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Overview

Singapore and the Philippines celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2019. We enjoy warm bilateral relations and cooperate well in regional and multilateral fora.

Philippines-Singapore Action Plan (PSAP), established in 1997 following Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s visit to the Philippines, provides a framework for bilateral cooperation in areas such as economics, IT, education, and defence. Apart from robust trade relations, Singapore is also a major investor in the Philippines.

Recent Highlights

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  • Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made a State Visit to Singapore from 15 to 16 December.
  • Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras made his introductory visit to Singapore from 12 to 13 April.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister (Trade and Industry – Trade) Lim Hng Kiang and Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan attended the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, from 13 to 15 November.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan attended the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMCs), 18th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM), 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) FMM and the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, the Philippines from 3 to 8 August.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an introductory visit to the Philippines on 13 June. He met and was hosted to lunch by the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean visited the Republic of the Philippines from 31 January to 2 February. He met various government officials and reaffirmed the warm and longstanding ties between Singapore and the Philippines.

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited the Republic of the Philippines from 22 to 24 November. He met various government officials and business leaders.
  • Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr made his introductory visit to Singapore from 7 to 10 May 2019.
  • Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr visited Singapore from 10 to 13 July 2019 at the invitation of Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to launch the re-painted Alkaff Bridge. The artwork on the bridge was conceived by the late-Filipina artist Pacita Abad as a gift to Singapore in 2004.
  • President Halimah Yacob made a State Visit to the Philippines from 8 to 12 September 2019 at the invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.President visited Manila and Davao City. In Davao City, President was hosted to dinner by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
  • Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian visited Singapore as the 69th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow from 21 to 26 October 2019.
  • Speaker Tan Chuan-jin visited Clark and Manila from 28 November to 4 December 2019 to attend the 30th SEA Games, in his capacity as President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. In conjunction with the SEA Games, Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu visited Manila from 4 to 6 December 2019, Minister (Social and Family Development) Desmond Lee visited Subic from 4 to 5 December 2019, and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Culture, Community and Youth) Baey Yam Keng visited Clark from 4 to 7 December 2019.

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