H.E. Alfonso Ferdinand Agbayani Ver, Ambassador(Philippines) speaks to Gulf Insider

H.E. Alfonso Ferdinand Agbayani Ver, Ambassador of Philippines
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The relations between the Philippines and Bahrain have always been friendly and cordial. Even before the formal establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1978, the peoples and governments of both countries have interacted closely on all fronts and at all levels of cooperation.

 Total bilateral trade was valued at US$41.75 million. The Philippines main export items to the Kingdom of Bahrain are fruits such as Bananas, Pineapples, Coconuts and other tropical fruits; food products such as processed marine products like sardines, tuna and shrimps,  pastries and biscuits, sauces and condiments and personal care and other health and wellness products. The Philippines main import items from the Kingdom of Bahrain are semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel, Aluminum; Butanes, Propane, glass fibres and articles, and paints and varnishes.

The Philippine Embassy launched in 2018 the Flexi Visa Financial Assistance Program to assist out of status Filipino workers in availing of the LMRA Flexi Visa and allow them to regularize their status in Bahrain. As of date, the Embassy was able to assist a total of 927 Filipino workers, who were previously illegally working in Bahrain, to regularize their status and allow them to work and live legally in Bahrain. 


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