DFA chief vows to continue upholding PH sovereignty, territorial integrity in 2023
MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo on Sunday, Christmas Day pledged to continue upholding the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the next year.
Manalo said this in his Christmas message, adding that he will likewise pursue contributing to economic progress, safeguarding overseas Filipinos, and bolstering the country’s standing in the global community.
“In the coming year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to work with its partners and stakeholders in upholding the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, contributing to economic progress, protecting kababayans abroad, and enhancing the standing of the Philippines in the global community of nations,” he said.
Manalo also said that the agency “reaffirms its commitment to actively maintain its engagement with the international community and advance Philippine interests abroad to ensure a stable and safe political, economic, and social environment for all Filipinos.”
He also vowed to give “steadfast” support to Filipinos abroad and their families with the “timely and efficient” delivery of services.
Manalo, on behalf of the DFA, wished for happiness, peace, and good health for Filipinos across the globe during the holiday season.
He likewise extended gratitude to his colleagues in the Philippine Foreign Service “who continue to serve the nation with unparalleled patriotism, excellence, and integrity in the face of changes and unprecedented challenges.
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