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Duterte appoints De Venecia as special envoy

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former House Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr. as Special Envoy for Inter-Cultural Dialogue, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

 DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar told Philstar.com that De Venecia will serve as a special envoy from April to September 2017.

As special envoy, De Venecia will “advise the government regarding inter-cultural dialogue issues to make recommendations to the [government] on how to advance [Philippine] interests as regards this issue,” according to Bolivar.

De Venecia served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1992 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2008.

Intercultural dialogue is defined as a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange or interaction between individuals, groups and organizations with different cultural backgrounds or worldviews.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) universal declaration on cultural diversity states that it is essential for diverse societies to ensure harmonious interaction among people with dynamic cultural identities.

“Policies for the inclusion and participation of all citizens are guarantees of social cohesion, the vitality of civil society and peace. Thus defined, cultural pluralism gives policy expression to the reality of cultural diversity,” the UNESCO declaration read.

source: philstar.com

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