FIJI has been applauded for the various international forums it has supported as well as for its numerous efforts towards democratisation by the new Philippines non-resident Ambassador to Fiji, Virginia Benavidez.
In presenting her credentials, the New Zealand-based ambassador said the Philippines and Fiji had supported and assisted each other on numerous fronts.
"At this important chapter in the political history of Fiji, the Philippines express its support for Fiji's progress in its democratisation efforts as reflected by the unveiling of the country's new Constitution, and Fiji's commitment to hold elections by September 2014," Mrs Benavidez said in an Information Ministry statement.
"The growing presence of Filipinos working and living in Fiji strengthens the people-based relationship the two countries enjoy and will further the reservoir of goodwill and understanding."
The non-resident ambassador explained that the Philippines Government placed great emphasis on the importance of people-to-people ties and interaction at all levels.
"In carrying out my mission in Fiji, I shall endeavour to nurture and strengthen Philippines-Fiji relations within the framework of our mutual interests, shared goals and inter-dependence," she said.