Last Friday marked 35 years of bilateral diplomatic relations between the governments of Philippines and Vanuatu.
The Vanuatu Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Ati, and the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Internal Affairs, Ishmael Kalsakau, sent congratulatory messages to all the people from the two countries, to mark the event.
Minister Ati conveyed willingness to strengthen the two countries' relations and continue collaboration in multilateral forums on points of mutual interests such as health, agriculture, trade and capacity building.
The Philippine Consul General to Vanuatu, Bong Serrano, congratulated the two countries for their collaboration since 1986.
He said both countries have supported each over the past years through the relations in areas such as trade and education. Over 200 students have been sent to Philippines to complete scholarship studies.
Vanuatu exported beef and copra to Philippines in exchange for Philippine products. Vanuatu export to Philippine last year is worth around over VT40 million.
Apart from trade and education, Vanuatu has also benefited from shared technical expertise on food processing and coconut industry.
A scientist from Philippines is working with the Department of Biosecurity to provide advice on the management of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB).
Philippine Consul General Bong said Philippines values its relationship with Vanuatu and is willing to deepen it.
There are around 250 Filipinos residing in Vanuatu.