Philippine Ambassador to Spain, H.E. Philippe J. Lhuillier has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Andorra, Hon. Maria Ubach, to discuss ways through which Philippine-Andorran relations could be further enhanced.
Among the areas they agreed to focus on were exchange programs between Andorran and Philippine colleges and universities, the opening up of employment opportunities for Filipino English teachers in Andorra, encouraging tourism and promoting trade and investment activities that would redound to greater economic engagement between Andorra and the Philippines.
A sovereign microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, Andorra is bordered by France in the north and Spain in the South. It is headed by two Co-Princes – the Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Spain and the President of France.
Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Andorra were established in February 2000. Around 422 Filipinos live and work in Andorra, mostly in the domestic services sector.
Earlier this year, Ambassador Lhuillier also visited Malaga in Spain, a tourist destination where around 3,000 Filipinos reside and work, to pay a courtesy call to Miguel Briones Artacho, representative of the Spanish national government in Malaga.
“The Spanish National Police regarded the Filipino community in Malaga as the ‘most integrated immigrant community’ and praised the Filipinos for their outstanding behavior and for being a widely respected part of the Malagueño community,” Artacho shared as he commended the Filipinos for their exemplary behavior.
Ambassador Lhuillier was invited by the University of Malaga (UM) Law Department and was presented with the Erasmus + K107 project. The collaboration project enables law students from UM, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo de Manila University to go on exchange programs between the two countries.
Lhuillier also discussed the establishment of a Philippine Studies program in the University of Malaga with Dr. Juan Antonio Garcia Galindo, UM Vice Rector for Institutional Policy.