Australian Foreign Minister pledges support for Philippines’ post-Yolanda reconstruction efforts

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario met with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop on December 8, who pledged the Australian Government’s long-term commitment to the Philippines’ rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts following the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The Foreign Minister had earlier visited Leyte to personally survey the scale of the destruction as well as the ongoing post-disaster response on the ground.

PH-Italy sign amendments in Double Taxation Agreement

The Government of the Philippines, through the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, negotiated and concluded today the Protocol Amending the Convention between the Philippines and the Italian Republic for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes in Income and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion originally signed on December 5, 1980.

Statement: The DFA Spokesperson on the President’s participation in the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit

While the President and his delegation will arrive in Tokyo on December 12 for a number of bilateral [Philippine-Japan] events and meetings, activities related to the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit are actually scheduled on December 13 and 14. The ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit will be the culminating event to a full year of activities commemorating 40 years of ASEAN-Japan relations.