Environmental endeavors will highlight the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day celebration in Iloilo City on May 19-21.
Mayor Jerry Treñas and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency HK Yu PSM will lead the Friendship Day Tree Planting and Unveiling of Australia’s donation of way-finders and bike racks at Plaza Libertad on May 20 at 9am.
The 3k, 5k and 10k Heritage Run will kick off from Freedom Grandstand, Esplanade at Muelle Loney to Casa Real, Calle Real and back on May 20 at 5am-8am. Those interested are invited to register at Iloilo City Sports Office, Citadines formerly Amigo Hotel, or online thru https://bit.ly/PHAUHeritageRun.
Treñas issued Executive Order No. 046 declaring May 22, 2023 as Philippines-Australia Friendship Day in conjunction with Presidential Proclamation 1282, Series of 2016, and in recognition of enduring friendship between the Australian Government and the City of Iloilo.
Australia has supported Iloilo City through capacity building programs for school officials and educators, construction of classrooms, sustainable livelihood programs and agricultural research, the EO stated.
The City Government recognizes the enduring friendship between the two countries, from its deep historical ties with Australia through trade and people-to-people links, to the growing number of Australia-educated Filipinos from Western Visayas who form part of the vibrant Australia Global Alumni community.
“The strong ties have opened up more opportunities for growth and progress. We welcome the continued engagement as it upgrades its partnership from comprehensive to strategic,” the EO added.
The Australian Embassy brings the annual celebration to Iloilo City this year from different parts of the Philippines in previous years. (Iloilo City PIO)