Indian President Kovind visits the Philippines

The visit comes as the Philippines and India mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries

INDIAN President Ram Nath Kovind is in the Philippines on a five-day state visit on invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte. He is here to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

In a report published in The Hindu, Vijay Thakur Singh, Ministry of External Affairs secretary, said “The visit to the Philippines is being undertaken with a view to carry forward the high-level engagement that we have with the Philippines.”

He further stressed, “The Philippines is a key partner of India in the Asean region and relations with the Philippines have been friendly and we have common values and our economic relationship has been growing.”

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind

Diplomatic relations between India and the Philippines were established in 1949. India maintains an embassy in Manila, while the Philippines maintains one in New Delhi. A Treaty of Friendship was signed between the Philippines and India on July 11, 1952.

Kovind, 74, was elected India’s 14th president in 2017. He was the candidate of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party), the world’s largest political party in terms of membership. A lawyer, veteran political representative and an ardent, long-time champion of equitability in society and integrity in Indian public life, Shri Ram Nath Kovind was born on Oct. 1, 1945, in the Village of Paraunkh, District Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.

He is the third Indian president to make a state visit to the Philippines since 1949.

Kovind will be given a ceremonial guard of honor at MalacaƱan Palace followed by a bilateral meeting to discuss areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, cultural, and people-to-people engagement and delegation-level talks.

The Indian president is also expected to meet with the members of the Indian community in the Philippines and the Filipino beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation Inc. (MPFI).

MPFI is an associate center of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti, Jaipur. It was established in 1989 by V.R. Mehta and his wife Vimla Mehta with the support of former Manila mayor Ramon Bagatsing Sr. (the only Indian-Filipino and amputee to serve as mayor of Manila so far) and some prominent Filipinos and Indian expats.

MPFI is a nonprofit and nongovernment organization mainly driven by Indo Phil (the largest and oldest Indian textile group in the Philippines owned by the Aditya Birla group) which distributes free prosthesis called Jaipur Foot to needy amputees. This is the first nongoverment organization outside India, which started to provide Jaipur Foot (1989).

Since its establishment in 1989, MPFI has fitted 15,000 amputees in the Philippines with Jaipur Foot. MPFI has three centers: two in Manila at the National Orthopedic Center and the Philippines General Hospital and a third in Zamboanga.

Widespread incidence of untreated diabetes is the primary cause of amputation among the poor in the Philippines.

The Indian ambassador will also interact with some of the children who had been to India for liver transplant.

There is close collaboration between Indian Hospitals like Max and Apollo and hospitals in the Philippines like the Makati Medical Center and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in liver transplant for Filipino infants. These procedures are facilitated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc. Philippines with funding from a number of foundations along with some members of the chamber.

The children suffering from biliary artesia (liver disease) often come from families that are not able to afford such treatment in the Philippines due to its prohibitive cost. Biliary artesia is a life threatening disease that requires liver transplant. India has become a partner country in helping save the lives of dozens of Filipino Children since costs are significantly lower in India and the success rate of liver transplants in India is higher.

Kovind will also attend the Philippines-India Business Conclave and the 4th Asean-India Business Summit which will bring together top representatives of companies from the main Indian industry chambers to interact with their counterparts in the Philippines and other Asean countries.

On October 19, sessions on agriculture, digital technology, innovations and startups, health and pharma, as well as one focused on Asean-India cooperation will be held at the Shangri-La Makati Hotel. Several business agreements are expected to be signed at this event that will also have in attendance top level delegates from many Asean member states.

President Kovind will address the plenary session in the evening that will be followed by a gala evening with business awards and a cultural program over dinner.

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 70th year of diplomatic relations between India and the Philippines, Kovind will unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Center for Peace Education in Mirriam College, Quezon City. The 42-inch high bronze bust by renowned Indian sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar is provided by ICCR.

Miriam College is a Filipino educational that focuses on learning that forms leaders in service who combine competence with caring rooted in Filipino culture and Asian tradition while being citizens of the world.

The Center for Peace Education promotes a culture of peace through peace education and advocacy. Courses on peace are offered in the college and peace concepts and values are infused in subjects in Miriam College’s basic education courses where students are trained in conflict resolution and peer mediation.

See more at: The Manila Times


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