15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Philippine Independence Day reception in Tel Aviv E-mail

Israel’s Minister for Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz was the guest of honour at a diplomatic reception marking the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv last month.

During the event, Minister Katz confirmed that the Israeli government is offering assistance to those displaced by the recent conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has already allocated a special budget for humanitarian aid.

Addressing about 250 guests from the Israeli government, the diplomatic corps, the business community and leaders of the Filipino community, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial highlighted the close ties and enduring friendship between Israelis and Filipinos.

Ambassador Imperial mentioned that this year is also the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Philippine and Israel. He added that bilateral relations between the two countries have never been as strong and multi-faceted as they are today. Intelligence-sharing and defense co-operation have become more robust. Two-way tourism continues to rise, and last year Israel became the Philippines’ fastest-growing tourism market. Agricultural cooperation remains an important aspect of the relations, and the Ambassador expressed appreciation for the Granot Agrostudies Program under MASHAV, through which Filipino students learn about innovation and technologies from Israel.

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