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FOR RELEASE
December 18, 2013

Premier welcomes the Ambassador of the Philippines

WHITEHORSE—His Excellency Leslie Gatan, Ambassador of the Philippines, is visiting Yukon to meet with Premier Darrell Pasloski, government representatives and community groups.

“It is an honour to welcome his Excellency and his consul general delegation,” Pasloski said. “We look forward to working together to build partnerships and develop opportunities for the Filipino community, which continues to add a new dimension to our multicultural fabric.”

Pasloski met His Excellency last year at Yukon Days in Ottawa. With the growing Filipino-Canadian community in Yukon, the premier invited the ambassador to experience Yukon firsthand.

“In recent years, Yukon has become home to a growing Filipino-Canadian community,” Ambassador Gatan said. “I am pleased to know that Filipinos are helping Yukon's economy and I look forward to meeting with industry groups and government to explore possible synergies to increase economic opportunities and enhance the welfare of both Filipinos and Yukoners alike.”

Ambassador Gatan will be joined by Consul General Eric Tamayo from Ottawa, Consul General Neil Ferrer, and Anthony Mandap from Vancouver. During their northern visit, His Excellency will meet with the premier, ministers of Education and Tourism and Culture, as well as with the mayor of Whitehorse and chamber of commerce presidents for Whitehorse and Yukon.

While in Whitehorse, the delegation will also offer consular services to Filipinos, such as renewing passports, notarizing documents and helping with dual citizenship applications.

The Canadian-Filipino Association of the Yukon hosted events to coincide and support the visit.

The first Ambassador of the Philippines to visit Whitehorse was Jose Brillantes in 2008.

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Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

Patch Groenewegen
Communications, Executive Council Office
867-667-8968
patch.groenewegen@gov.yk.ca


News release #13-321