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03/11/2010: RP Local Government Officials participate in American Council of Young Political Leaders Program; Meet with Philippine Embassy officers

RP Local Government Officials participate in American Council of Young Political Leaders Program; Meet with Philippine Embassy officers

November 3, 2010, Washington, DC – Officers of the Embassy of the Philippines held a briefing on the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States for Filipino delegates in the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program. In the photo are:

Bottom row (L to R):  Councilor Maria Lina Baura (Tagum City, Davao del Norte); Mayor Karen Villanueva (Bais City, Negros Oriental); Minister for Political Affairs Maria Andrelita Austria; Councilor Cheryl Sembrano (Villasis, Pangasinan).

Second row (L to R): Third Secretary Ma. Corina Apostol; Board Member Abeleon Damalerio, (Bohol); First Secretary Emil Fernandez.

Third row (L to R): Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste (Batangas); Minister for Legislative Affairs Ariel Peñaranda; Councilor Joseph Juico (Quezon City).

Top row (L to R): Board Member Aristotle Gaza (Bataan); Councilor Kirk Asis (Bayugan City , Agusan del Sur); Vice Mayor Conrad Cejoco (Bislig City, Surigao del Sur).

November 3, 2010, Washington, DC – Nine (9) local government officials from the Philippines travelled to the United States to participate in the exchange program organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). The ACYPL exchange program, supported by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, exposes young political leaders to the policy and decision making process and political and electoral dynamics in different countries with the end in view of strengthening leadership and public diplomacy skills and fostering mutual understanding.

The delegates from the Philippines will meet with government, corporate and community leaders in Washington, DC, Kansas and Washington from October 30 to November 9.

The officials met with officers of the Embassy of the Philippines on November 3 and discussed key issues in the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States covering political and security, economic and trade, and the Filipino-American community.

The group of young political leaders was composed of Councilor Kirk Asis (Bayugan City , Agusan del Sur); Councilor Maria Lina Baura (Tagum City, Davao del Norte); Vice Mayor Conrad Cejoco (Bislig City, Surigao del Sur); Board Member Abeleon Damalerio, (Bohol); Board Member Aristotle Gaza (Bataan); Councilor Joseph Juico (Quezon City); Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste (Batangas); Councilor Cheryl Sembrano (Villasis, Pangasinan); and, Mayor Karen Villanueva (Bais City, Negros Oriental).

“Local government officials are directly in touch with the challenges faced by Filipinos. We value their experiences and insights as we advance greater partnership between the Philippines and the United States and make this partnership more meaningful to our kababayan back home,” Minister for Political Affairs Maria Andrelita Austria emphasized.

The ACYPL delegates expressed keen interest on issues that will further shape  the Philippines’ relations with the United States, such as the pending Save Our Industries (SAVE) Act, which aims to revitalize the fabric and garments trade between the Philippines and the United States, as well as the results of the recent mid-term elections in the United States. -- END