23 March 2015 – Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's Enrique A. Manalo undertook his first official visit to the Bailiwick of Jersey from March 16 to 17. The Ambassador and his delegation composed of Mrs. Pamela Manalo, Minister and Consul Myla Grace Macahilig, and First Secretary and Consul Kristine Leilani Salle were hosted at the Government House, the official resident of Lieutenant Governor Sir John McColl, who is Her Majesty The Queen's personal representative to the island. The programme was entirely arranged by the Chief Minister's Office of Jersey.
Prior to the official visit, the Embassy conducted a consular outreach, headed by Minister and Consul Macahilig, to the small Filipino community living on the island.
Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, is a possession of the Crown in right of Jersey off the coast of Normandy, France. Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal, and judicial systems, and the power of self-determination.
The island of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and has a separate relationship to the British Crown from the other Crown dependencies. Though the UK is constitutionally responsible for the defence of Jersey, it is not part of the United Kingdom and has an international identity separate from that of the UK.
During Ambassador Manalo's visit, he met with the officials of the Jersey Government such as Bailiff William Bailhache, Chief Minister Ian Gorst, and Minister for External Relations Sir Philip Bailhache.
While in Jersey, Ambassador Manalo took the opportunity to engage with the small Filipino community in Jersey who work in the financial services and health services sectors. There are an estimated 160 Filipinos living and working in Jersey.
The Ambassador's visit was meant to increase the profile of the Philippines in Jersey, as well as potentially explore areas for cooperation such as in investment and the financial services, education, tourism, and culture. END