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Philippine Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro welcomes the participants to the Seminar. 

Ms. Ursula Heitz provides an overview of the programs and services
of the Bureau of Integration.

Philippine Embassy in Berne Conducts Seminar
on Gender and Development

17 April 2010

The Philippine Embassy in Berne conducted a Seminar on Gender and Development on
17 April 2010 to promote the Filipino community’s development and integration in Switzerland while maintaining Filipino cultural identity.  The Seminar is the third in a series of workshops/seminars in connection with the Embassy’s continuing projects on Gender and Development Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  The participants are leaders of their respective organizations from the different cantons of Switzerland namely: Berne, Fribourg, Basel, Lucerne, and Zurich. 

The Filipino-Swiss nationals listened to the presentation of Ms. Ursula Heitz, a Swiss official from the Bureau of Integration of the City of Berne.  She presented the various social services of the city including offering courses and learning the German language. 

Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunities offered to them by the Swiss government by taking a pro-active role in disseminating the information from the Swiss authorities to the members of their communities.
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