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Establishment of Philippines-India Diplomatic Relations

The Philippines established diplomatic relations with India on 16 November 1949, shortly after both countries gained independence in 1946 and 1947, respectively.

Seven years after India's independence in 1947, the Philippines and India signed a Treaty of Friendship on 11 July 1952 in Manila to strengthen and perpetuate the friendly relations existing between the two countries. Soon after, the Philippine Legation in New Delhi was established and then elevated to an Embassy. The Philippines’ first ambassador to India was Narciso G. Ramos.

India’s significance as a post can be well gleaned from the fact that distinguished senior ambassadors such as Ambassador Narciso G. Ramos who would later on become Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1966 to 1968 and Ambassador Leon Ma. Guerrero, a well-known writer, have served in New Delhi.

Below is the list of Ambassadors who have served as Heads of Mission in New Delhi:

  1. H.E. Narciso G. Ramos - 1951-1956
  2. H.E. Melquiades Gamboa - 1956-1958
  3. H.E. Manuel A. Alzate - 1958-1961
  4. H.E. Mauro Calingo - 1962-1966
  5. H.E. Leon Ma. Guerrero - 1966-1972
  6. H.E. Romeo S. Busuego - 1972-1979
  7. H.E. Emilio D. Bejasa - 1983-1986
  8. H.E. Rosalina V. Tirona - 1986-1988
  9. H.E. Pablo A. Araque - 1988-1993
  10. H.E. Juanito Jarasa - 1994-1996
  11. H.E. Jose P. del Rosario, Jr. - 1997-2003
  12. H.E. Laura Q. del Rosario - 2003-2007
  13. H.E. Teresita V. Berner - 2007
  14. H.E. Francisco L. Benedicto - 2008-2010
  15. H.E. Ronald B. Allarey - April 2010-April 2012
  16. H.E. Benito B. Valeriano - September 2012 to October 2014
  17. H.E. Ma. Teresita C. Daza - 15 July 2015 to present

The Chancery of the Embassy of the Philippines in New Delhi and the Ambassador’s Residence were inaugurated on 05 September 1969.

Exchange of Visits

    1. Philippine Vice President Diosdado Macapagal visited India in 1961.
    2. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the Philippines in 1981.
    3. Indian President R. Venkatraman visited the Philippines in 1991.
    4. Philippine President Fidel Ramos visited India on 02 to 05 March 1997.
    5. Indian President Abdul Kalam visited the Philippines on 03 to 06 February 2006. Following are the four important agreements signed during the state visit of President Kalam to the Philippines:
      1. Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.
        This agreement seeks to increase the volume of tourists from the two countries.
      2. Agreement on Cooperation in Agriculture and Related Fields.
        The MOA seeks to promote the exchange of agricultural materials and information/technology, the exchange of agricultural scientists, experts and trainees, the organization of symposia and conferences, etc. Through this MOA, the Philippines can tap India's expertise in buffalo breeding, dairy development, and other fields where India possesses comparatively better agricultural know-how.
      3. Agreement Concerning Defense Cooperation.
        This agreement provides a legal framework for defense cooperation between the Philippines and India and is a key component in elevating bilateral relations to a more strategic level. The objective is to enhance defense cooperation through exchange of military training expertise and information; exchange of military instructors/observers; exchange of visits of military aircraft and military naval vessels; exchange of information that is mutually beneficial, and other spheres of defense cooperation.
      4. Agreement between the Philippine International Trading Corporation and Lob International on the Importation of Pharmaceuticals.
        This is in line with efforts to expand the Philippines' supply base for quality medicines from lower-priced source countries like India.
    6. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited India on 04 to 06 October 2007. Summary of the Declarations / Agreement / MoUs signed during the state visit of President Arroyo to India include:
      1. Joint Declaration on a Framework of Bilateral Cooperation between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Republic of the Philippines The Joint Declaration on a Framework of Bilateral Cooperation seeks to establish a partnership between India and the Philippines on the basis of good neighbourliness, cooperation, mutual trust and benefit. It reaffirms the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. It affirms the desire of both sides to exchange high level visits, establish a Joint Commission, encourage cooperation in a number of sectors including health and pharmaceuticals, information technology, mining, real estate, renewable energy, natural gas, biofuels, defence, security, transnational crimes, science and technology, agriculture and tourism.

        The Joint Declaration on India-Philippines Framework of Bilateral Cooperation was signed by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Alberto G. Romulo.
      2. India-Philippines Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism The Joint Declaration opposes acts of terrorism in all their forms and manifestations as a profound threat to international peace and security which requires concerted action to protect and defend peace and security everywhere. It envisages information sharing, cooperation amongst law enforcing agencies, cooperation in capacity building and in the prevention and suppression of the financing of terrorist acts. The Joint Declaration on Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism was signed by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Alberto G. Romulo.
      3. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation The Foreign Ministers of India and the Philippines signed an Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between India and the Philippines. The Joint Commission will be co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of India and the Philippines and will meet on a bi-annual basis. It will strengthen and develop trade, economic, scientific, technological and other fields of bilateral cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation was signed by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Alberto G. Romulo.
      4. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on the Exemption of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic Passports and Official Passports The Agreement envisages allowing entry in either country to Diplomatic and Official Passport holders for a period of thirty days at a time without visas.

        The Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passport was signed by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Alberto G. Romulo.
      5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines on Cooperation between their Foreign Service Institutes The MoU between the FSIs of India and the Philippines envisages the exchange of information relating to the respective programs of studies, courses, seminars, language programs and other activities of the two institutions. The FSIs shall also develop exchanges on diplomacy, international relations, international law, foreign economic relations, political science and other subjects. They shall explore the possibilities of jointly organizing courses and seminars in either country. The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines and the Foreign Service Institute of India was signed by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Alberto G. Romulo.
      6. Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Republic of India and the Department of Energy Republic of the Philippines on Enhanced Cooperation in the Field of Renewable Energy The MoA envisages collaboration in research, design, development and demonstration of renewable energy technologies, solar photovoltaic, solar heating, biogas, biomass, geothermal, small hydro, wind, tidal ocean and other renewable sources of energy. The MoU provides for the conduct of research and development activities, exchange of technical experts, conduct of training and organization of conferences. The MoA on Enhanced Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy was signed by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Shri Vilas Muttemwar and the Philippines Secretary of Energy, Hon. Angelo T. Reyes.
      7. Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Utilization of a US $ 15 million Credit Line between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Exim Bank of India As part of the US $ 100 million offered to ASEAN countries as a soft Lines of Credit, the DEA approved a US $ 15 million Line of Credit for the Philippines for gems and jewellery cutting / polishing machinery and other equipment. The rate of interest of the loan will be LIBOR + 0.5% (floating) and the repayment period 12 years (including 4 years moratorium). The MoU regarding the utilization of the Line of Credit conveys the agreement of the Exim Bank and the Philippines Government to make available to the Government of Philippines a credit line not exceeding US $ 15 million leaving the agreement on the specific machinery and equipment to be financed to the subsequent loan agreement to be signed between Exim Bank and the Government of the Philippines. The Memorandum of Understanding on the utilization of the US $ 15 million credit line was signed by Mr. T.C. Venkat Subramanian, Chairman & Managing Director, Exim Bank and Ms. Teresita Vega Berner, Ambassador of Philippines to India.
      8. Memorandum of Agreement between the State Trading Corporation of India and the Philippines International Trading Corporation The MoA envisages that the STC and the PITC will import and export products between the two countries. The products of export interest from India include rice, sugar, wheat, corn, flour, drugs and medicines, pharmaceutical ingredients, medical equipment and cement. The items of export interest from the Philippines include coconut, fatty acids, coconut oil, mining ore, fertilizer, processed food, personal care products, resins, adhesives, consumer electronics, bio-diesel and jatropha seeds. The list of products of interest has been annexed to the MoA. The MoA was signed by the Chairman & Managing Director of the State Trading Corporation of India Ltd., Dr. Arvind Pandalai and President & Chief Executive Officer, Philippines International Trading Corporation, Mr. Jorge Mendoza Judan.
      9. Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of India and the Republic of the Philippines on Cooperation in the Field of Health and Medicine The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Health and Medicine was signed by the Secretary, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Shri Naresh Dayal and Ambassador of Philippines to India, Ms. Teresita Vega Berner.
    7. Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh visited Cebu, Philippines on 14 January 2007 for the ASEAN-India and the East Asia Summit.
    8. Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay led a high-powered delegation, which included former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario, to India on 20 to 21 December 2012 to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and the 2nd ASEAN-India Business Fair and Conclave.
    9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a bilateral meeting with President Aquino of Philippines on 13 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar at the sidelines of the ASEAN-India/EAS Summit.
    10. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Philippines to attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and 12th East Asia Summit in Manila from 12 to 14 November 2017.

      President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Prime Minister Modi had a bilateral meeting, followed by the exchange of MoUs on 13 November 2017 which include:
        1. Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India on Cooperation in Agriculture and Related Fields;
        2. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Between Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Republic of the Philippines and National Small Industries Corporation, Republic of India; and
        3. Memorandum of Understanding Between the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines (FSI), Manila and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), India.

      It was also announced that the University of the Philippines, through its Asian Center, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, have agreed on the establishment of a Chair of Indian Studies at the University of the Philippines through a Memorandum of Understanding Made and Entered Into By and Between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and University of the Philippines on the Establishment of the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies.
    11. President Rodrigo R. Duterte visited India from 24 to 26 January 2018 to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day Celebrations.

      The Philippine delegation was composed of the following Philippine Cabinet Members and Officials:
      • Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
      • Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza
      • Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
      • Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
      • National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr
      • Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar
      • Special Assistant to the President Bong Go
      • Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque
      • Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
      • Quezon City Representative Sonny Belmonte
      • Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa
      • Deputy Executive Secretary for Administration and Finance Rizalina Justol
      • Chief of Presidential Protocol Robert Borje
      • Appointments Office Director Lisa Marguez
      • Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux Justiniano Uson

      President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House, New Delhi on 24 January 2018, where both agreed to deepen cooperation in trade and investment, health, defense, people-to-people exchanges, among others.

      A Memorandum of Understanding between the Boards of Investments of the Republic of the Philippines and Invest India of the Republic of India was signed. The Government to Government MoU aims to facilitate direct investment through the cooperation between the Philippine Board of Investments and the Invest India of the Republic of India.

      A pre-signed Memorandum of Understanding (Extension) between National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) , India and the IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) was also witnessed on 25 January 2018. The Business to Business MoU aims to facilitate direct investments by providing practical investment information to enterprises, assistance to visiting investors, and support in the promotion of investments between the two parties.

List of Exchanged MoUs, MoAs and Agreements (from 1949 to present)

  1. On 22 October 1949, the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of India relating to Air Services was signed in New Delhi wherein the designated airline of signatories shall enjoy (a) to fly across the territory of the other Contracting Party without landing, (b) to land in such territory for non-traffic purposes, and (c) subject on the provisions of Article IV, to set down or pick up in such territory at the points specified in agreement, international traffic originating in or destined for the territory of the former contacting party or of a third country on the specified.
  2. On 07 July 1952, the Treaty of Friendship between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of India was signed by Foreign Secretary Joaquin Miguel Elizalde for the Philippines and Foreign Affairs Secretary M.R.A. Baig for India in Manila.
  3. On 06 September 1969, the Cultural Agreement between the Philippines and India signed in New Delhi. It aimed to ensure better understanding of the respective culture through an exchange of books, periodicals and other publications. Non-commercial cinematographic films, including TV and radio broadcast programs dealing with culture and art, science and educations, art and other cultural exhibitions
  4. In 1976, a Memorandum of Understanding for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in Agriculture between Indian Center for Agricultural Research and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Research and Development was signed.
  5. On 29 May 1979, the Philippines and India signed a Trade Agreement which aimed to promote the development of trade and economic relations between the two countries within the framework of their laws, rules and regulations. The agreement was ratified on 17 July 1981.
  6. On 08 April 1987, the Basic Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India was signed in Manila. It aimed to promote and develop scientific and technological cooperation in fields of mutual interests, more specifically, those provisions for the service and exchange of professionals, experts and research workers; fellowship grants for graduate and post-graduate studies; training and/or study tours and joint special studies and/or researches in scientific and technological fields; exchange; of scientific and technological information and sharing of appropriate technologies for industrial and rural development. The Agreement is valid for a period of two years and shall be continue in force thereafter unless terminated by either government.
  7. On 12 February 1990, a Convention between Philippines and India for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of the Fiscal Evasion (DTAC) was signed in Manila. The convention applied to taxes on income imposed on behalf of each Contracting State, irrespective of the manner in which they are levied. There shall be regarded as taxes on income all taxes imposed on total income or on elements of income, including taxes gains from alienation of movable or immovable property, and taxes on the total amounts of wages or salaries paid by enterprises. Shall remain in force indefinitely but either of the Contracting States may, on or before the thirtieth day of June in any calendar year beginning after the expiration of a period of five years from the date of its entry into force five years and unless terminated with written consent.
  8. On 03 August 1990, an Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines was signed in New Delhi. It aimed to promote and technical cooperation between the two countries in accordance with their development schemes an d objectives on an equitable and mutually beneficial basis. Remain into force for a period of five years and shall be automatically extended/renewed for subsequent periods of five years at a time unless either of the signatories five a notice in writing, six months in advance of its intention to terminate.
  9. On 29 April 1991, MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Agricultural Science and Technology between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India was signed in Manila pursuant of Article 3 of the Basic Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed on 8 April 1987 in Manila. The MoU promotes the development of agricultural science and technological cooperation. Joint activities in areas of rice production and processing, multiple cropping system, dryland farming systems, water management, agricultural machinery, horticulture, agro forestry, sericulture, airy, livestock improvement, (development of sheep and goats, tropicalized vaccine production, animal nutrition and utilization of animal by-products), aquaculture, sugarcane technology, cotton growing technology, agricultural cooperatives, promotion of joint ventures in agribusiness and other fields.
  10. On 29 April 1991, the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India for Cooperation for Utilization of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes was signed in Manila. It aimed to promote cooperation for the utilization of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. The agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years. It will be automatically renewed from year to year, unless in any agreement year notice to the contrary is given by either Government, three months before the date of its expiry. The Agreement may be revised, amended or changed in whole or in part with the approval of both Governments.
  11. On 01 August 1991, the Philippines and India ratified the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation.
  12. On 25 November 1992, the Philippines and India ratified an Agreement for Cooperation for the Utilization of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes.
  13. On 21 March 1995, the Philippines and India signed the Philippines and India signed Executive Program of Cultural Exchanges for the period 1995- 1997.
  14. On 03 March 1997, an MoU between the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Small Industries Corporation Limited of the Republic of India was signed.
  15. On 04 March 1997, an MoU on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India was signed in New Delhi. It aimed to strengthening scientific and technological cooperation, manpower development/training on expertise, collaborative projects on medicinal plant research, and information exchange on new development on drugs/other pharmaceuticals. The MoU was valid for three (3) years and can be automatically extended for another three (3) years.
  16. On 28 January 2000, the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India for the Promotion and Protection of Investments was signed in Makati. It aimed to intensify economic cooperation to the mutual benefit and to create and maintain favorable conditions for investments by investors of both countries.
  17. On 28 November 2000, an MoU on Policy Consultation Talks between the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India was signed in Manila. It aimed to exchange views on the following; (i) matters of mutual concern, including political, economic, cultural and educational cooperation; (ii) regional and international issues of mutual interest; and, (iii) other maters mutually agreed on. It was valid for five years from the date it was signed, and will be automatically renewed for successive two-year period
  18. On 12 March 2004, the Philippines and India concluded an Extradition Treaty in Manila. It aimed to make more effective the cooperation of the two countries in the suppression of crime by making further provision for the reciprocal extradition of criminal offenders.
  19. On 21 July 2005, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and India concerning Air Services was signed. The MOU serves as an amendment to the Air Services Agreement between the Philippines and India, which was concluded in 1949. The MOU has been ratified by the Philippine side on 19 December 2005.
  20. On 04 February 2006, an Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India was signed in Manila. It aimed to strengthen the friendly relations and mutual understanding between the two countries. The Agreement shall remain in force for five years and shall be automatically renewed for the same period unless terminated with written consent.
  21. On 04 February 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement – Philippine International Trading Corporation (PTIC) and LOB International was signed in Manila. PTIC is a government-owned international trading company of the Philippines, has been designated the lead coordinating agency in the implementation of the half-priced medicines of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which targets the reduction of the prices of medicines commonly bought by the poor by 50%, and LOB is a private registered partnership firm in India and a licensed distributor/importer-exporter of branded and generic pharmaceuticals of drugs and medicines in India signed the MOU.
  22. On 04 February 2006, an MoU on Cooperation in Agriculture and Related Fields between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India was signed in Manila. It aimed to promote technical cooperation in agriculture though collaborative activities and exchanges. The MoU is valid for a period of five years and shall be automatically renewed for the same period unless terminated with written consent
  23. On 04 February 2006, an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India concerning Defense Cooperation was signed in Manila. It aimed to enhance defense cooperation through the exchange of experience and knowledge. The agreement entered into force on the date of the written notifications and shall remain in full force and effect unless one party notifies its desire to suspend or terminate the agreement.
  24. On 05 October 2007, an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of India on the Exemption of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports was signed in New Delhi. It aimed to facilitate the entry of Philippines and Indian citizens, who are holders of diplomatic and official passports into their respective countries.
  25. On 05 October 2007, an Agreement between the Government o the Republic of the Philippines and Government of the Republic of India on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation signed in New Delhi. It aimed to strengthen and develop cooperation in trade, economic, scientific, technological and other sectors on a long term basis and on the principles of equality and mutual benefit.
  26. On 05 October 2007, a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Republic of India on Enhanced Cooperation in the Field of Renewable Energy was signed in New Delhi. It aimed to strengthening bilateral and international cooperation in renewable energy and sustainable approach in addressing energy challenges and the needs to cooperate though exchange of technical expertise, joint research and development activities in renewable energy resources, information exchange and networking and other related activities.
  27. On 05 October 2007, an MoU between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India on Cooperation in the Field of Health and Medicine was signed in New Delhi. It encouraged cooperation in the fields of health and medicine on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit, collaboration on the following areas of cooperation: drugs & pharmaceuticals products, medical consumable products, medical education, medical equipments, public health, communicable disease control and surveillance, hospital management, health tourism and traditional and alternative medicines. The MoU is valid for five (5) year and shall be extended for similar periods, if terminated either signatories notifies in writing six months before the intended termination.
  28. On 05 October 2007, an MoU on the Utilization of a US$15 Million Credit Line was signed in New Delhi. The Government of India agreed to provide US$15,000,000.00 to the Philippine Government and shall sign subsequent Loan Agreement to finance particular commercial contracts for the supply of machinery and/or equipment from India to the Philippines.
  29. On 05 October 2007, a Declaration on a Framework of Bilateral Cooperation was signed in New Delhi. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh affirmed their determination to further strengthened their close friendship and multifaceted cooperation in the years ahead through the establishment of a new Framework of Bilateral Cooperation between the Philippines and India.
  30. On 05 October 2007, the Philippines-India Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism was signed in New Delhi. It reaffirmed the importance of having a framework for cooperation to prevent and combat international terrorism through the exchange and flow of information, intelligence and capacity-building, and emphasized that the purpose of cooperation is to enhance the efficacy of those efforts to combat terrorism.
  31. On 05 October 2007, an MoU between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines on Cooperation between their Foreign Service Institutes was signed in New Delhi.
  32. On 05 October 2007, a Memorandum of Agreement between the State Trading Corporation of India and the Philippines International Trading Corporation was signed in New Delhi.
  33. On 15 March 2011, the Executive Program of Cultural Exchange between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India for the Year 2011-2013 was signed in New Delhi.
  34. On 04-05 July 2017, Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza led the Philippine delegation in the Delhi Dialogue IX with the theme, "ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years," held at Taj Palace, New Delhi on 04 to 05 July 2017. The two-day Delhi Dialogue IX had the Ministerial Session on 04 July 2017 and Parallel Academic and Business Sessions on 05 July 2017.

    Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) at the sidelines of the Delhi Dialogue on 05 July 2017. The MoU aims to create more avenues of communication and information flow between the Philippines and India on matters relating to business and trade.
  35. During the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to the Philippines to attend the 31st ASEAN and EAS Summits in Manila from 12 to 14 November 2017, the Philippines and India signed the following MoUs on 03 November 2017 in Manila.
    1. MoU on Cooperation in Agriculture and Related Fields. The MOU promotes technical cooperation in agriculture through collaborative activities in areas such as rice production, bio-organic farming, soil and water management, agro-forestry, livestock improvement, among others.
    2. Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Industry and Logistics Cooperation. The MOU provides a framework for enhancing and strengthening cooperation in logistics support and services and in the development, production and procurement of defense materials.
    3. Memorandum of Understanding Between the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines (FSI), Manila and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), India. Cooperation under the MOU includes activities that contribute to better understanding and relations between the Philippines and India, exchange of visits of eminent persons and bilateral seminars and symposiums on regional and global issues.
    4. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Between Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development. The agreement encourages cooperation through the sharing of key programs on micro, small and medium enterprises development in areas such as business enabling environment, access to market, financing and productivity improvement.
  36. During the visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in India to attend the ASEAN- India Commemorative Summit and Republic Day Celebrations from 24 to 26 January 2018, following MoUs were exchanged between the Philippines and India. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Boards of Investments of the Republic of the Philippines and Invest India of the Republic of India was signed on 24 January 2018. The Government to Government MoU aims to facilitate direct investment through the cooperation between the Philippine Board of Investments and the Invest India of the Republic of India.

    A pre-signed Memorandum of Understanding (Extension) between National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India and the IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) was also witnessed on 26 January 2018. The Business to Business MoU aims to facilitate direct investments by providing practical investment information to enterprises, assistance to visiting investors, and support in the promotion of investments between the two parties.

 

Working Group Meetings/Other Meetings

  1. The Policy Consultation Talks between the Philippines and India was established in 2000. The talks, which are held annually and conducted by the foreign offices of the two countries on the level of senior officials, aimed at discussing bilateral issues and regional and international issues of common concern.
  2. On 07 July 2005, the 8th Policy Consultation Talks was held in New Delhi where both the Philippines and India agreed to increase the multi-dimensional and comprehensive relations evolving between the Philippines and India.
  3. On 29 to 30 October 2009, the 9th Policy Consultation Talks was held where both the Philippines and India acknowledged that more avenues of cooperation be opened, particularly political cooperation and economic cooperation in areas such as agriculture, tourism, renewable energy, maritime shipping, as well as in education, and culture.
  4. On 12 March 2004, the 1st Philippines-India Security Dialogue was held in Manila. One of the highlights of the first security dialogue was the signing of the RP-India Extradition Treaty by Department of Justice Acting Secretary Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez and Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Navrekha Sharma.
  5. On 08 July 2005, the 2nd Philippines-India Security Dialogue was held. Both the Philippines and India both sides agreed to establish a working group focused on counter-terrorism within the framework of the Dialogue. The Philippines proposed a declaration between the Philippines and India on counter-terrorism cooperation to complement the ASEAN-India Joint Declaration on Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism (subsequently signed by then Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo and then Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee in 2007).
  6. On 04 July 2008, the 1st Joint Working Group on Tourism Cooperation was held.
  7. On 21 to 22 August 2008, the 1st Joint Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation was held.
  8. On 21 to 22 November 2008, the 10th Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment was held.
  9. On 29 to 30 October 2009, the 3rd Philippines-India Security Dialogue was held. The two sides discussed the RP-India Defense Cooperation Agreement, transnational crimes and terrorism and the Implementation of Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism. Both sides also discussed the finalization of the Terms of Reference of the Philippines-India Defense Cooperation Agreement of 2006. They agreed to continue discussions on an agreement in combating transnational crimes including illicit drug trafficking.
  10. On 14 to 15 March 2011, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Smt. Preneer Kaur led the inaugural meeting of 1st Philippines-India Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation Meeting (JCBC) held in New Delhi.
  11. On 08 February 2013, Undersecretary (Vice Minister) Erlinda F. Basilio and Secretary (East) Mr. Sanjay Singh led the 10th PH-India Policy Consultations and 4th Security Dialogues held in New Delhi.
  12. On 11 July 2013, the 1st Meeting of India-Philippines Joint Working Group on Renewable Energy was held in New Delhi.
  13. On 21 October 2013, Secretary (Minister) Albert F. Del Rosario and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid led the delegations to the 2nd Philippines-India Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) Meeting held in Manila.
  14. On 29 January 2015, Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Department of Tourism and Honorable Undersecretary C. Bengzon led the Philippine delegation to the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) and Guest of Honor in the opening of the Philippine Booth at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. He also met Indian Minister for Culture and Tourism, Honorable Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
  15. On 05 March 2015, Undersecretary Evan P. Garcia and Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa led delegations to the 11th PH-India Policy Consultations and 2nd Strategic Dialogue held in Manila. The 2nd PH-India Joint Consular Consultation Meeting (JCCM) was also convened on same date.
  16. On 14 March 2015, Undersecretary Evan P. Garcia led the Philippine delegation to the 17th ASEAN-India Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) held in New Delhi.
  17. On 14 October 2015, Foreign Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario and Indian Minister of External Affairs Honorable Sushma Swaraj led the delegations during the 3rd Philippines-India Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) held in New Delhi.
  18. On 10 to 11 February 2016, Dr. Paulyn-Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health for Health Regulation led the 7-member Philippine delegation to the 2nd Philippines-India Joint Working Group on Health and Medicine held in New Delhi.
  19. On 31 March 2016, the Philippines and India held the 12th Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Trade and Investments (JWGTI) in New Delhi, India.
  20. On 29 April 2016, the 1st Meeting of the India-Philippines Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism (JWGCT) was held at the Ministry of External Affairs, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan (MEA-JNB) in New Delhi. Atty. Roy B. Ecraela, Special Assistant, Office of the Undersecretary (Vice Minister) for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns, Department of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Ma. Teresita C. Daza, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Republic of India, led the Philippine delegation in the Meeting.
  21. On 01 to 05 November 2016, Philippine DND Undersecretary Eduardo Del Rosario as Head Of Delegation, DND Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad (Deputy Minister) and DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero CESO I (Deputy Minister) led the Philippine delegation to the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 held at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  22. On 7 to 12 November 2016, Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Undersecretary Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), led the inter-agency Philippine delegation attending the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 7) of the WHO-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control held at the India Exposition Mart in Greater Noida.
  23. On 14 to 16 December 2016, Honorable Terry L. Ridon, former Congressman of the Republic of the Philippines and presently the Chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, led the Philippine delegation to the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) held at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  24. On 27 February 2017, Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo led the Philippine delegation to the 12th Philippines-India Policy Consultations and 3rd Philippines-India Strategic Dialogue.
  25. On 28 February 2017, Office of Consular Affairs’ Assistant Secretary Frank M. Cimafranca headed the Philippine delegation to the 3rd Philippines-India Joint Consular Consultations Meeting (JCCM).
  26. On 24 March 2017, Prof. Raymund Jose G. Quilop, Assistant Secretary for Assessment and International Affairs, Department of National Defense headed the Philippine delegation to the 2nd Philippines-India Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) Meeting.
  27. On 06 April 2017, ASEAN Assistant Secretary and SOM Leader Maria Hellen B. de la Vega headed the Philippine delegation during the 19th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting.
  28. On 06 to 09 August 2017, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (Retd) V.K. Singh visited Manila to attend the ASEAN India / 7th East Asia Summit / 24th ASEAN Regional Forum/10th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Meeting. He had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano.
  29. On 03 to 06 October 2017, INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt visited Manila. Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships regularly visit the Philippines and hold consultations with their counterparts.
  30. On 23 to 25 October 2017, India’s Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman visited Clark, Pampanga and attended the 4th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus.
  31. On 09 March 2018, a Bilateral Meeting between Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was held at the Ministry of Defense, South Block, New Delhi. During the meeting, India proposed Counter-Terror (CT) training to the AFP and an Army-to-Army joint training exercises on CT and to assist in the rehabilitation and development of Marawi by sending military doctors and medicines. India recommended a deeper navy-to-navy relations through regular conduct of table top exercises until such time that it will become a naval sea exercise.
  32. On 19 to 20 April 2018, the Philippines hosted the 3rd Joint Philippines India Working Group on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of Health and Medicine Meeting in Manila. The first day of the meeting was held at the Department of Health head office in Manila. The Philippine delegation was led by Dr. Gerardo V. Bayugo, Undersecretary of Health, Sectoral Management and Coordination Cluster, Department of Health, while the Indian delegation was headed by Joint Secretary Gayatri Mishra of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The second day of the meeting was held in Alabang and was hosted by the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with FDA Director General Ms. Neal Charade Puno heading the Philippine delegation. The meetings provided opportunity for both countries to discuss how it could strengthen cooperation in the fields of health and medicines. The best practices on health services, collaborative activities on medical tourism, proposed capacity building activities related to traditional and alternative healthcare, collaboration on medical education, procurement of affordable and quality medicines from India, medical devices regulations, Pharmazone initiatives were some of the points discussed.
  33. On 18 May 2018, the Philippines hosted the 2nd Philippines-India Joint Working Group on Agriculture in Manila. The Philippine delegation was led by Department of Agriculture Secretary Ariel T. Cayanan while the Indian delegation was headed by Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner. During the meeting, both countries discussed the best practices and concrete steps to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture.
  34. On 08 to 09 June 2018, Department of National Defense Undersecretary (Vice Minister) for Policy General Ricardo A. David, Jr., and Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (MOAO) Assistant Secretary Generoso DG Calonge attended the 3rd EAS Conference on Maritime and Security Cooperation in Bhubaneswar City, Odisha.
  35. On 25 to 26 June 2018, Department of Finance Secretary (Minister) Carlos Dominguez led the Philippine delegation to the 3rd Annual Meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Mumbai
  36. On 25 to 30 June 2018, the 1st Philippines - India Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Defense Industry and Logistics Cooperation was held in Mumbai and New Delhi. The Philippine delegation was headed by Assistant Secretary for Logistics and Acquisition Jesus R. Abella of the Department of National Defense. The meeting provided opportunity for both countries to explore potential areas of cooperation and identify items of common interest in defense industry and logistics and to achieve a significantly higher level of cooperation in defense. The meeting also provided an opportunity to exchange information on defense equipment, material and services to give impetus to the issues of bilateral defense cooperation.
  37. On 11 to 12 July 2018, the Philippines-India Air Consultation Talks were held in Manila to discuss the updating and modernizing of the Philippines- India Air Services Agreement, the expansion of air traffic rights as well as the capacity for the designated airlines of both countries, among others.
  38. On 18 to July 2018, H.E. Maria Hellen B. dela Vega, Assistant Secretary and former SOM Leader of the Department of Foreign Affairs was the Philippine Senior Official who participated in the 2nd ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy and the Philippine Head of Delegation at the DD X.
  39. On 03 August 2018, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh met at the sidelines of the 51st ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore.

Donation of India to the Rehabilitation of Marawi

  1. The Government of India announced an immediate relief assistance of $ 500,000(equivalent to 25 million pesos) on 11 July 2017 for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City which had come under siege on May 23, 2017 after armed terrorists belonging to the Maute group owing allegiance to ISIS took over the city.
  2. Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Consul General, a.h. in Mumbai donated the amount of Rs. 1.8 Million for the construction of ten (10) housing units in Marawi City, following her call on Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano in the Philippines on 23 October 2017.

Filipino Recipient of Indian Award

On 02 April 2018, Filipino Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III received the prestigious Padma Shri (Distinguished Service) award from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during the civil investiture ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 02 April 2018.

Mr. Concepcion was recognized for his significant contribution to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. Mr. Concepcion has been an advocate of entrepreneurship since 2005 with the establishment of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo). He is also the Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines and President and CEO of RFM Corporation.

The Padma Shri Award is the fourth highest civilian award instituted in 1954 by the Government of India. The award seeks to recognize works of distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields of activities/disciplines.