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Philippine Embassy Berne intensifies cooperation with Swiss religious and NGOs

Ambassador Leslie Baja met recently with Bishop Dr. Felix Gmür of Basel and Mmes. Yvonne Buschor, Head of Programs, and Helen Jeppesen, Philippine Desk Officer, of Swiss Catholic NGO Fastenopfer, as part of the Embassy’s efforts to deepen its cooperation with the Catholic community in Switzerland, particularly those who have active presence in the Philippines.

The catholic community in Switzerland has been actively working in the Philippines particularly with the vulnerable sectors of society. It has also been continuously providing assistance to victims of calamities in the Philippines. The Katholische Kirche Region Bern, for instance, donated CHF 10,000 to the victims of typhoon Sendong in December 2011.

Bishop Gmür was in the Philippines in late 2011 as part of the solidarity mission composed of various religious orders and people that visited Quezon and Aurora provinces to support the local communities who are in danger of being displaced by the establishment of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco). During his visit, he arranged to engage the local priests and the media in educating the local populace about their human rights and on the impact of activities in free trade zones on their lives.


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