PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR REITERATES FILIPINO PEOPLE’S GRATITUDE TO PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY OF NEW ZEALAND
- Category: Latest
- Friday, 24 January 2014
Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez made a courtesy call on the Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand on 21 January 2014 at the Prime Minister’s Office to personally convey the best wishes of President Benigno S. Aquino III and reiterate the Philippine Government’s and the Filipino People’s heartfelt gratitude to the Government and People of New Zealand for the generous and gratifying groundswell of sympathy, support and solidarity after super typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines last year. Words will never be enough to thank countless New Zealanders for the outpouring of the goodness and generosity and care and compassion which gave comfort, strength and hope to recover and rebuild what nature’s wrath has laid to waste.
THE PHILIPPINES AND NEW ZEALAND SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDE AIR TALKS IN WELLINGTON
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- Monday, 10 March 2014
Another significant milestone in Philippines-New Zealand cooperation was achieved when their respective Air Consultation Panels successfully concluded their talks in Wellington on 5-6 March 2014 focusing on amendments to the Air Services Agreement. Both countries agreed to increase the frequency of flights to 21 from 3 flights per week, improve the 5th freedom exchange to enable Philippine carriers to operate 5th freedom flights to Australia and New Zealand carriers to operate 5th freedom to China and allow third country code sharing for the carriers of the Philippines and New Zealand. According to Civil Aviation Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, fifth freedom rights refer to the granting of rights for an airline to fly passengers to third countries provided the flights come from or end at the carrier’s own country pursuant to the countries’ bilateral Air Services Agreement. “Although there are no immediate plans for any carrier to operate direct flights between the Philippines and New Zealand, given the small size of the current market, the enhanced fifth freedom can provide better opportunities for carriers to support start- up operations,” Executive Director Arcilla said. He also pointed out that the third country code sharing will allow the airlines from the Philippines and New Zealand to have indirect but more seamless services between the two countries through cooperative agreements with third country airlines which can help develop the market. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Undersecretary of Transport and Communications Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla from the Philippines and Principal Adviser of the Ministry of Transport Sonya van de Geer from New Zealand on 6 March 2014 at the Ministry of Transport in Wellington.
CONSULAR SERVICES FOR FILIPINOS IN AUCKLAND AND SURROUNDING AREAS
- Category: Advisories
- Thursday, 09 January 2014
As the Philippine Embassy continues to embark on its priority to deliver more effective and efficient consular services directly to the Filipino communities throughout the North Island of New Zealand, its Mobile Consular Team will render consular services to Filipinos in Auckland and surrounding areas on the following schedule:
VENUE: Philippine Consulate General, Auckland
Garcia Law, Level 5
16 High Street corner Vulcan Lane
Auckland, New Zealand
DATE / TIME: 6 March 2014 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
7 March 2014 (Friday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8 March 2014 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
9 March 2014 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
10 March 2014 (Monday) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn
The consular services will include passport renewal/issuance and dual citizenship application.
PHL AMBASSADOR HOSTS FELLOWSHIP HIGH TEA FOR FILIPINO COMMUNITY LEADERS AT “ANG BAHAY”
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- Monday, 03 March 2014
As the Philippine Embassy continues to reach out and be one with the Filipino community in projecting a positive influence of and high regard for the Philippines and the Filipino people and promoting the richness and variety of Filipino culture and heritage in New Zealand, Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez hosted a fellowship high tea for the officers of the Federation of Filipino Associations, Clubs and Societies, Inc. (FFASC) at “Ang Bahay” (Philippine Ambassador’s residence) on 1 February 2014. They are Dr. Antonio Noblejas, QSM, and Presidential Banaag Awardee of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO), President, based in Auckland, Ms. Cherry Andrews, Vice-President, based in Rotorua, Ms. Rolyn Demafelis, Secretary, based in Wellington and Mr. Abel Foronda, Treasurer, based in Kapiti Coast. Earlier in the day, they held the FFASC officers meeting. FFASC is the umbrella organization of various Filipino groups and organizations in different parts of New Zealand.
MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL OF WELLINGTON STRENGTHENS TIES WITH PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO NEW ZEALAND
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- Saturday, 01 March 2014
As part of its objectives to strengthen people-to-people ties and broaden community development, the Multicultural Council of Wellington (MCCW) unanimously chose Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez as its first Head of Diplomatic Mission to be closely and directly engaged with and invited her to speak at the first MCCW Meeting for 2014 held at the Wellington City Council on 11 February 2014. The MCCW, an affiliate member of the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils, is a non-profit and membership-based organization established 23 years ago and is run by volunteers from more than 20 community organizations. Its mission is to promote and develop cultural, social, sports and other activities to enhance friendship, unity and cooperation among various ethnic groups and the wider Wellington community and contribute towards collective efforts to build an inclusive and multicultural society. The Philippines is represented by the HIYAS Wellington headed by Ms. Lonie Martin, an active leader of the Filipino community. She is also the Treasurer of MCCW.
PHL AMBASSADOR JOINS THE COMMEMORATION OF THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE IN CHRISTCHURCH
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- Thursday, 27 February 2014
The third anniversary of the 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake was commemorated by meaningful, solemn and touching ceremonies organized by the Christchurch City Council on 22 February 2014. Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez, accompanied by Honorary Consul Peter Wait attended the Family Memorial Service at the earthquake internment site at Avonhead Park Cemetery at 9 o’clock in the morning. They joined bereaved family members, the Ambassadors of Israel and Japan, members of the diplomatic corps, local officials, dignitaries from other countries, members of religious groups and other guests. Ambassador Benavidez and Consul Wait lighted significant candles, hung angel messages of remembrance and offered prayers for the Filipino victims of the earthquake. The Welcome was led by the Christchurch Interfaith Society, the Procession of Remembrance Candle by a representative of the Salvation Army, the opening prayer by Father Valentine Basyuk from the Serbian Orthodox Church, Words for the Families by Elder Michael Roberts from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Memorial Chant by Monks from Wat Buddha Samakhee, Buddhist Community of Christchurch, Address by Honourable Norio Mitsuya, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Song number “My Heart Will Go On” by soloist Jasmine Webster and Closing Prayer by The Reverend Rick Loughnan,Catholic Vicar General of Christchurch.
PHL AMBASSADOR JOINS THE LAUNCH OF THE PHILIPPINE COMMUNITY SETTLEMENT SERVICES AT THE CHRISTCHURCH MIGRANTS CENTRE
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- Tuesday, 25 February 2014
As the Philippine Embassy continues to reach out to Filipino communities throughout the North and South Islands, Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez, accompanied by Vice-Consul Glenn Joseph Obach, joined the launching of the Philippine Community Settlement Services at the Christchurch Migrants Centre on 14 February 2014. This is an extended project of the Philippine Workers’ Social Integration Programme that focused on Philippines Community Support Services run by the Centre’s Philippine Liaison Officer, Ms. Delia Richards, the Centre’s Administrator and volunteers from the Philippine Culture and Sports (PCS) group. Its primary objective is to provide assistance and support within a one-stop shop facility to Filipinos engaged in the rebuild, healthcare, dairy farming, technology, hospitality and other sectors and facilitate their adjustment and settling into the New Zealand ways and community living.
PHL AMBASSADOR ATTENDS NEW ZEALAND’S NATIONAL DAY WAITANGI COMMEMORATIONS 2014 AT THE BAY OF ISLANDS
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- Friday, 21 February 2014
Together with forty-three Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to New Zealand based in Wellington and in Canberra and Tokyo, Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez attended the Waitangi National Day commemorations at the Bay of Islands on 4-6 February 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) organized a well-rounded and highly informative programme that enabled the participants to experience and see first-hand where the actual signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place in 1840 and the historical places and ceremonies that have become an integral part of New Zealand’s national day celebrations every year. The Ambassadors and High Commissioners were warmly welcomed at the Te Tii Marae (Maori Meeting House) by the Chiefs and Elders of the Nga Puhi tribe, the largest Maori tribe in New Zealand. The Te Tii Marae is a historical site steeped in Maori legacy and tradition built in 1940 to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. When the Heads of Mission were invited to speak, Ambassador Benavidez conveyed the greetings of the Philippine Government and the Filipino People on the occasion of New Zealand’s National Day, thanked the Maori hosts in the Maori language and ended with the Maori saying signifying unity and friendship with one another. The Morning Tea hosted by Governor General Lt. Gen. Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae and the Reception and Dinner by Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully provided excellent opportunities for the Heads of Mission to reiterate Waitangi day greetings and appreciation for their graciousness and hospitality. The Breakfast and Foreign Policy presentations hosted by MFAT Secretary John Allen and the business presentations by leading local companies enabled the Heads of Mission to learn more about key updates, priorities and directions of MFAT and the economic and entrepreneurial activities in the Northland, respectively. The Maori cultural performance of the Te Pitowhenua, visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and historical town of Russell and attendance at the Ceremony of the Beat Retreat and Dawn Service were most meaningful and memorable in gaining in-depth knowledge about Maori culture and heritage, the subsequent journey to nationhood and the foundation of present-day New Zealand.
- PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR JOINS THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO WORLDWIDE WALK FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN IN NEW ZEALAND
- PHL EMBASSY'S SECOND MOBILE CONSULAR SERVICES 2014 BENEFIT HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS IN CHRISTCHURCH AND ADJACENT AREAS IN THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
- POEA: VISA CONSULTANCY FIRMS USED FOR ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT
- PHILIPPINES, NEW ZEALAND TO LAUNCH WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME
- NZ, PHILIPPINES TO START WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME
- PHL AMBASSADOR HOSTS FELLOWSHIP DINNER FOR FILIPINO SCHOLARS IN NEW ZEALAND
- SINULOG FESTIVAL IN NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTS RICHNESS OF FILIPINO CULTURE AND SPIRITUAL HERITAGE
- PHL EMBASSY THANKS THAI COMMUNITY IN NEW ZEALAND FOR DONATION TO THOSE AFFECTED BY TYPHOON HAIYAN
- FIRST EVER AMBASSADOR’S CUP IN BADMINTON BRINGS TOGETHER TEAMS FROM THE GREATER WELLINGTON AREA, NEW ZEALAND
- PHL AMBASSADOR HOSTS THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR CARITAS AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND