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Ambassador De Leon welcomes RP Swimming Team
Ambassador and Madame Ernesto H. De Leon pose with the members of the Philippine swimming team participating in the Pacific School Games (PSG) being held in Canberra, which opened on 30 November and will close on Saturday, 6 December 2008.
The evening of 2 December 2008, the Ambassador and Madam de Leon welcomed the Philippine youngsters, their team manager, coaches and parents to an Australian barbie (barbeque) at the Official Residence. It was, of course, a Pinoy-flavored barbie complete with rice, which the children had missed a mere days after their arrival in the Australian capital.
The PSG is a sporting event involving school-age competitors from the Australian states and territories, as well as other invited countries, particularly from the Pacific Rim. While it has proven to be an effective scouting ground for future sporting and Olympic greats, its main aim is to promote goodwill and understanding among the youth of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Philippines has been participating regularly in the Games, missing only one PSG since its launching in 1982.
The Canberra event is the eight PSG.
Amb. De Leon heads labor delegation to Adelaide
A labor delegation from the Philippines is going to Adelaide to push forward the drafting of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Philippine government and the South Australian government that would mean thousands of job opportunities for Filipino skilled workers. The delegation will arrive in Adelaide on 3 November and will stay until 6 November, and whose activities include on-site visits of companies employing Filipinos, meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, and meeting with South Australian government officials for the drafting of the MOU.
The visit of Philippine labor officials is in response to the trade mission to the Philippines conducted by South Australian officials headed by Deputy Premier Kevin Foley in July of this year. The trade mission seeks to deploy to South Australia up to 50,000 skilled Filipino workers over the next decade.
"This is welcome news for Filipinos. In the midst of a worldwide financial crisis, this memorandum, once finalized, would prove to be a watershed for Filipino skilled workers who wish to work in Australia. The Philippine government is exploring every avenue to provide Filipino workers job opportunities at home or abroad", says Ambassador Ernesto De Leon who is at the forefront of the labor mission.
With the Ambassador to the visit in Adelaide are Labor Undersecretary Rosalinda Baldoz, TESDA Executive Director Gabriel G. Bordado, Mr. Ramon L. Pastrana, POEA representative, OWWA Director Vivian Tornea, Labor Representative Victor Julio Ablan and Ms. Merla Simon, technical assistant from DOLE.
Machine Readable Passports
The Philippine Embassy in Canberra is accepting applications for the issuance of Machine Readable Passports.
The issuance of the Machine Readable Passport by the Philippines is in compliance with the requirements of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for all member-countries to implement Machine Readable Passports before the year 2010.
The Philippine Machine Readable Passport incorporates the biometrics of the holder making it easy to identify the bearer and at the same time minimizes the instances of tampering and falsification. This shall ensure the integrity of the passport and greatly facilitates the travel of its bearer across the borders. Our machine readable passport embodies world class standards and is now at par with the standards of passport issued by the developed countries. It increases the credibility of the Philippines and better secures the identity of its bearer.
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