H.E. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the new Permanent Representative (PR) of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN, informed H.E. Le Luong Minh, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, that ASEAN is an integral part of the foreign policy of the Philippines and the country attaches great importance to peace and stability in the region. SG Minh expressed his appreciation to the Republic of the Philippines for its valuable contribution and strong commitment to ASEAN. He also said that he looked forward to working with Ambassador Buensuceso in the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR).

Ambassador Buensuceso presented her Letter of Credentials as the new PR of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN to SG Minh, at a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat this week. The ceremony was also attended by the three Deputy Secretaries-General of ASEAN (DSGs): H.E. Nyan Lynn, DSG of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community; H.E. Lim Hong Hin, DSG of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community; and H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, DSG of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Buensuceso was the Assistant Secretary of the Office of European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines (2011-2013), the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Norway, Denmark, and Iceland (2008-2011), and Ambassador to the Lao PDR (2004-2008).

Ambassador Buensuceso succeeded H.E. Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta whose service ended last year. Ambassador Buensuceso is the third Philippines’ Permanent Representative to ASEAN since the establishment of the CPR in 2009.