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30 December 2021 – The Philippine Embassy in Beirut joined the Filipino people in commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal through a special flag-raising ceremony and reading of Rizal’s great literary works. The event was held at the Chancery’s Sentro Rizal and attended by all Embassy personnel.

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Philippine Embassy, POLO, and OWWA personnel in Beirut, Lebanon 

In his remarks, Ambassador Raymond R. Balatbat emphasized that Rizal was a visionary and among the first champions of women’s empowerment evident in his letters to the women of Malolos.

Ambassador Balatbat also highlighted that this year’s celebration of Rizal Day was momentous as it saw the historic signing of the Republic Act 11641 or the creation of the Department of Migrant Workers.

During the program, the Ambassador unveiled the commemorative plaque for the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the Philippines and Lebanon. A similar plaque will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Lebanese Republic.

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Ambassador Raymond R. Balatbat unveils the plaque commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the Philippines and Lebanon in 2021.

The Assistance to Nationals Section of the Embassy was recognized for its successful implementation of the Free Voluntary Mass Repatriation Program (December 2019-December 2020), while several DFA employees celebrated milestones in their career and received loyalty awards as a recognition of their untiring service to the country, namely, Mr. Rafael S. Palencia, Ms. Angelita F. Sucgang, Ms. Maria Teresa P. Polistico, Ms. Carmelita C. Duarte, and Mr. Melchor S. Remoral. The awardees received cash incentives, loyalty pins, and a citation signed by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. A Filipino-themed breakfast was served after the ceremony. END

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Philippine Embassy - Beirut Personnel

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DFA Loyalty Awardees