Over thirty participants attended a seminar on health and ageing on 27 April 2014 organized by the Philippine Migrant Women Acting against Violence (PMWAV) – a working group of Filipino migrant women volunteers based in Paris – as part of the Gender and Development (GAD) activity of the Philippine Embassy in Paris.
In her opening remarks, newly-arrived Ambassador to France H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro informed the participants that the Embassy would study the existing bilateral social security agreement with France: “We have an agreement with France on social security which was signed in 1990, but I hear that only a few people have availed of these benefits. It may be time to update the agreement to make it more relevant.”
Using theatre techniques and group dynamics led by thespian Connie Chua, the participants were able to share their health and ageing concerns. These were later addressed by various experts such as Dr. Jade Peña, a technical advisor of French NGO Doctors without Borders, and Ms. Marie Grace Lauron, a clinical and transcultural psychologist.
Embassy GAD focal points Rapunzel Acop and Eunika Lesli Leyva-Tiongco also presented the salient features of the bilateral social security agreement while Mr. Roberto Ramos, Head of PNB Paris, answered questions on social security.
PMWAV members Sally Rousset and Rosalie Castro moderated the seminar.
Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro welcomes the participants at the Embassy