Silent, unsung heroes

In these challenging times and fast-changing world our diplomats play a pivotal role in placing the country in its rightful place in the international community and securing a lofty reputation for Filipinos worldwide.

Indeed, the country faces many international challenges like maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.

The lingering migrant workers crisis in the Middle East, the peace process with communist rebels and other groups mediated by foreign countries and the brewing international trade war, among others

Quite decidedly all of the above would test the mettle of our diplomats.

Sen. Loren Legarda on Monday commended the men and women of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for their passion and dedication to foster good relations with other countries and strengthen the country’s position in the international community.

“Foremost, I wish to commend each and every one present today, for in one way or another, you have so faithfully adhered to implementing the four pillars of Philippine foreign policy, namely, the preservation and enhancement of national security, the promotion and attainment of economic security, the protection of the rights and the promotion of the interest of all Filipinos overseas, and the promotion of cultural diplomacy,” Legarda said during the 120th foundation anniversary celebrations of the DFA.

She especially lauded Philippine diplomats and other "comrades in the foreign service" and called them "our silent heroes" who work with much passion and dedication and who do not ask for fame or glory.

Noting the changing times where norms and rules are being constantly challenged, Legarda highlighted the need for a Philippine foreign policy that must be flexible, and yet ensures that the country's interests are upheld and protected.

“Thus, it is important to foster and develop good bilateral relations with our neighbors, and with other countries, most especially in terms of political security issues and in terms of economic development,” she said.

‘’The country cannot live on its own. In this age of globalization, the Philippines needs to cultivate and develop its relations and work closely with the community of nations on issues of mutual concern, such as climate change, human rights, health, among many others,” Legarda said.

Meanwhile, Legarda, the concurrent chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and on Finance, assured her continuous support to the DFA.