Monday, June 24, 2019

Overview of Philippines-Singapore Relations

Diplomatic relations were formally established between the Philippines and Singapore on 16 May 1969. H.E. Joseph Del Mar Yap is the 12th Philippine Ambassador to Singapore as he presented his credentials to Singaporean President, H.E. Mdm. Halimah Yacob, on 25 January 2018.

The Philippines and Singapore are both founding members of ASEAN. Relations between the two countries have remained strong and vibrant through the years.

Singapore is the Philippines’ 4th largest trading partner worldwide and the 1st in ASEAN, with a total bilateral trade of US$9.57 billion in 2017. The country is also the Philippines’ 3rd biggest investor worldwide, with US$ 201.49 million in 2017.

Singapore is the Philippines’ 9th tourism market worldwide and 1st in ASEAN with 169,000 arrivals in 2017.

An estimated 180,000 Filipinos live and work in Singapore and continue to play an active and productive role in the national development of their host country. An estimated 60% of Filipinos in Singapore are professionals and skilled workers, while the rest are household service workers.

Since the signing of the MOU on the Philippines-Singapore Action Plan on 14 December 1998, Informal Consultations on the Philippines-Singapore Action Plan (IC-PSAP) have been convened as a means of assessing developments in bilateral relations and identifying ways to further enhance cooperation in various areas.

The IC-PSAP was held in October 2004 (Manila), July 2014 (Manila), July 2015 (Singapore), and is slated to be convened again on 11 December 2018 in Manila.

There have been several high-level exchanges of bilateral visits between the two countries. The most recent of these was the State Visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to Singapore on 15-16 December 2016. Previously, Singapore hosted former President Benigno S. Aquino III during his State Visit to the country on 09-11 March 2011. The Philippines, in turn, played host to former Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam during his State Visit on 02-05 April 2014.

Significant Bilateral Agreements 

  • Air Transport, 1974
  • Double Taxation Agreement (DTA), 1977
  • MOU on the Participation of Singapore Air Force in Cope Thunder Exercise 84-4, 1983
  • MOU on Singapore Air Force Participation in Cope Thunder Exercise 87-2, 1986
  • EON on the Stationing of Royal Singapore Air Force Detachment in Clark, 1985
  • EON on Scheme for Technical Assistance, 1988
  • MOU on PA-SAF Joint Training Exercise,1993
  • MOU on Cooperation in Information Technology, 1999
  • MOU on Philippines-Singapore Action Plan,1998
  • MOU on Air Transport, 2001
  • MOU on Cultural Cooperation Programme, 2001
  • Undertaking on the Recognition Certificates Under Regulation 1/10 of STCW, 2001
  • MOU on Tourism Cooperation, 2001
  • MOU on Mutual Cooperation on the Deployment of Air Marshals, 2006
  • MOU on Air Services, 2010
  • MOU on Exchange of Information relating to White Shipping, 2017