Hungary was among the first of many countries that immediately responded after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November by sending medical, rescue and relief teams, the Philippines Ambassador to Hungary, Eleanor L. Jaucian, said at the country’s National Day celebration last week, the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence.
Ambassador Jaucian said her country had also benefitted from Hungary’s expertise in water management, with the donation of a mobile water purification plant. She thanked Hungary and the international community for their assistance after the devastating typhoon, which was one of the strongest tropical cyclones recorded and killed at least 6,268 people.
“It is during these times that we all realise with great humility that we are never alone,” Ambassador Jaucian told her fellow ambassadors and guests at the celebration in the Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest.
She said Hungary had also been a co-sponsor of the ASEM Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Manila from 4-6 June.
The ambassador said the Philippines’ relations with Hungary are anchored on shared democratic and Christian values, enhanced by developing opportunities to encourage economic activities for mutual benefit. The two countries continued to exchange bilateral support on international issues and concerns, and hold high-level visits and consultations such as the official visit to the Philippines by then-Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi last December.
Ambassador Jaucian said that despite natural disasters, her country had one of South-East Asia’s fastest-growing economies: a remarkable 7.2% last year. This was the result of sound management by a leadership determined to fulfil its commitment of inclusive growth for all levels of society.