Philippines, Mexico ink 2 agreements
The Philippine and Mexican governments signed two bilateral agreements during Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s working visit to Mexico recently.
The two agreements, signed by Del Rosario and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa on February 16, include the establishment of a Joint Bilateral Consultation Meeting and providing for an exchange of information, training modules and scholars for diplomatic training.
Del Rosario noted that in the past 60 years of Philippine-Mexico relations, 21 bilateral agreements had been signed mainly on education and culture. He underscored the need to focus on bilateral trade and investments.
During his visit, the foreign secretary also met with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala to discuss Mexico’s social welfare programs, such as the Seguro Popular, Mexico’s public health insurance system, and Oportunidades, which is similar to the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer program.
The Philippines has been studying these programs to learn Mexico’s “best practices” in addressing the needs of the poor.
Zavala is president of Mexico’s Integrated Family Development Program, which provides welfare services to the country’s poor.
Zavala visited the Philippines in November last year and met with government officials led by President Aquino. Tina G. Santos
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94