During the visit to Germany by the President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, several bilateral agreements were signed at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (19 September). Among other things, the foundation for the establishment of a German-Philippine chamber of commerce was laid.
Ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office: in the presence of the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Albert del Rosario, and State Secretary Stephan Steinlein, German-Philippine agreements and exchanges of notes in the spheres of social security, trade and education were signed. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was unable to attend as he was on a trip abroad.
Agreement on social security
A social security agreement was signed by the Philippines’ Ambassador to Germany, Maria Natividad, and Germany’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Thomas Ossowski.
Establishment of a German-Philippine chamber of commerce
Furthermore, a bilateral chamber of commerce is to be set up. There was a symbolic exchange of the relevant notes between Gregory Domingo, Trade and Industry Secretary of the Philippines, and Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Economics Ministry. The formal exchange will take place in Manila.
Cooperation in the sphere of vocational training
A declaration of intent on cooperation in the sphere of vocational training was signed by the Philippines’ Ambassador to Germany, Maria Natividad, and the German Ambassador to the Philippines, Thomas Ossowski.
Moreover, a cooperation agreement between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was concluded.
It was signed by TESDA Director-General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva and BIBB President Friedrich Hubert Esser. Among other things, it is intended to intensify cooperation with a view to creating practice-oriented vocational training which is integrated into companies.