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  • 1 of 10 This year, the Philippines chairs ASEAN

    The Philippines chairs ASEAN on its 50th year with the theme "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World."

  • 2 of 10 ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons Enters into Force with Philippines' deposit of Instrument of Ratification

    The Philippines is the sixth ASEAN Member State to ratify the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) after Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Myanmar.

  • 3 of 10 AICHR PH Pushes for 2 Major Projects in 2017

    The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Philippines pushes for two major projects during the Philippines' ASEAN Chairmanship this year during the 23rd Meeting of AICHR in Boracay on February 13-15.

  • 4 of 10 Secretary Yasay Chairs the ASEAN Ministers Meeting Retreat

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. will host and chair the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Boracay on February 21.

  • 5 of 10 ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, Aklan, Philippines

    Partnering for Change, Engaging the World: ASEAN Foreign Ministers link arms as a show of solidarity during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, Aklan, Philippines on February 21.

  • 6 of 10 PH Foreign Affairs Secretary Yasay and Vietnam Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh Discuss Matters of Common Concern
    Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. twinning with Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during their bilateral meeting in Boracay on February 20

  • 7 of 10 Philippines, Turkey ink MOU on tourism cooperation

    Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo and Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation aimed at encouraging more people from the PHilippines and Turkey to visit each others' countries.  Photo courtesy: Yasin Aras, Anadolu Agency

  • 8 of 10 Let's Celebrate Our Deep Sense of Kinship!

    Celebrating One ASEAN: Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. invites the guests of the AMM Retreat Welcome Dinner to celebrate their common ASEAN heritage.

  • 9 of 10 Filipino Teacher Honored in China

    Filipina teacher Lilian Albarico receives the Tengwengge Friendship Award, the highest honorary award given to foreign expatriate in Nanchang City, for her excellence in teaching.

  • 10 of 10 PH elected Chair of ASEAN-Korea Centre Council for 2017

    Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez was recently elected chair of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Council for 2017.

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Remarks of HON. PERFECTO R. YASAY, JR. Welcome Dinner of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines       Excellencies, Colleagues in Government, Dear...
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22 February 2017 TEL AVIV, STATE OF ISRAEL – More business and tourism opportunities are in sight with the launch of Cathay Pacific’s first flight from Tel Aviv to Manila via Hong Kong beginning...

The Yuletide season is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who, even in circumstances of great adversity, led a selfless and sacrificial life – inspiring humankind to tread the path towards true happiness and satisfaction through acts of giving rather than receiving, and of serving rather than being served.

As we take stock of the accomplishments of the Department of Foreign Affairs with the passage of another year, we are reminded of the obstacles we had to overcome and the opportunities we proactively seized in fulfilling our mandate to provide genuine service to the Filipino nation.

The year 2012 tested our capability as the country’s first line of defense in preserving national security and protecting our sovereignty. Since its independence as a sovereign nation, the Philippines has always stood proud before the community of nations as a vanguard for peace. This continues to be so, and amidst challenges to the region’s peace and stability, the Department advocated for the peaceful resolution of disputes and adherence to established rules under international law.

The Philippines’ robust economic performance throughout the year raised our international credibility and profile as a vibrant and dynamic economic partner. Through the economic diplomacy initiatives of the Department and our Philippine Embassies and Consulates abroad, we made significant contributions in supporting and sustaining the buoyant outlook for the Philippines as an emerging economy.

True to our mandate of protecting our people overseas, we worked tirelessly to ensure that their rights and welfare were preserved at all times. A good number of our personnel have placed themselves in harm’s way in order to bring our OFWs home. Consular workers sacrificed long and tedious hours to deliver efficient, prompt and responsive frontline services here at home and abroad.

I thank the men and women of the Department for once again proving equal to the task of serving the Filipino people. It is heartwarming to note that you have carried on the Department’s mission with zeal, competence, and compassion.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year of renewed hope and confidence.