Beng, House officials meet Spanish envoy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:50

Deputy House Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco and other officials of the House of Representatives recently met with Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq and discussed possible expansion of bilateral relations between Spain and the Philippines.

Topping the list of discussion were peace and order, charter change, health care, trade and the re-inclusion of Spanish Language teaching in Philippine Schools.
Cong. Climaco mentioned Zamboanga City’s sisterhood agreement with Zaragozza, Spain which was formalized on June 30, 2008 in Spain reviving a 300 year old relationship between the Philippines and Spain. The twinning agreement has brought in a number of outputs, one of which is the collaborative activities between the Western Mindanao State University and the Instituto Cervantes for the teaching of Spanish language at the university through the College of Liberal Arts, now the College of Communications and Humanities.

The joint WMSU-Instituto Cervantes program was facilitated by Climaco and is focused on academic, culture and other exchanges mutuality beneficial to both institutions.

Ambassador Domecq paid a courtesy call on the House of Representatives Monday, August 1 at the Office of the House Speaker. Present to receive the envoy were Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and Rep. Climaco, Rep. Victor Ortega and Rep. Marguerite del Mar. 

Accompanying the ambassador was Ms. Maria Molina, deputy head of Mission of the Spanish Embassy.
Climaco described the meeting as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between Spain and the Philippines specifically Zamboanga City. — Marvin Segura