Filipino Frontliners in Luxembourg Honored for their Service

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Filipino Frontliners in Luxembourg receiving their Certificates of Appreciation from Vice Consul Charleson C. Hermosura and Ms. Liza Jane V. Estalilla, Cultural Officer and GAD Focal Person of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels. (Brussels PE photo)

BRUSSELS 25 August 2021 — For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world early last year, the Philippine Embassy in Brussels went to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 21 August 2021 in response to numerous requests from the local Filipino community.

The team from the Embassy awarded Certificates of Appreciation to Filipinos who acted as frontliners in Luxembourg during the height of the pandemic, and to those who participated in the Embassy’s 2021 National Heritage Month Video Series. This was in line with the Embassy’s Gender and Development and Cultural Diplomacy Programs.

The Consular Team conducted a consular outreach mission rendering consular services to nearly 200 Filipinos.

The Consular Team also held a meeting with some members of the Filipino community in Luxembourg to formalize the establishment of the Women Helping Women Network – Luxembourg (WHW Network - Luxembourg). With this group of committed Luxembourgish and Filipino volunteers, the Embassy aims to  bring together stakeholders and advocates of women’s rights and gender equality to address the various concerns of Filipinos in Luxembourg, which includes migrant workers, au pairs, those married to foreign nationals (including their children), irregular or undocumented migrants, or those in distress or crisis situations.  The Embassy hopes to work in tandem with local Filipino volunteers to help ensure timely and gender-sensitive intervention by relevant institutions and stakeholders in Luxembourg for Filipinos in crisis situations. This initiative is a response to the increasing number of au pairs in Luxembourg, with some cases having been reported to the Embassy in the past. 

Luxembourg is a landlocked country in northwestern Europe surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. Despite its small landmass and small population, Luxembourg is the second-wealthiest country in the world when measured on a gross domestic product (PPP) per capita basis.

Most of the more than 600 Filipinos living in Luxembourg are professionals working as auditors, accountants, information technology experts, and lawyers in reputable financial institutions.  They are held in high regard for their skills and excellent work ethics. END

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Vice Consul Charleson C. Hermosura and Cultural/GAD Focal Point Officer Liza Jane V. Estalilla briefing prospective volunteers from Luxembourg on the establishment of the Women Helping Women Network- Luxembourg (WHW Network- Luxembourg) during their meeting held on 20 August 2021 at the Philippine Consulate General in Luxembourg. (Brussels PE photo)

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