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In a display of solidarity and support for the overseas voting campaign, Team Philippines in Canada led by Ambassador Garcia also made a visit to the cruise ship M/S Grand Princess at the Port of Vancouver to meet the Filipino crew and
register them for the national elections.
A sidelight of the two-day workshops was the official inauguration of the new premises of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.
The inauguration, held on Oct. 17, was attended by Filipino community members and Filipino diplomats, with Ambassador Garcia as guest of honor. Minister Wat and Members of Parliament Andrew Saxton of North Vancouver and Wai Young of Vancouver South were also present as guests.
H.E. Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia (2nd from right) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the inauguration of the new premises of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver last 17 October 2014. She is assisted by (from left) Teresa Wat, B.C. Minister for International Trade; Wei Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South; Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver; and Neil Frank R. Ferrer, Consul General of the Philippines.
In his remarks at the event, Consul General Neil Ferrer said that the move to the new premises is part of the Consulate's commitment to better serve its growing clientele and effectively deliver its expanding range of services as well as enhance Philippine official representation in Western Canada.
A community gathering was held later in the evening over dinner at Max’s Restaurant on Kingsway street, where Ambassador Garcia was formally welcomed by leaders and members of the Filipino community of B.C.
H.E. Ambassador Petronila Garcia, Consul General Mahilum-West and Consul General Neil Ferrer join the voter registration on cruise ship M/S Grand Princess at the Port of Vancouver.
On the sidelines of the consular and economic diplomacy workshops, Ambassador Garcia and some members of the delegation met with B.C. Minister for International Trade and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat to discuss and assess Philippines-B.C. economic relations.
Ambassador Garcia told Minister Wat she is hopeful that trade between the Philippines and the Canadian province would increase, considering the “maturity of relations” between them.
BUILDING PH-B.C. RELATIONS. The Honorable Teresa Wat, left British Columbia Minister for International Relations and Multiculturalism, presents a token to newly installed Philippine Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia, who called on the Minister on October 17 to discuss matters of mutual concern between the Philippines and the Canadian province. Ambassador Garcia said she foresees Philippines-B.C. economic cooperation growing considerably in the coming years due to the “maturity of relations” between the country and the Canadian province. Among Canada’s provinces, B.C. is the top exporter of products to the Philippines.
The group likewise met with businessmen doing business or looking to do business in the Philippines. Among these was the Aquilini Investment Group, which has invested $25 million in a waste-to-energy plant at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) complex in Mactan, Cebu.
John Negrin, President of the Aquilini Renewable Energy, told the delegation that Aquilini is looking to expand its investments to other areas like agriculture, aquaculture, housing, and infrastructure development.
“We’re in this for the long haul,” Negrin said, assuring the group that the Aquilini Group, owner of the Vancouver Canucks, has great confidence in the Philippine economy.
The trade, agriculture and labor delegates also met with representatives of Asian food retailer T&T and frozen yogurt chain owner Warrick Chu to explore ways of promoting or increasing Philippine exports to Canada.
Agriculture attaché Joysiline Javelosa, meantime, met in Victoria with Stacey Toews co-founder of Level Ground Marketing, a company promoting fair trade in agricultural commodities and directly dealing with small farmers
in developing countries, including the Philippines.
Level Ground is already importing and retailing natural coconut oil and specialty heirloom rice varieties from the Philippines, but is looking to import more products that would pass their stringent nutrition, safety and health
Members of the delegation likewise met with Alan Yong, president and CEO of the Filipino weekly Philippine Canadian Inquirer and long distance service provider TimesTel. Yong is seeking Philippine government support for Invest Philippines, and an investment and tourism expo road show he proposes to be held in Vancouver and Toronto.
Team Philippines in Canada discusses on enhancing trade and investment relations between the Philippines and Canada.
Participants in the 4th Economic Diplomacy Workshop, 18 October 2014.
Other participants were career diplomatic and consular officers from the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa and the Philippine Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver, the Philippine honorary consular officials in Edmonton, Halifax and Winnipeg, the labor attaches in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as the trade attaché in New York, and the agriculture and defense attaches in Washington D.C., USA.
Participants were career diplomatic and consular officers from the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa and the Philippine Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver, the Philippine honorary consular officials in Edmonton, Halifax and Winnipeg, the labor attaches in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as the trade attaché in New York, and the agriculture and defense attaches in Washington D.C., USA.
24 October 2014
TEAM PHILIPPINES IN CANADA MEETS IN YVR TO MAP OUT ECONOMIC, CONSULAR STRATEGIES
Filipino diplomats in Canada, led by Ambassador Petronila Garcia, met in Vancouver on 17 to 18 October for a two-day workshop to map out strategies to intensify trade, investment and tourism between the Philippines and Canada.
The group likewise discussed consular matters with a view to harmonizing and streamlining requirements and procedures for passport, notarial, civil registry and dual citizenship applications.
The Philippine Consulate General is located inside the World Trade Center Office Complex at 999 Canada Place, at Suite 660 (6th floor), Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3E1
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