October 3rd is a national holiday in Germany and marks the day when the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) were reunited. It is one of the major turning points in German history.
Day of German Unity
60 years ago Germany and the Philippines established their diplomatic relations. Today we see common values and strong international ties between the two countries, as mentioned by Angela Merkel on the occasion of her meeting with the Philippine President Benigno Aquino.
During the visit to Germany by the President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, several bilateral agreements were signed at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (19 September). Among other things, the foundation for the establishment of a German-Philippine chamber of commerce was laid.
German-Philippine agreements signed
The German government has provided 2,8 million Euros (Php 160 million) for medical equipment and supplies of healthcare facilities affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013. More than 70 Hospitals and 170 Rural Health Units in region 4B and the Visayas will benefit from the project.
German development bank KfW will cofinance up to $2 billion over three years with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote development in the Asia and Pacific region, particularly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Viet Nam. The KfW cofinancing will focus on energy, urban infrastructure, climate change, small and medium enterprise financing, vocational training, and regional integration.
30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
The German Embassy in Manila, in cooperation with the Philippine Postal Corporation, and with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, launched the PHILIPPINES – GERMANY 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps.
The German government is supporting the establishment of a bank catering to small and medium-sized enterprises (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development or CARD SME Bank) in the Philippines. It is the objective of this initiative to strengthen small and medium enterprises and facilitate long term access to financial services for this sector.
The recruitment of qualified Philippine nurses is alleviating the nursing shortage in Germany and reducing unemployment in the nurses’ country of origin. The migrants’ remittances and the transfer of know-how contribute to development in the Philippines.