Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Jose D.R. Burgos presented his credentials to President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana David Arthur Granger, as Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to Guyana on September 07.
Assisting the President during the Presentation of Credentials were 2nd Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl B. Greenidge, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Audrey Waddell, and Acting Chief of Protocol Marion Herbert. Ambassador Burgos was accompanied by his spouse Dra. Blesilda Mansilla-Burgos, Second Secretary and Consul Eric P. Valenzuela, and Mr. Guillermo Reyes.
In his Accreditation Speech, Ambassador Burgos conveyed the warmest greetings and best wishes from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines, and greeted the government and people of Guyana in celebrating their Golden Jubilee of Independence this year.
Ambassador Burgos also thanked President Granger’s accommodation in the acceptance of his Letters of Credence and the Government of Guyana for taking care of the 100 overseas Filipinos working in the country, as well as Guyana’s support to Philippine candidatures in the United Nations.
Guyana and the Philippines formally established diplomatic relations through the signing of the Joint Communiqué on September 25, 2008 but the ties between the Guyanese and Filipino people extend back to at least 25 years with the arrival of Filipino missionary doctors in Guyana, particularly in Woodlands Hospital. This was followed by Filipinos who came to Guyana to do volunteer work. Today, there are Filipino forest workers, teachers and medical professionals in the country.
Aside from protecting the rights of the migrant workers, the Ambassador remarked that both the Philippines and Guyana are advocates for the rule of law, protection of the environment and preservation of cultural heritage among others.
Meanwhile, President Granger said that Guyana and the Philippines, though separated by a distance of more than 18,000 kilometers, are drawn together to ensure that their development goals are achieved in an environment of peace and security.
“Guyana and the Philippines adhere to common principles of international relations. These include a mutual respect for the integrity and sovereignty of states, mutual non-interference in other states’ affairs, co-operation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of peace and security,” President Granger added.
He said that Guyana looks forward to stronger cooperation with the Philippines at the international and bilateral levels, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and the preservation of the environment.
Ambassador Burgos also met with Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl B. Greenidge, Acting Chair of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ms. Padma Kunjbeharry, and members of the Filipino Community in Guyana.
Source: www.dfa.gov.ph Date accessed: 03 October 2016