Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Jose D.R. Burgos presented his Credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to the Federative Republic of Brazil to President Dilma Vana Rousseff on November 04 at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia, Brazil.
Assisting the President during the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony were Ambassador Mauro Vieira, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Honorable Marco Aurelio, Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs and Agriculture.
The Ambassador’s retinue was composed of Doctor Blesilda Mansilla Burgos, Ambassador Burgos’ spouse, as well as First Secretary and Consul General Ariz Severino V. Convalecer.
In presenting his credentials, Ambassador Burgos expressed his deepest gratitude and appreciation to the President for her warm accommodation in the acceptance of the Ambassador’s credentials. He took the opportunity to convey to the President the best wishes and warmest greetings from Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Ambassador Burgos also expressed deep gratitude and appreciation to the Brazilian Government and its people for their generous support and active cooperation in many fields, such as the Zero Hunger Program (CGFOME), Bolsa Familia, and other poverty alleviation and social security programs in which the Philippines view Brazil as an exemplary model.
In her brief remarks, President Rousseff mentioned that she was very pleased that Brazil was of great assistance to the Philippines in the latter’s crafting and implementation of 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) which was patterned after Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program, which is touted as the world’s most successful social amelioration program. It may be recalled that a delegation led by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman together with Department of Agriculture (DAR) Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes visited Brazil to study the Bolsa Familia Program in June 2013.
After the presentation of credentials, the Ambassador and his retinue attended a lunch at the Itamaraty Palace hosted by Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira in honor of the 22 Ambassadors who presented their credentials to the President. Aside from the Philippines, Ambassadors from Luxembourg, Latvia, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Algeria, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Malawi, North Korea, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Sri Lanka, France, Mali, Egypt, Sudan, Gabon, Slovenia and the European Union also presented their credentials.
Source: www.dfa.gov.ph Date accessed: 25 November 2015