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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

21 November 2022 10:00:49 PM

THE House of Representatives on Monday adopted a resolution that would
effectively boost the cooperation between the Philippines and Vietnam
through the establishment of the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’
Friendship Society.

The resolution effectively solidified the existing exchange of visits
program by both countries’ respective parliamentarians and further
strengthened the ties between the two nations by designating the
officials and members of the parliamentarian society.

“ … To further strengthen the long-standing friendship, the
Philippines and Vietnam have pledged to continue the exchange of
visits by their respective parliamentarians,” House Resolution (HR) No. 571 said.

“ … It is the mutual desire of the Philippines and Vietnam to deepen
and broaden their joint efforts towards the attainment of regional
peace and prosperity, foster mutual understanding and cooperation and
further strengthen the ties of friendship and solidarity between them
through the friendship society,” it further said.

HR No. 571 was introduced by Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, Majority Leader
Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan,
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos, and
Tingog Party-list Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A. Acidre.

It was on July 12, 1976 when the diplomatic relations between the
Philippines and Vietnam were established through the efforts of then
Philippine Foreign Minister Carlos P. Romulo and then Vietnamese Vice
Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Phan Hien to sign a joint communique.

Subsequently, the House of Representatives on March 18, 1993
unanimously adopted HR No. 30, entitled “Resolution Organizing the
Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society,” to
strengthen and widen the scope of relations between the parliaments of
the Philippines and Vietnam.

“ … Among the ten (10) member countries of the ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the Philippines and Vietnam have
developed a special relation through the years anchored on shared
goals, common visions, and mutual interests for the benefit of their
peoples and towards a genuinely peaceful and productive path in
regional cooperation,” the resolution said.

“ … As a member of the ASEAN, the Philippines accords great importance
to its continuing friendship with the member countries, especially
with Vietnam, and views the friendship and historical ties of
solidarity and cooperation among the Southeast Asian countries as
essential elements to attain peace and prosperity in the region.”

Since the establishment of the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’
Friendship Society, the two nations have deepened their diplomatic
relations and understanding to promote a mutually beneficial
relationship in different areas of concerns.

The resolution was passed by the House of Representatives and part of
the measure designates the officers and members of this organization.

For the chairperson, it shall be the chair of the Committee on
Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy; and as vice-chairperson,
the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

For its members, the following were designated under the resolution:
Deputy Speakers and the chairs of the Committees on Economic Affairs,
on Trade and Industry, on Agriculture, on National Defense, and on the
West Philippine Sea, along with the vice-chair of the Committee on
Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy and other members as may
be designated by the Speaker.(END)