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PHILIPPINES AND GERMANY CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS ON SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT
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Thursday, 03 April 2014

Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R. Natividad signs copies of the Minutes of the final round of the Philippine-German Negotiations on Social Security along with Ms. Judy Frances See, the Vice President of the Philippine Social Security System (SSS), Mr. Helmut Weber at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
BERLIN – The final round of negotiations on a Philippine-German bilateral agreement on social security took place at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in Berlin from 24 to 28 March 2013.


Ambassador Maria Cleofe Natividad opened the negotiations and expressed optimism that the second round would succeed. She cited ‘positive signs’ for a prompt conclusion of the negotiations, such as the recent signing of a labor agreement facilitating the deployment of Filipino nurses to Germany as well as the ‘perfect timing’, as the Philippines and Germany are celebrating the 60th year of diplomatic relations in 2014.
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SSS Briefing and Onsite Services in Hamburg and Berlin
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Social Security System (SSS) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Philippine Community (Berlin) and the Federation of Filipino Organizations in Northern Germany e.V. (FFONG) cordially invites you to the SSS Briefing and Onsite Services in Hamburg (23 March 2014) and Berlin (24 March 2014).

 

Please click on the links below for details.

 

Berlin

Hamburg

List of SSS Onsite services for Overseas Filipinos

 
Philippines lauded by the German Business Community at OAV´s 94th Liebesmahl
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Sunday, 16 March 2014
From left: OAV Executive Member of the Board Mr. Timo Prekop, Hon. Lord Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, OAV Chairman and Deutsche Bank co-CEO Mr. Jürgen Fitschen, Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, IHK Hamburg Vice President Dr. Jens Peter Breitengroß and Asia-Pacific Committee (APA) Chairman Mr. Hubert Lienhard at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Liebesmahl at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer) on 7 March 2014. (Photo Courtesy: German Asia-Pacific Business Association)
Hamburg, 10 March 2014. The German Asia-Business Association (OAV) lauded the Philippines for its impressive economic performance at the 94th Liebesmahl on 7 March 2014 in Hamburg.  OAV Chairman and Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen invited Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima as the keynote speaker in recognition of the country’s improved competitiveness and Secretary Purisima’s commitment to economic reforms and good governance. 

OAV Chairman and Deutsche Bank co-CEO Mr. Jürgen Fitschen together with Secretary Cesar V. Purisima at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Liebesmahl at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer) on 7 March 2014. (Photo Courtesy: German Asia-Pacific Business Association)
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fitschen stressed that the Philippines was proving to be a true success story in the Asia Pacific region, with growth being underpinned by strong fundamentals in contrast to other emerging markets where growth has been artificially created.  Mr. Fitschen was especially bullish about growth prospects in the Philippines and he noted that the German business community is gaining a keen awareness of the country’s core strength: its people.  Deutsche Bank, for instance, employs more than 2,000 staff at its Deutsche Knowledge Services in Bonifacio Global City.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 )
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Philippines continues aggressive tourism promotions at World´s Largest Travel Trade Fair in Berlin
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Monday, 17 March 2014

This year the Philippine Country Pavilion expanded to more than 100 sq. meters and included 24 tour operators as well as hotels and resorts.
Berlin, 11 March 2014. The Philippines recently completed its successful participation at the 2014 Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin, which ran from 4-10 March 2014 at the Messe Berlin. 

The Philippine delegation, including Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad (center), Philippines Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) CEO Mr. Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III, Hon. Rep. Rene L. Relampagos (1st District Bohol and Chair of House Committee on Tourism), Hon. Rep. Dakila Carlo E. Cua (Quirino Lone District), and Hon. Rep. Oscar S. Garin, Jr. (1st District Iloilo), take the official photo on the opening day of the ITB.
The Philippines expanded its presence at this year’s ITB with a total of 24 tour operators and hotels and resorts.  To meet the increased number of business representatives, the Department of Tourism designed a seamlessly integrated Pavilion profiling the main tourism destinations of the country.  Special attention this year was given to Bohol province, which has been recovering from the effects of a major earthquake in October 2013.  Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad noted that the Philippine tourism industry continued to be resilient in the face of major calamities that affected the country last year.  She noted that the main tourism destinations remained largely unaffected and in areas such as Bohol, infrastructure was being improved and upgraded.  The “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign has taken hold with consumers, with visitor arrivals growing by almost 10% to 4.68 million tourists in 2013.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 )
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Philippines delivers strong showing at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Ambassador Natividad welcomes the production teams of “Quick Change”: Dan Villegas (Cinematographer), Ferdinand Lapuz (Producer), Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Director) and “Unfriend”: Joselito Altarejos (Director), Sandino Martin (Actor), Mimi Viola (Production Design), Arvin Viola (Cinematographer), and Markk Perete (Producer)
Berlin, 24 February 2014.    A strong contingent of young and dynamic Filipino cinematic talents participated at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which was held from 6 – 16 February 2014.  Two Filipino films, “Quick Change” and “Unfriend” participated in the Berlinale Panorama section, which is geared towards innovative, alternative and independent films. 
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28th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
“KAPIT BISIG TUNGO SA PAGBANGON"

The Philippine Embassy in Berlin joins the Filipino nation in commemorating the 28th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Kapit Bisig Tungo sa Pagbangon.”

The EDSA revolution of 1986 is considered one of the defining moments in the nation’s history as millions of Filipinos gathered and marched in solidarity along EDSA to confront a dictatorship and inevitably restore democracy to the Philippines. 

The People Power Revolution is a phenomenon not unique to the Philippines as it helped inspire a series of other similar “People Power” revolutions in other parts of the world, including the people power that led to the Fall of the Berlin Wall leading to the unification of Germany. END
 
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