Embassy of the Philippines, Warsaw

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Embassy of the Philippines, Warsaw
Pasuguan ng Pilipinas sa Warsaw

Pasuguan ng Pilipinas seal.svg

Coordinates 52°10′22.65″N 21°4′35.47″E / 52.1729583°N 21.0765194°E / 52.1729583; 21.0765194
Location Warsaw
Address ul. Stanisława Lentza 11
Ambassador Patricia Ann V. Paez
Website http://warsawpe.dfa.gov.ph

The Embassy of the Philippines in Warsaw is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the Republic of Poland. It is located on ul. Stanisława Lentza 11 in Wilanów, near the Wilanów Palace. Although the current embassy dates from 2009, the Philippines also maintained a previous resident embassy in Poland in the early 1990s.

History[edit]

The Philippines did not initially open a resident embassy in Poland when diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Poland were established on September 22, 1973.[1] Diplomatic relations between the two countries were originally conducted via the Philippine Embassy in the Hague, which maintained jurisdiction over Poland until 1982, when jurisdiction was transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Berlin.[2] In 1991, with the democratization of Poland, jurisdiction was transferred to the Philippines' newly opened resident embassy in Warsaw.[2]

Financial difficulties forced the closure of the Philippine Embassy in 1993, with jurisdiction transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Budapest.[3] In 2002 columnist Amando Doronila in the Philippine Daily Inquirer questioned the wisdom of closing the embassy at a time when the Philippine foreign service was being downsized despite the subsequent rise of Polish influence in Europe since then, as well as its eventual accession to the European Union in 2004.[4] While there was no resident embassy in Poland, the Philippines conducted diplomatic relations in the country through an honorary consulate based in Warsaw.[5] A second honorary consulate was opened in Wrocław in 2005, with jurisdiction over Poland's southern voivodeships.[6]

On September 6, 2009, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw was opened at its current location,[3][5] around the same time new resident embassies in Ireland, Finland and Portugal were also opened.[7] Alejandro del Rosario, who at the time was completing his deployment as Philippine Ambassador to Hungary, was appointed as the mission's first ambassador, ostensibly out of the need to open the post as soon as possible,[5] and the honorary consulate in Warsaw was moved to Poznań. The opening of the mission was not without controversy: in 2010, Senator Franklin Drilon questioned the need for embassies in countries with small Filipino communities, including Poland, and called for a review of the Philippines' diplomatic presence worldwide.[8] This led to the closure of ten posts in 2012, including the closure of the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm on October 31, 2012,[9] which had jurisdiction over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.[10] Jurisdiction over the three countries was transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw.

Staff[edit]

As of 2013 the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw is headed by Ambassador Patricia Ann V. Paez, who was appointed to the position by President Benigno Aquino III on May 4, 2012.[11] The Warsaw mission is one of the Philippines' smaller diplomatic missions, with a total of eight staff members.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PH EMBASSY HOSTS CELEBRATION OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINES-POLAND DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS" (Press release). Embassy of the Philippines, Warsaw. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Szczepanik, Krzysztof; Herman-Łukasik, Anna; Janicka, Barbara (2010). Stosunki dyplomatyczne Polski. Informator. Tom III Azja, Zakaukazie, Australia i Oceania 1918-2009 (in Polish). Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Askon. ISBN 978-83-7452-042-3. 
  3. ^ a b "History and Establishment of the Post". The Official Website of the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Department of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Doronila, Amando (October 30, 2002). "Poland in EU, and ASEAN horizons". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Del Rosario, Alejandro (October 27, 2010). "Close some embassies". Manila Standard Today (Kamahalan Publishing Corporation). A4–5. 
  6. ^ "Honorary consul in Poland named". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). October 23, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Balana, Cynthia (July 15, 2009). "Philippines opens embassy in Dublin". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ager, Maila (October 20, 2010). "Review sought over number of RP embassies". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Del Callar, Michaela (September 4, 2012). "DFA shuts down five overseas posts, with five more to close this year". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Philippine Embassy in Stockholm". The Official Website of the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Department of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bordadora, Norman (May 5, 2012). "Patricia Ann Paez named new PH envoy to Poland". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "List of Embassy Officers and Staff". The Official Website of the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Department of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 

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