Philippine Ambassador to Spain H. E. Carlos C. Salinas swore in Messieurs Pablo Martin Peré and David Garcia Pena as the new Philippine Honorary Consuls for Palma de Mallorca and Vigo, respectively.
The Ambassador encouraged the new Honorary Consuls to uphold their oath to promote the interests of the Philippines and safeguard the rights and welfare of Filipino nationals in their areas of jurisdiction.
Mr. Pablo Martin Peré, a former legislator and a lawyer, will cover the Balearic Islands, replacing Mr. Juan Torrente Blanch, who has retired after 18 years of dedicated service as Honorary Consul General for the Balearic Islands.
The provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra will comprise the jurisdiction of Mr. David Garcia Pena, who is a highly regarded Spanish businessman.
The appointment of Messrs. Martin and Garcia highlights the Embassy´s commitment to further broaden its reach and vigorously promote Philippines trade and tourism; strengthen our cultural, political and economic cooperation with Spain; and advance the interest of overseas Filipinos in Spain.
With these new appointments, Madrid PE now has a total of nice (9) Philippine Honorary Consular Officers serving in Andorra, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Valencia and Vigo.
The formal public opening of the Philippine Consulates in Palma de Mallorca and Vigo will be announced later.