Brende and Philippine officials will meet in Manila to take stock of bilateral relations and find new ways of expanding areas for cooperation in the fields of trade, investments and maritime cooperation. They will also discuss Norway’s participation in the country’s recovery from Typhoon Yolanda. Brende will visit Tacloban and Basey in Samar province to see first-hand the Norwegian humanitarian operations and assistance to victims in calamity stricken areas.
Minister Brende will also meet Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Teresita Deles to discuss Norway’s current role as third country facilitator for peace talks with the communist groups and its participation in the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao.
Norway has provided $13.6 million worth of non-cash aid channeled through the Red Cross and the United Nations, and other non-government organizations.
Humanitarian relief workers and volunteers have also been deployed to the calamity areas.
As of June 2013, there were 17,400 Filipinos in Norway mostly working as nurses, caregivers, engineers and housekeepers.