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09/12/2017: NEW PH AMBASSADOR ENGAGES FILCOM IN US, CARIBBEAN

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09 December 2017

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez delivers remarks in his first town hall meeting with the Filipino community held at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 08 December 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Newly-arrived Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America Jose Manuel G. Romualdez addressed the Filipino communities in the US and Caribbean region for the first time at a town hall meeting held on 08 December 2017 at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy.

In his formal remarks, Ambassador Romualdez underscored the vital role of the Filipino community in shaping and strengthening Philippines-US relations.

“Next to the shared sacrifices of Filipino and American soldiers in the defense of freedom and liberty during World War II, your productive presence in this country serves as the anchor for the enduring alliance between the Philippines and the United States,” the Ambassador said.

As the head of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Romualdez concurrently serves as the Philippines’ emissary to the countries in the Caribbean region, including Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia.

He lauded the Filipino communities for making positive contributions to their host countries and for increasingly demonstrating resilience and solidarity in the pursuit of shared goals.

“Indeed, the Filipino communities in the US and the Caribbean are entering a new phase – one that sees them becoming more strategic, vocal and visible in the pursuit of their interests and aspirations. We can take as examples the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II veterans and the bayanihan spirit that served as a powerful counterpoint to the tragedies caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey,” Ambassador Romualdez observed.

“Your communities have been a constant source of pride for our country. In return, all of us in the Government are working hard to create a stronger and better Philippines that you and I will be proud of,” he further said.

During the Q&A, the Ambassador fielded a diverse set of questions, including on immigration; the Philippines’ positions on South China Sea and climate change; the US assistance in the rehabilitation in Marawi City; human rights situation in the Philippines; and the Embassy’s strategy to engage the Filipino-American youth, among others.

The town hall meeting was streamed live on the Embassy’s official Facebook page. ###

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09 December 2017

Ambassador Romualdez fields various questions from members of the Filipino community at the town hall meeting held on 08 December 2017.

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09 December 2017

Members of the Filipino communities from Metro DC and nearby states filled the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy to meet and welcome Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in the evening of 08 December 2017.

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09 December 2017

Ambassador Romualdez engages the attendees of the town hall in a more personal interaction after the formal program concluded.