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Ambassador Leslie J. Baja meets with Dr. Claudio Valsangiacomo at the Philippine Embassy in Berne.

Ambassador Baja with Ms. Monica Baumann, head of the Swiss NGO Theresa Lädeli.

Ambassador Baja meets with Swiss Aid leader
in Cagayan de Oro
and Swiss NGO Theresa Lädeli

The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Ambassador Leslie Baja met with Dr. Claudio Valsangiacomo, head of the team of water sanitation experts that assisted in the rehabilitation of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in the afternoon of Tropical storm Sendong. 

Ambassador Baja conveyed the appreciation of the Philippine government for the invaluable assistance made by the Swiss team in rehabilitating the water systems in the two cities and in ensuring safe drinking water for the disaster victims.  For his part, Dr Valsangiacomo expressed the view that the strong coordination made in the ground by local authorities made relief and rehabilitation assistance faster.  He noted the resiliency of the residents in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the face of the disasters they faced.

Earlier in the month, Ambassador Baja also met with Monica Baumann, the head of the Swiss NGO Theresa Lädeli which is supporting health and socio-economic programs in Davao and Bukidnon.  In 2000, Theresa Lädeli was given the Banaag Award by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas for its work in the Philippines.  In 2011, Theresa Lädeli donated over Swiss Francs 111,000 to its projects in the Philippines.

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