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SSS OFW Caravan in Belgium
Friday, 04 November 2011 14:31    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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Brussels, 21 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 led the officials from the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) in meeting with the concerned Belgian officials to discuss the implementation of the Philippines-Belgium Social Security Agreement signed in 2001 and took effect in 2005. The Ambassador was joined by SSS President Emilio De Quiros, Jr. and Senior Vice President Judy Frances See who called on the Belgian officials to pursue the objectives of the Agreement and invited them to visit Manila to explore other areas of cooperation.

Following the meeting, Ambassador Bataclan requested the SSS officials to brief the Filipino community in Brussels on the implementation of the bilateral agreement and how they would benefit from it. Mr. De Quiros gave a presentation on the Agreement and explained its provisions especially those affecting the Filipino migrants in Belgium. A "question and answer" portion clarified the various concerns raised by the Filipino community.

On 22 October, a briefing was also conducted in Antwerp. The Philippine Honorary Consul in Antwerp, Mr. Antonio Guansing gathered the community leaders at the Stella Maris Center not only to hear the briefing of the SSS officials but also to meet the newly-arrived arrived Philippine Ambassador.SSS_2

In her remarks, Ambassador Bataclan expressed her appreciation for the Filipinos who arrived at the Center despite the cold weather.  She conveyed her desire to work closely with them and gave assurance that she will be available and the Embassy in general in case they need help, advice or to discuss projects for the Filipino community and the Philippines.  She reiterated again her earlier request made when she met for the first time all the FilCom leaders in Belgium last 14 October in the Embassy.

The FilCom leaders lauded Ambassador Bataclan for bringing the SSS officials in Belgium and appreciated the information on Filipino benefits from the bilateral agreement.  Ambassador Bataclan also met about 20 Filipino seafarers who greeted her with enthusiasm.  She assured them that the Embassy is ready to extend its full support to them should they need its assistance especially on matters concerning the protection of their well-being.

SSS_3The visit to Belgium of the SSS officials was part of the SSS OFW Caravan 2011 which covered practicaly all the key cities in the Middle East and Europe with big concentrtaion of Filipino workers.  The SSS coverage of Filipino migrants is part of the Philippine government's package of protection for the more than nine million Filipino nationals working and living overseas. - END

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 November 2011 14:34 )
 
Amb. Bataclan welcomes SLU Glee Club
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:28    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria Bataclan welcomes the Saint Louis University Glee Club, Dance Troupe and Tanghalang SLU during its first ever European tour

20 October 2011 -- Her Excellency Victoria Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, welcomed the Saint Louis University Glee Club, Dance Troupe and Tanghalang SLU (theater group) to Belgium by joining them last Sunday, 16 October 2011, for the Filipino mass at the St. Remy Church in Brussels and watching their performance - the first ever in Europe - for the Filipino community there.

The group, collectively known as the SLU Center for Culture and Arts (CCA), had prepared two formats for its series of performances in Belgium: one part of the performance is called "Pamana" (Heritage), which is a rich cultural show case of the best of the various regions of the Philippines, since the time of the colonial period up to the present.

The second part of the group's performance called "Inglay" is a neo-ethnic dance drama that depicts the practices, traditions and rituals of the highland people. As a larger performance space was necessary, "Inglay" had been intended for the group's performances in the bigger venues, namely at the University of Gent (October 22) and the Katholieke Universiteit (K.U.) Leuven (October 21).

The administration of K.U. Leuven was responsible for bringing the SLU CCA to Belgium, in recognition of the past six years that it enjoyed a partnership of academic and research cooperation with SLU.

Instrumental to this visit was Reverend Father Paul Van Parijs, former President of Saint Louis University, from the Belgian Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) that founded SLU in 1911. SLU celebrates its centennial this year.

In a lunch hosted by Ambassador Bataclan for the SLU Group at the Philippine Embassy today, she congratulated them for a "world-class performance" and expressed her wish that "SLU could soon be able to join the ranks of the other prestigious Filipino chorale groups that are able to participate in international chorale competitions such as the Concorso Polifónico Guido d'Arezzo (International Guido d'Arezzo Polyphonic Contest) and the European Choral Grand Prix".

Apart from its performances in Brussels and at the universities, the SLU group has lined up performances in various churches namely in Kortrijk (held on October 17), Luchteren (held on October 20), Gent (for October 22) and Tienen (for October 23).END.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:36 )
 
Amb. Bataclan signs Deed of Donation
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:45    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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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 )
 
Amb. Bataclan attends POLO Launching
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:52    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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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 meets FILCOM Leaders
Monday, 24 October 2011 10:05    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
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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

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