Philippines

Joined UNESCO: 21/11/1946

Head of State and/or Government

President of the Republic: Mr Rodrigo R. Duterte

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Ms Maria Theresa P. Lazaro
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate (24/04/2014)


Permanent Delegation of the Republic of the Philippines to UNESCO
Permanent Delegation of the Republic of the Philippines to UNESCO Maison de l’UNESCO B6.21, B6.21 bis 1, rue Miollis 75732 PARIS Cedex 15
Telephone
01.45.68.30.12
01.45.68.29.80
Fax
01.45.67.07.97
E-mail
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National Commission for UNESCO

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines: Hon. ALAN PETER CAYETANO

Secretary-General of the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO: LILA RAMOS SHAHANI

UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines
G/F Department of Foreign Affairs Bldg. 2330 Roxas Boulevard Pasay City Philippines
Telephone
(63-2) 834 3447; (63-2) 834 4818; (63-2) 834 4844
Fax
(63-2) 831 8873
E-mail
secretariat(a)unesco.gov.ph
Web site
http://www.unesco.gov.ph

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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMs Gerónima T. Pecson1950-195422-39
MemberMs Gerónima T. Pecson1958-196253-63
MemberMs Estafania Aldaba-Lim1974-197896-104
MemberMr Emilio Aguilar Cruz1978104-105
MemberMs Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil1983-1986118-124
MemberMs Preciosa Soliven1986-1987124-127
Member/RepresentativeMs Lourdes R. Quisumbing1991-1995138-147
Representative1999-2003158-167
Representative2007-2011178-187
Representative2017-2021203-212

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference


Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2021)
Intergovernmental Council of the "Management of Social Transformations" Programme
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Headquarters Committee
Vice-Chairperson
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs


Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Member
Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Member (Term expires : 2020)

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

S. E. Mme Loren Legarda, Sénatrice et Chef de la délégation des Philippines

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Edgardo J. ANGARA, Senator

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Dr Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

(Translation from Spanish)
“In this grave economic environment, UNESCO must now, more than ever before in its 60 years of existence, fulfil its mandate of building peace and security (…). We are pleased to announce that we signed today the first Philippines-UNESCO Country Programming Document, which will serve as the overall framework for defining programmes to be supported by UNESCO.”
(The speaker continues in English)
“Together with UNESCO we have also finalized our education support system. Achieving quality education for all by 2015 continues to be our goal. Integral to our response is our proposal for the establishment of the Southeast Asia Centre for Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development, the first Category II Centre on Education in Southeast Asia (…).”
“Typhoon Ketsana and recent weather disasters in Asia, that is in Indonesia, in India, in Vietnam and elsewhere, underscore the urgent need for concerted global action on climate change. (…) We believe UNESCO, with its programs on disaster preparedness, mitigation, adaptation, capacity building and sustainable development, is uniquely positioned to lead the way in our global effort to manage it. UNESCO must rise to the challenge and show leadership in this regard.”
“Next year, we celebrate the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, which aims to promote inter-faith dialogue, with UNESCO as lead agency. The Philippines, which has actively called for greater inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, fully supports the initiative. For this reason, the Philippines will host the first Special Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development in Manila on 1 to 3 December.”
“Let me close by expressing our profound thanks and congratulations to His Excellency Koïchiro Matsuura (…).”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Dr Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

“We welcome Montenegro and the return of Singapore, our partner in ASEAN. This brings all 10 members of ASEAN into UNESCO.”
The Philippines notes that the Medium-Term Strategy embodies the interdisciplinary approach that is UNESCO’s unique strength. Combined with its global membership, this Strategy will make the Organization even more responsive to the needs of humanity.
Reducing poverty’s level is the most important part of the Government’s efforts to transform the Philippines into a modernized nation. A noticeable progress was made in this area as extreme poverty was cut down from 20% in 1990 to 10% in 2006. However, the Philippines has to continue its efforts together with UNESCO to achieve the noble goals of the Organisation.
The Philippines is especially focused on peace building, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information.
The Philippines has already proposed to create a Centre for Lifelong Learning for Education for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia. Following the spirit of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, this centre will help exchange knowledge and best practices between developing countries.
The Philippines is also very interested in promoting South-South and North-South-South triangular cooperation. UNESCO should be a catalyst and a capacity-builder in international cooperation towards science and technology development. However, the bioethical and humanist perspective must be fully incorporated in its projects.
UNESCO has to assist countries in finding global solutions to climate change. The rising of sea level and the natural disasters particularly concern small islands, like the Philippines. The country wants to strengthen international cooperation in disaster prevention, mitigation and management.
“As one of the world’s richest biodiversity zones, the Philippines is prepared to share its experience in improving the sustainable development and management of natural resources, including access to fresh water.”
The Philippines promotes abolition of the death penalty and interfaith dialogue. The country has been quite successful in the Muslim-Christian dialogue for peace and development, a dialogue that enjoys international support, including from the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
As the external debts of highly indebted countries, as well as of middle-income countries like the Philippines, the Philippines welcomes UNESCO’s work to promote debt-swaps in favour of education and social development.

Celebration of anniversaries

  • 400th anniversary of the University of Santo Tomás (1611) (2011)

  • The University of Santo Tomás covers the fields of expertise of UNESCO in education, science, culture, social and human sciences, communication and cross-cutting disciplines. The 400th anniversary celebration of the University of Santo Tomás will have an international impact as many of the university’s graduates have contributed globally to advance the ideals valued by UNESCO. UNESCO will be involved in these celebrations through the UNESCO Chairs for Cultural Heritage and through its support and advocacy for the University.
    Former Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Matsuura, has a Doctor of Law honoris causa from the University.

  • 100th anniversary of the creation of the University of the Philippines (1908) (2008)

  • The University of the Philippines covers various faculties and disciplines which dovetail with UNESCO's mandate for the promotion of education as well as its other areas of competence, such as culture, science and communication, and contributes to the building of knowledge societies which safeguards UNESCO's objectives. Various educational activities have been planned to reinforce UNESCO's goal of providing quality education within the region and internationally.

  • Centenary of the independence of the Philippines (1998).



  • Centenary of the death of the Philippine humanist and national hero Dr José Rizal (1996).

    A national hero of the Philippines, humanist and poet, Jose Rizal worked for reform
    through his writings and political activity and his name became the rallying cry
    during the Philippines’ struggle for independence.
    A unique personality, he tried to transform traditionalist resistance to change in
    order to introduce a more modern conception of life in his country; a contemporary
    of Mahatma Gandhi and Sun Yat-sen, he is considered to be one of the most
    illustrious sons of the modern Philippines and one of the great men of culture of
    South-East Asia.


    100th anniversary of the birth of Jose' Rizal (Cuba and Philippines) (1961)

    A national hero of the Philippines, humanist and poet, Jose Rizal worked for reform
    through his writings and political activity and his name became the rallying cry
    during the Philippines’ struggle for independence.
    A unique personality, he tried to transform traditionalist resistance to change in
    order to introduce a more modern conception of life in his country; a contemporary
    of Mahatma Gandhi and Sun Yat-sen, he is considered to be one of the most
    illustrious sons of the modern Philippines and one of the great men of culture of
    South-East Asia.
    Reference document: 57 EX/21