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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
07 March 2014 - In support of International Women’s Day (IWD) and to promote gender and development, the Philippine Embassy supported the UN Women National Committee Australia fund raising initiative, with its personnel donning purple ribbons on 7 March 2014 to mark IWD.
Embassy personnel also distributed International Women’s Day purple ribbons to visitors and consular clients of the Embassy to raise awareness of the event and the situation of women. According to the UN Women National Committee Australia, 70% of the world’s poor are women.
“International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It serves as an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.” (culled from the UN National Committee Australia website)
The Philippine Embassy will be closed on Monday, 10 March 2014,
in observance of
Regular working hours resume on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.
In case of emergency, please get in touch with the Embassy's duty officer at
0408 735 383.
USAT Don Isidro Declared a Protected Historic Shipwreck
28 February 2014 – The Philippine Embassy welcomes the declaration by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Minister for the Environment, of the remains of the United States Army Transport Vessel, USAT Don Isidro, as a protected Historic Shipwreck under Australia’s Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.
The Declaration coincided with the commemoration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and the meaningful Ceremony recognizing and honouring the lives and sacrifices of the Filipino Merchant Mariners of USAT Don Isidro organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Darwin, Northern Territory at the Darwin Military Museum on 18 February 2014. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Ambassador Belen F. Anota and Hon. Peter Styles MLA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
The vessel is testament to the service and sacrifice of these Filipino merchant mariners in the military history of Australia.
The USAT Don Isidro now joins the American merchant ship SS Florence D as shared heritage sites associated with the defense of the Philippines protected by the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 in Australian Waters. END
PH hosts 4th Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM)
21 February 2014 - The Philippines hosted the 4th Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) in Manila on 20-21 February 2014. The PAMM sets the direction and vision of Philippines-Australia bilateral relations and serves as the forum to discuss initiatives and activities to strengthen the bilateral partnership.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario and Secretary of Trade and Investment Gregory L. Domingo met with their counterparts, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, and discussed issues of mutual interest, and various political and economic developments in the region. The Ministers affirmed their commitment to strengthen Philippines-Australia bilateral ties, specifically in the areas of political consultations and dialogue, trade and investment promotion, and people-to-people exchanges.
The Ministers also met with high-level business delegations from Australia and the Philippines and expressed the importance of private sector engagement in moving the relations forward.
For the full text of the Fourth Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) Joint Ministerial Statement, please visit www.dfa.gov.ph
ASEAN, Australia launch commemoration of 40 years of dialogue partnership in Manila, 20 February 2014
ASEAN and Australia marked 40 years of their successful dialogue partnership with the Official Launch of the ASEAN-Australia 40th Anniversary Commemoration on February 20 at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati City.
The Official Launch marked four decades of strong ASEAN-Australia partnership and serve as a platform for charting a new strategic direction, complementing ASEAN’s focus on strengthening regional integration through the ASEAN Community 2015 and beyond.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the launch. The event was also graced by top diplomats, including the Heads of Mission/Representatives of all ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners in the Philippines, who collectively emphasized the depth of ASEAN-Australia engagement in security, culture, trade, education, people-to-people exchanges and development.
The Official Logo of the ASEAN-Australia 40th Anniversary Commemoration was likewise unveiled during the event.
Australia became ASEAN’s first formal dialogue partner in April 1974. The Philippines is now the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Australia relations (2102 to 2015).
Northern Territory Government Honors the Sacrifices of Filipino Merchant Mariners during the Bombing of Darwin, 18 February 2014
The Northern Territory Government recognized and honored today the historic involvement and sacrifices of 16 Filipino Merchant Mariners from the American transport ships SS Florence D and SS Don Isidro during the bombing of Darwin of 19 February 2014.
According to Major Paul Rosenzweig (retired), SS Don Isidro was first attacked by Japanese aircraft on 18 February, the day before the raids on Darwin, but suffered no damage. On the morning of the 19th, it was north of Bathurst Island when it was strafed by Japanese fighter planes returning from the strike on Darwin. Meanwhile, SS Florence D, which was responding to the SOS call of Don Isidro, was also attacked and immediately sank. Fourteen Filipino merchant mariners lost their lives, and two others subsequently died from their wounds. They were all civilians serving under Articles of Agreement with the Master but were in fact on secret mission to support allied forces in the Philippines, crewing blockade-runners engaged by the American military.
Mr. Januario Rivas, Philippine Consul General to Darwin, a.h., worked closely with the NT Government, especially the office of the Hon. Peter Styles MLA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Tom Lewis OAM, Director of the Darwin Military Museum and the Department of the Chief Minister, to commemorate this historic event that proves the long and steadfast friendship between the Philippines and Australia, and its two peoples.
The commemoration, which was hosted at the Darwin Military Museum, included remarks from H.E. Ambassador Belen F. Anota, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, and Minister Styles. They also unveiled the commemorative plaque bearing the names of the Filipino mariners and laid wreaths in honor of all Filipinos who lost their lives during the bombing of Darwin in 1942, both on land and on sea. There were also five Filipinos who lost their lives while working on the Darwin Wharf during the bombing of Darwin. Filipino priest, Fr. Felimon Libot CMF, then offered a prayer for the repose of those who died.
The event was also attended by the Hon. Sally Thomas AC, Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Right Worshipful Katrina Fong Lim, Lord Mayor of Darwin, Mrs. Natasha Griggs, Federal Member for Solomon, Mr. Ian Abbot, Worship Mayor of Palmerston, representatives from the Tiwi Land Council, members of the Consular Corps, descendants of Juan Roque Cubillo and Catalino Spain who died during the Darwin bombing, and members of the Filipino community.
The solemn and meaningful commemoration truly served as a testament to the significant contribution of the Filipino community to the military history of Australia.
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