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Ambassador Leslie J. Baja and Roche CEO Dr. Severin Schwan (2nd and 3rd from left respectively)
with First Secretary and Consul Ms. Lillibeth V. Pono and
Dr. Paul Nakagaki, Roche Head of innovation models 

The logo of the 150th Anniversary of Philippine-Swiss relations

More milestones in PH-Swiss relations:
Roche celebrates 50 years in PH 

Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie Baja met with Roche CEO Dr Severin Schwan at the Roche headquarters in Basel on 25 April.  Ambassador Baja congratulated Roche for its 50 years of presence in the country and expressed appreciation for its continuing partnership with the Philippines in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, assistance in natural disasters and in making healthcare and medicines accessible to the greater public.

Roche Philippines is in both the pharmaceutical and diagnostic businesses, including oncology and diabetes care.  It has bagged a significant share in the PH pharmaceutical market and has consistently been rated as one of the top multinational pharmaceutical groups in the country.

The company’s CSR programs include partnership with the San Lazaro Hospital HIV/Aids Center, working with MyShelter Foundation in providing a sustainable lighting project to underprivileged communities, and the Roche Oncology Access Program and Hepatitis Tiered Pricing Program that implements socialized pricing for diagnosis and treatment of cancer and hepatitis patients.

Ambassador Baja invited Roche to further expand its operations in the country including in the IT-BPO sector.  Dr Schwan replied that he would look into it and find opportunities for Roche.

2012 is an important year in Philippine-Swiss relations as the two countries commemorate the 150th year when Switzerland established its first consulate in Asia in Manila on 18 November 1862.  Earlier, Ambassador Baja met with officials of Caritas Switzerland which is celebrating 40 years of presence in the Philippines this year.  Last year, Nestle Philippines celebrated 100 years in the country.

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