From left to right: Ms. Virginia Gavino, Ms. Amor Seastres, Dr. Susan Salazar, Consul General Aian Caringal, Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega, Ms. Dorothea Jane Camangan, Mr. Antonio Saquing, and Ms. Maria (Chari) Mercardo
12 July 2021 – Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, met with officers of the Filipino Australian Health Professionals, Inc. (FAHPi), led by Executive Director Dorothea Jane Camangan, on 10 July 2021 to discuss potential partnerships between the Embassy and FAHPi.
Ambassador De La Vega welcomed the organization’s various initiatives to reach out to the Filipino Community in Australia and help our countrymen in the Philippines especially during this time of the pandemic. She appreciated these activities coinciding with the 75th anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia this year.
She assured the group of the Embassy’s support in raising the profile of FAHPi and all Filipino health professionals in Australia commending their acknowledged strong work ethics and crucial roles in Australia’s recovery during the COVID19 pandemic. The Ambassador also shared the high regard many Filipino workers enjoy in Australia.
During the meeting, the Embassy and FAHPi agreed to work together to help raise awareness among the Filipinos in the Philippines and in Australia about the importance of vaccination. The Ambassador also requested FAHPi to support Philippine government programs on disaster resilience. She informed them that the Philippines is currently observing National Disaster Resilience Month with this year’s theme: “Tamang Pamamahala’t Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna at Pandemya’y Kalasag ng Bayan”.
FAHPi is composed of Filipino-Australian professionals, active or retired, who are in health and allied fields. For those who wish to join or learn more about FAHPi, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through its other social medial platforms such as FB - @fahpi.cbr17, Twitter - fahpi_cbr and Instagram - fahpi_cbr.