Press and Photo Release
Press and Photo Release
STRENGTHENING THE ONE-COUNTRY TEAM APPROACH AND IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH TEAM PHILIPPINES AUSTRALIA ANNUAL CONSULTATIONS
To strengthen the One-Country Team approach, foster camaraderie and teamwork and improve public service, the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, the offices of the Philippine attached agencies in Australia and the Philippine Honorary Consuls and Consuls General in Australia and Vanuatu held their Team Philippines-Australia Consultation Meeting on 12 September 2014 at the Philippine Embassy.
During the one-day workshop, First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito San Agustin and Defense and Armed Forces and Attaché Col. Ricardo Santiago updated the honorary consular officials on developments in the politico-security and defense cooperation relations between the Philippines and Australia.
The meeting particularly focused on the promotion of economic diplomacy. Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet presented a review and follow-up action needed from the official visits of Ambassador Belen F. Anota to Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne and Darwin conducted in 2013 -2014. For education and culture, she discussed the expanded New Colombo Plan which the Philippines would be a part of in 2015 and the proposed 2015 visit to Australia of the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir.
Philippine Trade and Investment Representative Emmanuel Ang and Tourism Representative Consuelo Jones briefed the meeting on the economic gains of the Philippines and what could be done to sustain them further in 2015.
For trade and investments, the priority industries identified were the food processing, auto parts, homeware and furniture, information technology and business process outsourcing, and ship building.
With tourism arrivals to the Philippines from Australia increasing through the years, the Department of Tourism will further intensity the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” Australia is expected to remain a viable destination for both Australians and Filipino balikbayans in 2015.
For consular relations and assistance to nationals, Labor Attaché Atty. Rodolfo Sabulao briefed the honorary consular officials on how they can assist OFWs in cases of unfair dismissal. He also discussed the various services that the Office of the Labor Attaché offers to OFWs. Second Secretary and Consul Grace Bulos gave pointers on consular matters such as how to assist in improving mobile services, the harmonization of consular forms, and updates on rules and regulations on various consular services.
PAGDIRIWANG SA “BUWAN NG WIKANG PAMBANSA”
Bilang paggunita sa “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa”, ang Pasuguan ng Pilipinas sa Canberra ay nagsagawa ng isang masayang paligsahan noong ika-29 ng Agosto 2014.
Ang mga kawani ng Pasuguan ay nahati sa dalawang grupo at nagpagalingan sa pagsagot ng mga katanungan na may kaugnayan sa ating Wikang Pambansa. Ang mga katanungan ay hinggil sa ibat’ ibang tema na binubuo ng mga personalidad, kaalaman tungkol sa ating bansa, at mga bokabularyong Filipino. Ang huling bahagi ng paligsahan ay ang pagalingan sa pagbuo ng mga salawikaing Filipino.
Ang kasiyahan ay natapos sa salu-salo ng mga kawani ng Pasuguan.
AN EXHIBITION OF THE “SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART AND CULTURE: IDEAS, FORMS AND SOCIETIES” TO MARK THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ASEAN-AUSTRALIA DIALOGUE PARTNERSHIP
Ambassador Belen F. Anota joined the other ASEAN Heads of Mission in Canberra, officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the ACT Government, AusHeritage Ltd Board members, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the academe and other friends of the ASEAN Missions during the opening ceremony of the cultural exhibition entitled “Southeast Asian Art and Culture: Ideas, Forms and Societies” held on Monday, 04 August 2014 at the Exhibition Room, Level 2, ACT Legislative Assembly Bldg., Canberra. The Exhibit was open for public viewing from 05-08 August 2014.
The opening ceremony started with the singing of both the ASEAN Hymn and the Australian National Anthem by the Choir Group, composed of members from the different ASEAN Missions in Canberra, and ably conducted by Ms. Gemma McKeown, a Filipina resident in Canberra who is presently teaching music to kids and teens. The choir members came in their respective national costumes.
ASEAN COMMITTEE IN CANBERRA CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ASEAN-AUSTRALIA DIALOGUE RELATIONS
The ASEAN Committee in Canberra held the 47th ASEAN Day and 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Partnership Diplomatic Reception at the Atrium of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) RG Casey Building on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. More than 200 representatives from the Australian government and members of the Diplomatic Corps joined H.E. Belen F. Anota, PH Ambassador to Australia, the nine other ASEAN Heads of Mission, and Australian DFAT officials in celebrating the 40th anniversary of ASEAN’s first dialogue partnership.
The brief program commenced with the ceremonial exchange of toasts led by H.E. Mr Min Thein, Ambassador of Myanmar and Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Canberra (ACC), and Australia’s Chief of Protocol, Mr. Chris Cannan. The toasts were followed by the singing of the ASEAN hymn and the Australian National Anthem by a choir composed of representatives from four ASEAN countries and schoolchildren of the Arawang Primary School. The choir was jointly conducted by Mrs. Gemma McKeown and Mrs. Lynn Kowalik.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY BALL BY THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF THE ACT, INC.
Ambassador Belen F. Anota graced the Philippine Independence Day Celebration Ball organized by the Filipino Community Council of the ACT, Inc. (FCCACT) to commemorate the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 14 June 2014 at the Southern Cross Club, Phillip.
The FCCACT is the peak umbrella organization comprising nine (9) Filipino groups in Canberra and presently headed by Ms. Cecille Flores.
Ambassador Anota congratulated FCCACT and all its Filipino community members for successfully organizing this year’s Independence Day Ball. She expressed appreciation to Ms. Perlita Swinbank, FCCACT’s Immediate and Past President, for encouraging harmonious relationship and camaraderie among Filipino groups in the ACT.