According to Philippines, Israel ink environmental protection deal | Global News (inquirer.net), an agreement between the Philippines and Israel will strengthen their efforts to solve environmental issues.
The agreement was signed at a bilateral meeting that took place on Monday in Manila between Israeli Foreign Minister Eliyahu Cohen and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.
Manalo said in his opening statement that this agreement will give Israel and the Philippines the chance to exchange best practices in addressing shared environmental challenges, ecosystem preservation, disaster risk management, and promotion and dissemination of environmental technologies.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the agreement strengthens the two countries' joint efforts to avoid water pollution, maintain biodiversity, adapt to climate change, correctly manage wastes, and get ready for environmental emergency responses.
The agreement also enables both nations to coordinate educational opportunities and locate worldwide financial sources for their cooperative efforts focused at environmental conservation.
Manalo stated that in addition to advancing environmental issues, the Philippines and Israel would also look into new prospects for collaboration in a variety of areas, including science and technology, trade and investment, energy, and counterterrorism.
We may explore the whole gamut of bilateral cooperation between Israel and the Philippines in this conversation. Manalo added that we must decide on the course of our collaboration and look for methods to develop and bolster our ties.
Israel and the Philippines have important and strategic connections, according to Cohen. He also wants to see more collaboration between Israel and the Philippines in the fields of business, tourism, and cybersecurity. For a two-day official visit, Cohen and an Israeli business group landed in Manila on Sunday.
Cohen is scheduled to visit President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. after his private meeting with Manalo.
The visit of their senior diplomat is intended to reassure the Philippines that Israel is still their friend and ally, according to the Israeli Embassy in Manila.
Ilan Fluss, the Israeli ambassador, stated in a statement that they anticipate the relationship blossoming even more in the years to come.
The former president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made history in September 2018 when he visited the Middle Eastern nation. Cohen's visit, he said, sends a powerful political and economic statement as Israel seeks to reciprocate.
Since the two countries' diplomatic ties were originally established in 1957, Duterte was the first Philippine president to travel to Israel.
Fluss asserted that Duterte's formal visit had prepared the way for Israel to establish defense and economic attachés in Manila, provide employment possibilities for Filipinos living abroad, and strengthen defense ties with the Southeast Asian country.