New Philippine representative assumes duties

The Philippines’ new representative to Taiwan arrived in the country Tuesday to take up his position, identifying his top priorities as strengthening bilateral exchanges in agriculture, investment and tourism.

“I’m very happy that I’ve been given the responsibility to represent the Philippines, my country, to the Republic of China, Taiwan, and be able to enhance our relationship with our closest neighbor in the north,” Angelito Banayo said, just before he left the Philippines for Taiwan earlier in the day.

Detailing his top priorities, Banayo said that enhancing agricultural cooperation and seeking more investment from Taiwan in the Philippines’ export processing zones are among the most important.

The Philippines will also seek to advance tourism exchanges with Taiwan, said Banayo, who doubles as chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which represents the Philippines’ interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The 70-year-old, a Chinese descendant, is a veteran in government service. His previous posts include the administrator of the National Food Authority, head of the Philippine Tourism Authority and postmaster general.

The previous Philippine top envoy to Taiwan, Antonio Basilio, will now serve as a senior advisor at the Philippines’ representative office in Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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