Ambassador Leslie J. Baja with keynote speaker Swiss Vice President Ueli Maurer.
Ambassador Baja with (far right) Susan Mansor, Philippine Foundation for Professional
Training Inc (FPTI) and Eleanor Bergauer, Filipino nurse working in Switzerland.
Swiss Foundation to help establish PH center
for women entrepreneurs
The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign
Affairs that on 13 March, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
the Limmat Foundation, the Swiss Foundation announced that it will help
establish a training center for women entrepreneurs in the
Philippines. Limmat Foundation is a non-profit foundation active
in Switzerland and abroad supporting educational, development and
social projects for the improvement of living conditions
Limmat has partnered with the Philippine Foundation for Professional
Training Inc (FPTI) which was established in 1982 and provides
vocational training for women in the culinary arts. During the
anniversary event, Ms Susana Manzon represented the FPTI. Through
the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Limmat
Foundation, FPTI received CHF800,000 to fund its five schools and train
about 10,700 students in the last 20 years.
Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie J. Baja attended the event
and thanked the organizers for this continuing partnership with the
Philippines which is providing empowerment to Filipino women workers
and now to entrepreneurs. The 40th anniversary event was keynoted
by Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer who currently is Switzerland’s