It was my privilege to be invited this past week by Porfirio Mayo, First Secretary and Consul to Canada at the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, for the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the independence of the Philippines.
It was not only a wonderful occasion to appreciate the culture of its people, but also an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Mayo the expanding relationship between the Philippines’ Health and Safety Agency and CCOHS. Our products can play an active role in the advancement of prevention programs throughout Southeast Asia. We discussed our future potential and intention to formalize the relationship between our organizations, not only through CCOHS’s products, but also through the promotion of health and safety in the Republic through our affiliations with international agencies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Also present was the Korean Ambassador to Canada, and we had a pleasant chat about the long-standing relationship between the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) and CCOHS. Korea will be hosting the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) World Congress in 2015.
Congratulations to the Philippines on their milestone, and we look forward to further collaborations.