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29/06/2012: Ambassador Cuisia Confers ‘Distinguished Service Award’ on Ambassador Maglaya

29 JUNE 2012, WASHINGTON, DC – In a ceremony held yesterday at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. conferred the Distinguished Service Award for Career Chiefs of Mission on Ambassador (Ret.) Eduardo P. Maglaya.  The award recognizes and honors deserving public servants who exemplified the highest ideals of the Philippine Foreign Service and have acted in accordance with the mission and vision of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Eduardo Maglaya (second from R) receives the Distinguished Service Award from Ambassador Jose Cuisia (second from L) during ceremonies held at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on June 28.  Ambassador Maglaya is joined by his wife, Mila (rightmost).  Ambassador Maria Rowena M. Sanchez (leftmost) served as a special guest.

In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia noted Ambassador Maglaya’s long and distinguished career in the DFA.  He cited, in particular, Ambassador Maglaya’s stint as the Philippines’ top diplomat in Cairo during the Arab Spring, where he led evacuation teams for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from nearby Tunisia and Libya, even as he and his team were leading evacuation teams for OFWs in Egypt.

Ambassador Maglaya was posted in Washington, D.C. twice, first as Third Secretary & Vice Consul from 1986 to 1987 and then as Minister Counsellor & Consul General from 1995 to 1999.

Ambassador Maria Rowena M. Sanchez, Senior Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Administration, was a special guest during the ceremony.  Ambassador Maglaya’s family and close friends were also in attendance.

The Distinguished Service Award for Career Chiefs of Mission was created in 2000 pursuant to Republic Act No. 6713 (otherwise known as “The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”) – a law which provides, among others, a system for recognition of deserving public servants.  Three years after its inception, this award was discontinued due to some administrative and operation concerns at that time.  On February 24 this year, the DFA made an important milestone as officials gathered in the Home Office to revive this important tradition of honoring those men and women who have exemplified the mission and vision of the Philippine Foreign Service. (END)