Oath Taking of the Federation of Filipino-German Organizations in Northern Germany Print E-Mail
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Saturday, 21 August 2010
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And now I would like to focus on a matter which is of primary concern to our kababayans in Northern Germany.

 

As you may already be aware, in 2008, the Embassy embarked on the implementation of the rationalization of Philippine foreign service posts in Germany, with the primary objective of streamlining operations and achieving cost-efficiency pursuant to the presidentís executive order no. 366 issued in 2004.

As a first step, the Embassyís Extension Office in Bonn was permanently closed in October 2008, which paved the way for the opening of the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt am Main in March 2009.

 

The Extension Office in Bonn was one of the last few consular offices in Bonn since most of the consular offices of other countries were already established in Frankfurt. It was deemed that opening a post in Hesse would better serve the strategic interests of the Philippine Government, Frankfurt being a major hub of commerce and trade in Europe.

 

Still as part of the rationalization program in Germany, the Honorary Consulate in Potsdam was closed in October last year. A consular presence in Potsdam, which is a mere 30 minutes away by car from Berlin, was made redundant with the opening of the Philippine Embassy in 2000.

 

The Honorary Consulate in Gotha, Thuringen was also closed in July this year. To take its place, the Philippine Government has requested the opening of an Honorary Consulate in Dresden which shall cover Eastern Germanyís corridors of Thuringen, Saxony and Saxon-Anhalt.

 

The Philippine Consulate General in Hamburg was the first Philippine service post in Germany. It was established in 1954. Its closure in July 2009, after almost 55 years of operation, reflected this new direction of Philippine presence in Northern Germany. Please note that, at the time of its closure, the Philippines was again one of the last few countries to have maintained a career consular office in Northern Germany. Majority of the countries currently maintain honorary consular representations either in Hamburg or Bremen.

 

I wish to assure you all, as well as the rest of our kababayans who are not here with us tonight, that the Philippine Government will continue to maintain an active presence in Northern Germany. The German Government has already been informed that we intend to open an honorary consulate in Hamburg.

 

The task of opening an Honorary Consulate in Hamburg certainly requires a sufficient period of time to accomplish. During this period, the Philippine Embassy will Continue to serve Filipinos in Northern Germany and, for that matter, all Filipinos in Germany. It may interest you to know that, even if we have offices in other parts of Germany, Filipinos and Germans alike still continue to transact with the Embassy.



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