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Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro (center),  with Consul Lillibeth Pono (2nd from left),
with Swiss APM Technica officials and two Filipino trainees

Philippine Embassy in Berne
 Visits Filipino Trainees at APM Technica

9 July 2010-Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland, Maria Theresa P. Lazaro, recently visited APM Technica, a Swiss engineering company based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

The APM Technica AG is a Swiss medium enterprise providing high tech adhesive and surface technology based in Switzerland, with a factory at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in Cabuyao, Laguna. In the past several years, the company has been training Filipinos at their company in Switzerland under the RP- Swiss Agreement of 2002 on the Exchange of Professional and Technical Trainees. Under the Agreement, the trainees complete around 12 to 18 months of training in Switzerland and return to the Philippines to work in the company’s Laguna factory. 

Ambassador Lazaro and Consul Lillibeth Pono met with APM Technica’s Chairman, Mr. Arthur Philipp and its CEO Mr. Stefan Mattle, to discuss among others, the effectiveness of the mutually beneficial RP-Swiss Exchange of Trainees Agreement.  The discussions noted the need to maximize the benefits of the Agreement, since the quota of 50 trainees to be deployed annually by each country has not been reached. 

The Embassy also talked with the company’s Filipino trainees, and confirmed the general observation that Filipino trainees in Switzerland are satisfied with their working and living conditions, in addition to the invaluable technological and engineering know-how received from the training.  

The visit  is part of the Embassy’s economic diplomacy particularly the  observance of the implementation of the provisions of the RP-Swiss Agreement of 2002 on the  Exchange of Professional and Technical Trainees.
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