The Philippines-Australia Business Council (PABC) made a courtesy call to Sydney Australia Consul-General Ezzedin H. Tago. With PABC Past Chairs Albert Garcia (2008-2012) and Antonio V. Enriquez (2013-2016), the group took the opportunity to discuss how to further create engagement and dialogue with the Consular office and the Consul-General himself on a number of bilateral issues, specifically the matter of the Social Security Agreement (SSA), which the PABC continues to champion on behalf of the Filipino community in Australia.
On August 7 2019, the Philippines Australia Business Council (PABC), with guidance from Philippine Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, requested a meeting with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) to work towards holding an event participated in by the government and private sectors to assess the track record of usage of the ANZFTAA and to further promote its utilization by Philippine exporters and traders.
This meeting was attended by DTI Assistant Secretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy, Atty. Allan Gepty; PABC Vice Chairman, Thomas Aquino; PABC Chairman and Quisumbing Torres Partner Atty. Dennis Quintero; DTI Chief, Regional Relations & Arrangement Division, Bureau of International Trade Relations, Myrene Bendańo; and the OLLI Consulting Group Inc. Digital Consultant Paula Tolentino.