German Embassy and PHLPost launch 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps
The German Embassy in Manila, in cooperation with the Philippine Postal Corporation, and with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, launched the PHILIPPINES – GERMANY 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps.
German Embassies and Consulates worldwide are currently experiencing significant delays occurring with the processing of Schengen-Visa applications. These delays vary from application to application. They can take up to 12 calendar days or longer, and are caused by extended data processing times.
This year the Philippines and Germany celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. It was only after Philippine Independence in 1946 and the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 that our Governments for the first time in history had the chance to establish full diplomatic relations between our countries. In 1954 both countries agreed to exchange diplomatic representatives and the Philippines opened a Consulate in Hamburg. Two years later, both countries established Embassies headed by Ambassadors.
In response to the growing humanitarian need in Iraq, the Federal Foreign Office is making two million euros available to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for projects in that country.
Under its small-scale projects scheme, the German Embassy in Manila has approved a project of the Stairway Foundation Inc., a non-profit children’s rights organization, worth around 430,000Php.
The aid organization arche noVa is one of many German organizations that helped to provide relief assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It specifically focuses in the provision of WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities. The German Federal Foreign Office has provided 140,000 Euro (about Php 8.2 million) for the relief operations of arche noVa in the Philippines.
A dossier on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. In Part 10 we cycle the course of the former Wall and experience what is otherwise barely tangible today: Berlin as a divided city.
Another highlight in with the celebrations of 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Germany, the Goethe-Institut Philippinen and Liceo de Cagayan University High School (Liceo U High School) have strengthened their partnership under the program, "Schools: Partners of the Future" (PASCH).
During his visit to Cebu, Ambassador Ossowski met with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas C. Cortes. He was accompanied by Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz, German Honorary Consul in Cebu City.
Ambassador Thomas Ossowski presented his letters of credence to H.E. the President of the Republic of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, May 22, 2014. On the same day the ambassador handed over the translation of the historic works of Augustin and Elisabeth Krämer at a reception hosted by the Honorary Consul, Thomas Schubert.
Eight Southeast Asian nationals visited the Embassy to receive their German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship grant through the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to pursue their graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of the Philippines Diliman for the school year 2013/2014.
Ambassador Ossowski witnessed German development cooperation activities during his trip to the province of Negros. In the mountain community of Patag he visited farmers participating in the programme "Ourfood", through which farmers learn to expand their income by changing to high value crops and meeting the high standards for organic food of supermarkets.
During a trip to Negros Occidental, Ambassador Ossowski saw German private investment and green technology at work. In the community of San Carlos, he attended the inauguration of the SACASOL solar farm, the first large-scale commercially financed solar power plant in the Philippines.
The German Embassy hosted an evening event to thank the relief workers who have worked with the Embassy in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The event also helped representatives of various aid and non-government organizations to meet and connect.