Manila, Philippines, January 2015 – Philippine Senate President, Honorable Franklin Drilon, recently hosted the visit of Honorable Valentina Matvienko, the first lady Senate President of the Russian Federation (Federation Council of Russia) in November this year.
Matvienko’s first visit to the country signifies the strengthening relationship between the Russian Federation and the Philippines.
Matvienko, during the dinner hosted by Drilon at Sofitel Manila, encouraged more regional tie-ups between the Russian Federation and the Philippines, similar to those already existing between St. Petersburg and Vladimir City with the Province of Cebu and Vladivostok with Cebu City. She also encouraged more trade between the Philippines and the Russian Federation to favor the Philippines.
Another brewing regional partnership between Dipolog City and the Municipality of Parnas of St. Petersburg is scheduled sometime the first quarter of 2015.
The upcoming 2015 visit of Governor Hilario Davide III to St. Petersburg was also discussed with Honorable Matvienko. The visit is being arranged by Philippine-Russian Business Assembly (PRBA) Chairperson Armi Lopez Garcia, who is also the Honorary Consul to Russia. That principal agenda of the visit is the formation of a joint working committee to discuss the road map of cooperation between St. Petersburg and Cebu Province.
“Increased economic relations and investment between the Russian Federation and the Philippines would be good for the two countries”, Consul Garcia added.
Prior to the dinner with Senate President Drilon, Matvienko was received at the Villamor Airbase by the Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev, Senator Koko Pimentel, Consul Garcia and the members of the Senate Protocol Committee.
Matvienko was also hosted by Philippine House of Representatives Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. at the Makati Shangrila Hotel. ###