long way. He has represented the Philippines and contributed significantly in forming Philippine foreign policies in the multilateral fora, such as, the United Nations (UN), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Human Rights Comission (HRC) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (21 October 2003 to 30 June 2007). He was also the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York (18 December 2000 to 2003). During these periods, he was elected as President to a number of Intellectual Property (IP)-related meetings, such as: the 41st and 42nd Sessions of the WIPO in Geneva (2005-2007); the WIPO Construction Selection Board in Geneva (2005-2007); and the 4th Session of the WIPO Permanent Committee on Cooperation for Development Related to Intellectual Property (PCICD) in Geneva (April 2005). He also Chaired a number of UN meetings on human rights, disarmament, and others.

Ambassador Manalo has headed various delegations of the Philippines to several meetings namely: the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Ministerial Conference in Hanoi (May 2009); the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Coordinating Bureau Ministerial Meeting in Havana (April 2009); and the 1st Session on Human Rights Council in Geneva. Ambassador Manalo also served as Chairperson of the 3rd Regular Meeting of the Ballistic States to the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation in Vienna (November 2004), and the Economic and Social Committee Summit Meeting of Non-Aligned Countries in Kuala Lumpur (2003) and in Durban (2002).

The Ambassador's other foreign assignments include as Minister Counselor at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York (June 1992-1998), First Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC (1986-1989), and Third Secretary and Vice Consul then Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1981-1986).

In the Home Office, he was the Undersecretary for Policy (August 2007 to 18 February 2010) prior to his current posting in Brussels. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of European Affairs (06 July 1998 to 2000), Special Assistant to the First Undersecretary (1989 to 1992), and Special Assistant of the Office of the Deputy Minister (1979 to 1981).

 

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