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The Philippine Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO-PM) in Geneva, is inviting interested individuals or groups /organization to participate in the bidding session to be conducted from 05-20 July 2022 (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm) at the Philippine Mission, Allée David Morse 16, for the following old/used vehicle:

VAN – Renault Trafic

Combi Blue 2006, 1998 cc, gasoline

Attached is the bidding form with the list of items/equipment that are subject to evaluation and bidding.  The deadline for submission will be on 20 July 2022.  For queries you may wish to contact Mr. Jerry T. Yambao at 022-909-7909, or through his email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Geneva, 04 July 2022Bid Form for Van Renault Trafic

Geneva, Switzerland (12 June 2022) – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo and Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Fermin D. Adriano are co-heading the Philippine Delegation participating in the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) being held at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters from 12 – 15 June 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Ministerial Conference, which was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is taking on several critical issues such as concluding the Fisheries Subsidies negotiations, a Ministerial Decision on Agriculture, Ministerial Declarations on Trade and Health and TRIPS waiver, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), Work Programme on E-Commerce, WTO Modernization and Reform, MSME’s, and Trade and Gender, among others.

The Philippines, through a pre-recorded statement by DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez for the plenary session, underscored the importance of achieving outcomes on fisheries subsidies and agriculture. Secretary Lopez highlighted that “The conclusion of the fisheries subsidies negotiations not only show that the WTO can deliver on its mandate to address harmful fishery subsidies in this instance but also will provide much needed impetus for the WTO to demonstrate its capacity to address climate change and environmental degradation head on. In addition, an outcome on agriculture is indispensable at MC12 if we are to chart a pathway to credible long-term food security and development as the WTO Membership charts a way forward to an ambitious agriculture work program towards MC13.”

 

Secretary Lopez also stressed the importance of building a more credible and forward-looking WTO that will be ready to address new pandemics, while becoming an institution prepared to meet the exigencies of the innovating global economy. He added that “We must be ambitious in advancing our initiatives to develop new rules on e-commerce, facilitate MSMEs participation in the global value chains, and facilitate investment for development. The Philippines supports steady steps towards institutional change and adaptation so that we guarantee a robust and relevant multilateral trading system in the decades ahead.” (Full Statement of DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez may be accessed at  https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc12_e/mc12_statements_e.htm)

 

Prior to the delegation’s participation in MC12, the DTI, DA, and the DFA conducted a series of consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, and Civil Society Organizations. These consultations were carried out to provide all concerned parties with opportunities to express their concerns with respect to the issues in MC12.

In the consultations, government and civil society converged on the importance of Philippines’ prioritizing three areas for this conference: Food and Agriculture--including on insisting on the Doha Development Agenda; TRIPS and Public Health as a means to ensure Health security; and Fishery Subsidies including on the need to provide flexibility for small fisherfolks.

Undersecretaries Rodolfo, Adriano and the delegation will also be conducting transparency sessions with stakeholders to update them on the state of play on critical issues during the 4-day Ministerial Conference.

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Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee and Mr. Emmanuel Garibay

31 May 2022

The Philippines Missions in Geneva unveiled on 20 May 2022 a grand mural with the theme of the Global Filipino.  The Global Filipino mural, which measures an impressive 3.5 meters by 5 meters, was borne from Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee’s idea to collaborate with renowned Filipino artist Mr. Emmanuel “Manny” Garibay’s on the creation of an ambitious artistic centerpiece for the newly opened Philippine Chancery Building in Geneva.

The Formal Unveiling was co-hosted by Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the WTO, Ambassador Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, and Mr. Felipe F. Cariño III, Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in Geneva.

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(L-R): Ms. Mary Grace C. Yap, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Mr. Emmanuel Garibay, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.), H.E. Amb. Uriel Norman R. Garibay (ret.)

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Teehankee noted that: “The Philippine Chancery Building can serve as a hub for engagement between the Filipino community and International Geneva as well as a forum to promote Filipino culture through the Rizal Library, and in future a possible Sentro Rizal in Geneva.” 

In her closing remarks, Ambassador Almojeula highlighted that:  “The mural painting is a legacy project by the Missions in Geneva that exhibits the uniqueness, beauty, and complexity of the Philippine art to Filipino and foreign visitors alike and is intended to be strategically displayed in the Mission public area to encourage a sense of pride, joy, and nationalism among our Filipino kababayan who can now call the newly-opened chancery as their home away from the mother country” according to Ambassador Almojuela.

The project was seen to fruition through a multi-faceted partnership between the Philippine Mission to the UN, the Philippine Mission to the WTO, the Philippine Consulate General Geneva, Mr. Garibay, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Dr. Francis Chua, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the International Chamber of Commerce (Philippines) and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, M3 Immobilier, and the DFA’s Office of Asset Management and Support Services (OAMMS). 

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The formal unveiling of the Global Filipino mural

Mr. Emmanuel Garibay’s work shows a stunning combination of social realism and avant-garde figurative expression, seriousness, humor, sharp social critique, and humane character depiction. What is achieved through his carefully crafted work is effective storytelling of people in scenes of social, political, and religious complexity

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(L-R): Mme. Solveig Bregger, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, M3 CEO Mr. Abdallah Chatila, Mme. Guadalupe da Silva Nunes, Mme. Corrine Chazaut-Follmi

 

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(L_R): Mme. Guadalupe da Silva Nunes, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.), Dr. Tony Glaser , H.E. Amb. Tan Hung Seng, - , Mr. Abdallah Chatila, Mr. Patrick Amon, H.E. Amb. Rongvudhi Virabutr, H.E. Mr. Latsamy Keomany , H.E. Amb. Ei Ei Tin , H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J Teehankee

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 (L-R): Mr. Jet Olfato, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela and H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee

 

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(L-R): H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Mr. Emmanuel Garibay and H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee

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(L-R): Mr. Raul Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.),Ms. Desiree Bautista

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(L-R): Mr. Emmanuel Garibay, Mr. Raul Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Mrs. Grace Jao Thack

 

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PH, TH thank AUS for facilitating cigarette trade dispute understanding

 

Philippine and Thai delegations to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) have expressed gratitude to the Australian government through Assistant Minister for Trade Don Farrell (middle) for the successful facilitation by Australian Ambassador to the WTO George Mina (first from right) of the Philippine-Thai negotiations on an agreement aimed to settle cigarette trade disputes between the two ASEAN countries.

Minister Farell is in Geneva as one of the three vice-chairs of MC12, where he advocated for a WTO pandemic response, agricultural reform, an agreement to limit subsidies that undermine fish stocks, and a mandate to reform the WTO.

Prior to the opening ceremony, Minister Farrell chaired a meeting of the Cairns Group Ministers, a coalition of 19 agricultural countries committed to agricultural reform in the WTO, where he met Philippine MC12 Head of Delegation Undersecretary Rodolfo Ceferino of the Department of Trade and Industry (second from right), Philippine Ambassador to the WTO Manuel AJ Teehankee (first from left), and Thai Ambassador to the WTO Pimchanok Pitfield (second from left).

Ambassadors Teehankee and Pitfield concluded the negotiation last June 7 at the WTO in the presence of Ambassador Mina and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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Officers and staff of the Philippine Mission to the WTO in Geneva sing the National Anthem in commemoration of the 122th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence (12 June 2020)

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H.E. Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, delivering the Independence Day message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

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