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PH AND GERMANY LAUNCH LANDMARK AGREEMENTS ON TVET
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Thursday, 13 November 2014
PHILIPPINES AND GERMANY LAUNCH LANDMARK AGREEMENTS ON TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, Philippine Ambassador to Germany (seated right) and Ambassador Thomas Ossowksi, German Amabssador to the Philippines (seated left) sign the Joint Declaration of Intent in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Philippine and German officials, including Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, and TESDA Director General Joel Villaneuva witnessed the signing.
Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, Philippine Ambassador to Germany (seated right) and Ambassador Thomas Ossowksi, German Amabssador to the Philippines (seated left) sign the Joint Declaration of Intent in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Philippine and German officials, including Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, and TESDA Director General Joel Villaneuva witnessed the signing.
Berlin, 8 October 2014.  As part of President Aquino’s official visit to Berlin, the Philippines and Germany signed two (2) agreements on technical and vocational education and training (TVET).  Witnessed by DFA Secretary del Rosario, DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva and high-ranking German officials, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R. Natividad and German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski signed the Joint Declaration of Intent that provides a comprehensive bilateral framework for cooperation on TVET. 

As part of efforts to boost TESDA’s capabilities, Secretary Joel Villanueva and President Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) also signed a Cooperation Agreement for collaborative research and development of TVET.  The Bonn-based BIBB is a German and international center of excellence for research on vocational education and training and the progressive development of VET.


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GERMAN BUSINESSES SET THEIR SIGHTS ON THE PHILIPPINES
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014
President Aquino meets with Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of Stihl AG, and Mr. Jan-Grigor Schubert, President of Zama Corporation at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
Berlin, 1 October 2014. A broad cross section of SMEs and large German companies are showing a very strong interest in the Philippines.  This was the message conveyed by German business leaders in their meetings with President Aquino during his official visit to Berlin on 19-20 September 2014. 

President Aquino held engagements with six (6) companies during his short stay in the German capital.  Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad observed that “we are now witnessing increased interest from German SMEs, known as the Mittelstand, to establish their presence in the Philippines.  The Mittelstand has taken notice of the Philippines’ strong economic fundamentals and growth prospects.  In particular, investors have recognized the resurgence in our country’s manufacturing sector, which grew by more than 10% in 2013.”  The Mittelstand tend to be family-owned export oriented enterprises that focus on high value industrial products and the Mittelstand is acknowledged as the backbone of Germany’s export oriented economy. 
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PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS FOR 2015
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Thursday, 06 November 2014
PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS FOR 2015
Proclamation No. 831 dated 17th July 2014


The following regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2015 shall be observed:

A.    Regular Holidays

    New Year’s Day                                    January 1 (Thursday)
    Maundy Thursday                                 April 2
    Good Friday                                          April 3
    Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)        April 9 (Thursday)
    Labor Day                                             May 1 (Friday)
    Independence Day                               June 12 (Friday)
    National Heroes Day                             August 31 (Last Monday of August)
    Bonifacio Day                                        November 30 (Monday)
    Christmas Day                                      December 25 (Friday)
    Rizal Day                                               December 30 (Wednesday)

B.    Special (Non-Working) Days:
   
    Chinese New Year                                 February 19 (Thursday)
    Black Saturday                                      April 4
    Ninoy Aquino Day                                  August 21 (Friday)
    All Saints Day                                        November 1 (Sunday)
    Additional special (non-working) Day    January 2 (Friday)
                                                                 December 24 (Thursday)
    Last Day of the Year                             December 31 (Thursday)

C.    Special Holiday (for all schools)

    EDSA Revolution Anniversary                February 25 (Wednesday)

D.    Islamic Holidays

The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar or the lunar calendar or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.END
 
Philippine Embassy Berlin Holds One-Day Consular Outreach in Munich
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Thursday, 02 October 2014
Outreach at the Oktoberfest. Vice Consul a.H. Jutta Hippelein (left) and Consul Adrian Cruz (right) pose with Filipino passport applicants wearing the traditional ““dirndl” attire for the women and the “lederhosen” for men
– The Philippine Embassy in Berlin composed of Consul Adrian Cruz, Ms. Melinda Hernais, Ms. Rowena Andaya Hernandez, Ms. Mylah Ann Rubio and Mr. Armand Mahinay conducted a mobile consular outreach service in München on 27 September 2014 at the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Bavaria.
 
The team facilitated a total of 143 e-passport applications and 25 assorted notarials, certifications and civil registry applications. Filipinos from The outreach was held at Nussbaumstr. 10/V 80336 München, where the Office of the Honorary Consulate is located. Many of the applicants seeking consular assistance came from the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. 
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Policy Speech of President Aquino in Berlin Livestreaming
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Thursday, 18 September 2014
To watch the Policy Speech of President Benigno Aquino III in Berlin on 19 September at 1700h Central European Time (CET) please click on this link --- http://www.koerber-stiftung.de/en/international-affairs/focus-new-east/aquino-2014/livestream-english.html
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 )
 
PHILIPPINES LAUNCHES EXHIBIT TO COMMEMORATE 60 YEARS OF PHILIPPINE-GERMAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Berlin PE Officers and Staff pose before the launch of the exhibit in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Philippine-German diplomatic relations. Inset is the screenshot of the audio-visual presentation on the chronology of Philippine-German relations.
Berlin, 26 June 2014. Earlier this month, the Philippines launched an exhibit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Germany.  The audio-visual exhibit, designed by Mr. Dakila Gonzales from the Philippine Tourism Office in Frankfurt, charted the shared history between Philippines and Germany, which actually originated during Ferdinand Magellan’s “discovery” of the Philippines in 1521.  Magellan’s company not only included German sailors but the expedition was itself financed by Jakob Fugger, a well-known banker from Augsburg.

As the Spanish colonial period took hold, German trading companies began operating in the Philippines in the 1830s and Germans would soon dominate the pharmaceutical industry through such enterprises as Botica Boie and Botica Zobel.  Burgeoning commercial links spurred the German trading states of Bremen and Hamburg to establish consulates in the country.  This strong German presence, which was the second largest expatriate community after the British, led to the creation of the German Reading Club (the forerunner of the current German Club) in 1880.  However, people-to-people interactions were not solely one way.  Dr. Jose Rizal pursued his ophthalmology training at the Charite Hospital in Berlin and he spent considerable time as well in Heidelberg, Wilhemsfeld, Dresden and Leipzig.  Rizal completed Noli Mi Tangere in 1886 and through his benefactor, Maximo Viola, had the first batch of 2,000 copies of his masterpiece published at the Berliner Buchdruckerei-Aktiengesellschaft.
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