Embassy of the Philippines, Cairo
The Embassy of the Philippines in Cairo is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Opened in 1960, it is currently located in the southern Maadi district of Cairo, near the Cairo American College.
|Embassy of the Philippines, Cairo|
Pasuguan ng Pilipinas sa Cairo
|Address||28, Street 200, Maadi, Cairo Governorate|
|Ambassador||Sulpicio M. Confiado|
Although relations between the Philippines and Egypt were established on March 3, 1946, four months before the country secured its independence from the United States, the Philippines did not immediately open a resident mission in Egypt. A consulate was established in Cairo during the presidency of Ramon Magsaysay in 1956, with Yusup Abubakar serving as the mission's first consul.
The following year on March 25, 1957, Magsaysay's successor, Carlos P. Garcia, nominated retired colonel Pullong Arpa of Sulu to serve as minister to Egypt, elevating the consulate to a legation. After his appointment was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA), Garcia administered the oath of office to Arpa on April 12, 1957, becoming the first Muslim Filipino to be appointed minister to a foreign country. Arpa left for Egypt shortly thereafter, with Abubakar becoming the mission's chargé d'affaires.
On February 26, 1960, Arpa was appointed by Garcia as Ambassador to the United Arab Republic, elevating the legation to an embassy. However, the exact date of when the Embassy was established is unclear, with accounts from students at Al-Azhar University attesting to its existence starting in the early 1960s. Until the mid-1970s, it was also the only Philippine diplomatic mission in both Africa and the Middle East.
Staff and activities
The Philippine Embassy in Cairo is currently headed by Ambassador Sulpicio M. Confiado, who was appointed to the position by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 23, 2018. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Confiado, a career diplomat, previously served as Consul General and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Philippine Embassy in Vienna. After his appointment was approved by the CA's Foreign Affairs Committee on May 29, 2018, the committee en banc confirmed his appointment the following day, and Confiado arrived in Cairo to assume his post on November 10, 2018.
The Embassy's activities center around providing to the welfare of the many Overseas Filipino Workers and other Filipinos in Egypt, for which it has been recognized by the Department of Foreign Affairs for its efforts in providing those services. It regularly monitors the employment situation for Filipinos in Egypt to ensure that they only enter the country legally, and actively repatriates OFWs there back to the Philippines during periods of unrest, even if the measures are opposed by the host government. The Cairo mission also actively assists Filipinos beyond Egypt in the countries within its jurisdiction, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. In addition to its consular and welfare functions, the Embassy has also encouraged Egyptian businesses to invest in the Philippines, sought to build cultural ties between the two countries, and also showcased Filipino culture in Egypt.
Beyond its jurisdiction, the Embassy has also been involved in assisting and repatriating Filipinos escaping war-torn countries and areas, including Libya, where it works with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, and the Gaza Strip, where it works with the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv.
- "The Embassy". Embassy of the Philippines, Cairo. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
- "Ramon Magsaysay, Fourth State of the Nation Address, January 28, 1957". Official Gazette. January 28, 1957. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
This year we will exchange diplomatic representatives with Egypt, where we established a consulate last year.
- "Official Month in Review: April 1 – April 15, 1957". Official Gazette. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
IN the evening the President administered the oath of office to Pullong Arpa as minister to Egypt. [...] The first Filipino Moslem appointed to the foreign service with the rank of minister, Arpa thanked the Chief Executive for the confidence reposed in him. [...] He will be the first minister of the Philippines to Egypt since the elevation of the Philippine diplomatic office in that country from consulate to legation. Yusup Abubakar, Philippine consul general there, will be charge d’affaires of the new Philippine legation.
- "Appointments and Designations: March 31, 1957". Official Gazette. March 31, 1957. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
- "Official Month in Review: April 16 – April 30, 1957". Official Gazette. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
The President also received Minister Pullong Arpa, who is leaving shortly for his post in Cairo, Egypt. Minister Arpa called on, the President for final instructions before leaving for his post.
- "Appointments and Designations: June 6, 1960". Official Gazette. June 6, 1960. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
- "Official Week in Review: July 24 – July 30, 1960". Official Gazette. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
Back in Malacañang about 11 a.m. the President received [...] Philippine Ambassador Pullong Arpa to the United Arab Republic, who is going back to his post after a few weeks’ vacation here.
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