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(Left photo) Ambassador Leslie J. Baja with Philippine Nurses Association President Ms. Anita Tanner
(Right photo) Ambassador Baja with other Filipino nurses based in Switzerland

Philippine Nurses Association Switzerland celebrates
20th anniversary through civic projects in the Philippines

The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported that the Philippine Nurses Association Switzerland celebrated its 20th anniversary in Zürich on 24 September through a fund raising event that will build classrooms for Bolol Tupi in Cotabato City and a day care center in Pandan, Antique.

Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie J. Baja attended the event which saw about 120 active and retired Filipino nurses in attendance. Ambassador Baja commended them for their philanthropic activities and noted that during the aftermath of typhoon Ondoy in 2009, PNA Switzerland was one of those Filipino organizations which actively solicited donations for the typhoon victims.

Filipino nurses in Switzerland first arrived in the early 1970s and were among the first migrants from the Philippines. Today, Filipino nurses are among the most respected medical professionals in Switzerland. The Embassy has thus embarked on a goal to bring to Switzerland more Filipino healthcare and other workers under an existing Philippine-Swiss Agreement on the Exchange of Professional and Technical Trainees.
 
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