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29 June 2015 – Philippine Consul General to Honolulu Gina Jamoralin delivered a Powerpoint presentation on the “Philippines- US Bilateral Relations: An Enduring Alliance” during a luncheon meeting organized by the Rotary Club of Ala Moana on June 18 at the Ala Moana Hotel. This was made possible through the invitation of Mr. Roger Lerud, Program Chairman of the Ala Moana Rotary Club.

The presentation discussed  the history of the Philippines-United States alliance, their  economic, political, cultural and security dimensions; exchanges of high level visits between the two countries. Consul General Jamoralin   spoke about the highlights of the State Visit of President Barack Obama to the Philippines in April 2014 including the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) on the eve of the Obama visit.

She  also expounded  on why the relations are enduring and  strengthening   amidst challenges in the international security environment, noting that the Philippines is the United States’ oldest security treaty ally in Southeast Asia and one of the five US treaty allies  in  Pacific region apart from Japan, South Korea, Australia and Thailand. The US is also the only country with which the Philippines has a mutual defense treaty.

Consul General Jamoralin spoke about the United States’ significant contribution to humanitarian assistance and post-disaster rehabilitation when Super Typhoon Haiyan struck Leyte and other parts of the Visayas on November 2013.

She also took the opportunity to promote the 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General, Tourism Directors’ Tour (ACGTDT) to be held from July 5 to 10 in Manila and Cebu. Copies of the brochures on “Doing Business in the Philippines” from   by the Board of Investments (BOI) of the Philippines were also distributed to the Rotary Club members. END