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Amb. Bataclan attends POLO Launching
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:52    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan Attends POLO-Brussels' Launching Session on "Savings, Investment and Entrepreneurship Promotion"with Community leaders

Brussels, 14 October 2011 - Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan attended the Launching Session on "Savings, Investment and Entrepreneurship Promotion" for community leaders conducted by Mr. Rustico De La Fuente, Head of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Brussels.  She said that this project was launched in line with the goal of the Philippine government to further economically empower Filipino migrants and their families.

In his presentation with the FilCom leaders, Mr. Dela Fuente stressed the following reasons for promoting savings, investment and entrepreneurship among Filipino Migrants:

  • Filipino migrants and their families have emerged as a new sector in Philippine society deemed as the new middle class which has enormous economic potentials.
  • There is a need to support the most commonly observed aspirations of Filipino migrants, namely: children's education, house and lot acquisition; owning a business.
  • According to UP-ISSI, Filipino migrants generally possess traits of successful entrepreneurs/businessmen.
  • Migrants and their families have the opportunity to build capital through savings.

Some businesses suggested during the lecture which Filipino migrants may pursue are: (a) Magnegosyo Tayo Program; and (b) Bakasyon at Negosyo Project where one can visit demo farms and production sites while on vacation in the Philippines.

The FilCom leaders appreciated the lecture and expressed looking forward to see more of this kind of activity in the future. Ambassador Bataclan lauded POLO-Brussels for coming up with this worthy project for the FilCom. - END


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:01 )
Amb. Bataclan signs Deed of Donation
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:45    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

PH Ambassador to Belgium Signs "Deed of Donation"For the "Classroom, Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad" Project

Brussels, 14 October 2011 - At the sidelines of the Assembly of Leaders organized by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Brussels, the Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan signed as a witness the "Deed of Donation" made by the Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF) under the leadership of Ms. Minabelle Siason for the Classroom, Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad (CGMA) project.

According to Ms. Siason, COFAF raised the US$10,000 at a fundraising event during the Philippine independence celebration last June 2011 in Brugge, Belgium. The funds will be turned over to Tominjao Elementary School in Tuburan, Cebu for the construction of two classrooms. Ms. Siason said that this is her group's welcome present for Ambassador Bataclan, an attestation of her group's mission to help build schools for poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines.  - END

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:51 )
Meeting with EC Director
Monday, 24 October 2011 08:19    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Fruits_and_VeggiesPhilippine Ambassador Bataclan meets with Director of the European Center

for Fruits and Vegetables

13 October 2011 - As part of the Philippine government's continuous efforts to promote the export of Philippine goods to Europe, H.E. Victoria Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium & Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, paid a visit to the European Center for Fruits and Vegetables in Brussels to meet with the Center's director,       Mr. Thierry Nuttin, and to visit the site that has been said to be the only one of its kind in Europe. In the meeting, she shared with Mr. Nuttin her vision of tapping all possible avenues to increase the trade of Philippine goods in Europe.

The Ambassador also conveyed her desire to increase Philippine exports of agricultural products noting the inroads made by the Philippines in technology, innovation and research.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Jose Laquian, Philippine Agricultural Attaché to the European Union, and Mr. Celso Enriquez, Team Leader for the fruits and vegetable sector of the USAID Growth with Equity in Mindanao (USAID-GEM) Program. The USAID-GEM program - whose general aim, among others, is to accelerate economic growth in Mindanao and to assure that as many people as possible can equally benefit from this growth - had sent its own representatives from the Philippines to visit the center, to explore market opportunities for Philippine exotic and tropical fruits, as well as other produce.

The European Center for Fruits and Vegetables, established in 1981, is a 13-hectare world-class integrated supply chain facility where first-grade quality fruits and vegetables from around the world are stored, showcased and traded. Having a total of 28 importers and exporters, the Center boasts of an annual sales turnover of 500 million euros and 950,000 metric tons.END.






Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2011 10:02 )
Amb. Bataclan meets FILCOM Leaders
Monday, 24 October 2011 10:05    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan Receives Warm Reception from the Filipino Community

Brussels, 14 October 2011- Upon her arrival in Brussels to assume her post as the newly-appointed Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan immediately met with the Filipino Community under her jurisdiction during an Assembly of Community Leaders organized by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Brussels.

The FilCom leaders were called on a meeting that day for them to meet personally the newly-arrived Ambassador, prepare them for the scheduled briefing of officials from the Philippine Social Security System on the implementation of the Philippines-Belgium Social Security Agreement and launch the POLO-Brussels' project known as "Savings, Investment and Entrepreneurship Promotion" for Filipinos in Belgium.

Before POLO-Brussels started the program, Ambassador Bataclan took the opportunity to meet and confer briefly with each of the FilCom leaders.  She introduced herself to them and in turn requested them to identify their organizations, missions and thrusts. Ambassador Bataclan assured them that she would be a partner to their endeavours.  She also gamely posed with the FilCom leaders for photographs after the latter's courtesy call on her.

Meanwhile, in her remarks at POLO-Brussels' launching session for "Savings, Investment and Entrepreneurship Promotion," Ambassador Bataclan conveyed her appreciation for meeting and knowing the FilCom leaders. She sad that meeting them in her first week of service in Brussels was her way of assuring them of her desire to work with all community organizations in Belgium.

Ambassador Bataclan enjoined the FilCom leaders to continue the close collaboration they have been engaging with the Embassy. She informed them of her open-door policy which she explained that the "FilCom leaders are welcome to  visit the Embassy anytime, not only to seek help, or advice, but to exchange ideas on their future projects for the Filipino community and the Philippines." She also requested them "to treat her as a sister, mother and friend but most of all as a leader and a servant."

Ambassador Bataclan said that the Embassy will continue to regularly convene the Assembly of Community Leaders for coordination, implementation of projects, and of course fun.  She was quoted saying that "Productive work and collective efforts are best achieved when we do things with a mix of objective focus, openness, light moments, positivism and happiness in our hearts."

After the assembly of community leaders that night, Ambassador Bataclan was interviewed by ABS-CBN Europe Correspondent Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo on her programs for the Filipino community.The Ambassador reiterated her earlier pronouncements made to the FilCom leaders that she will be a partner to them in pursuing their projects, in particular, advancing their welfare and interests. She mentioned projects like the SSS Caravan will be in Belgium to brief the Filipinos on the implementation of the Philippines-Belgium Social Security Agreement as well as the seminar on "Savings, Investment and Entrepreneurship Promotion" conducted by POLO-Brussels in line with the Philippine government program to further economically empower Filipino migrants and workers.  She said that there would be more projects like these in the future. - END

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:44 )
Call on Belgian Foreign Ministry Officials
Monday, 24 October 2011 07:51    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan Calls on Major Officials of the Belgian Foreign Ministry

Brussels, 11 October 2011- The newly-appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan paid courtesy call on the Belgian Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Pierre Labouverie, to hand deliver the copy of her Letter of Credence to His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium.

During the courtesy call, the two officials exchanged views on the current situation in the Philippines and Belgium. They also shared ideas on how to strengthen Philippines-Belgium relations given that there exist many opportunities for growth between the two countries.

Ambassador Bataclan informed Ambassador Labouverie of Philippine exports to Belgium such as carrageenan, processed food and furniture, and current measures to diversify Philippine exports.  In addition, she mentioned about the Philippine efforts to increase Business Process Outsourcing with Belgian companies given that the Philippines is a major BPO. Ambassador Labouverie expressed delight over this information and said that he would be interested to know more about the Philippines and expressed the hope of visiting the country one day.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Bataclan also paid courtesy call on Ambassador Bertrand De Crombrughhe, Head of the Asian Desk, and concurrently Head of the Office on Asia-Europe Meetings (ASEM) Matters, of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 19 October 2011.

The two officials discussed the following ongoing projects between the Philippines and Belgium and updated each other on the status of these projects, including the efforts being made to move these forward:

  • The recently-initialed "Philippines-Belgium Joint Action on Fields of Mutual Interest"
  • The proposed "Philippines-Flanders Memorandum of Understanding on Energy and/or Environmental Cooperation"
  • The "Philippines-Belgium Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty"
  • The proposed "Philippines-Belgium Transfer of Sentenced Persons Agreement" - END


Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2011 10:05 )

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