Vice President Jejomar Binay is joined at Mass by (from left) Consul General Jesus S. Domingo of the
Philippine Mission to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Leslie J. Baja,
Chargé d’affaires a.i. Jose Victor V. Chan-Gonzaga of Philippine
Mission to WTO Geneva, and Mr. J. Rizal C. Pangilinan, Secretary
General, Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
Filipino community dialogues with Vice President Jejomar Binay
VP Binay warmly received
by Filipinos in Switzerland
11 March 2012- The
Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign
Affairs that more than 200 Filipinos from all over Switzerland crammed
the St Martin’s Church in Thun on Sunday, 11 March to the attend the
Filipino mass together with Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.
The Vice President was in Switzerland to attend the World Scout Meeting
and, like in all his foreign trips, took time out to meet the overseas
Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie J. Baja led officials of
the Philippine Embassy in Berne, the Philippine Missions to the UN and
WTO in Geneva in welcoming Vice President Binay. He thanked the
Vice President for his keen interest in the welfare of overseas
Filipinos and assured him that the Embassy will always be proactive in
promoting the Philippine government’s program for OFWs.
After a lunch offered by the Filipino community in the Vice President’s
honor, a dialogue was conducted by the Vice President which was warmly
welcomed by the Filipinos present. Vice President Binay
highlighted the government’s programs in promoting and protecting the
welfare of OFWs, the issues and problems faced by them like human
trafficking, illegal recruitment and drug trafficking.
VP Binay also encouraged people to enroll in the Pagibig Fund program
for them to be able to avail themselves of the benefits of the
program. He likewise called on the Filipinos in Switzerland to
link up with the Philippine Embassy in Berne and the Consular Section
of the Philippine Mission to the UN in Geneva regarding their concerns.
There are approximately 11,000 Filipinos in Switzerland and are among
the most respected foreign nationals in that country. Since 2010,
when the ban on au pairs to Switzerland was lifted, many Filipino
nurses have applied as au pairs in Switzerland. The Embassy is
also promoting the employment of professional and technical trainees in
Swiss companies in Switzerland and vice versa.
At the end of his visit, Vice President Binay expressed satisfaction
regarding the conditions of the Filipinos in Switzerland and urged them
to do their share in the Philippines’ socio-economic
development. For their part, the Filipinos promised the
Vice President of their support in his OFW programs and in nation