By Liza Soriano
MANILA — As part of an official trip to France, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, and other Philippines senators will meet with their French counterparts and explore ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
Joining Legarda and Zubiri in the visit are Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Joseph Victor Ejercito, and Senators Manuel Lapid, Maria Lourdes Binay, Grace Poe, and Christopher Lawrence Go.
“This meeting is an opportune time for us to assess our country’s strong ties with the French Republic and discuss how we can foster our friendship and cooperation, especially on areas that concern both the Philippines and France,” Legarda said.
Legarda said that issues pertaining to the environment and the blue economy would be discussed during their meeting.
She emphasized that considering the concerns is necessary and important because they are related to climate change, which continues to be a top worry for the entire world.
“Our visit to France is a chance for the Philippines to convey our vision, plans, and involvement in addressing global challenges such as climate change. Our country fully recognizes France’s steady allegiance to be a global leader in addressing the issue, and we are fully committed to supporting the Paris Agreement,” Legarda said.
The Paris Agreement also referred to as the Paris Climate Accord, is an international climate change treaty adopted in 2015 by members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“These are just some of the issues we intend to bring to the table during our meetings. The Philippines and France enjoy 75 years of fruitful and vibrant friendship and cooperation in various areas such as economy, defense, food security, and people-to-people relations, and these, too, are part of our agenda,” Legarda said.
“It is an honor to be part of the Philippine delegation once again, and I look forward to making our bilateral ties with France stronger,” she concluded. (ai/mtvn)