November 21, 2021

The envoy is interested in a Davao-based agri-training centre supported by Israel.

Ilan Fluss, the new Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, hopes to establish an Israel-backed agricultural training centre in Davao to supplement Israel’s support for regional peace and development.

The plan, according to the envoy, is to assist not only the communities in the surrounding areas but also to contribute to the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“[I]t’s important for us to collaborate in this because we’re taking the same approach in Israel—on one hand, we have fighters against terrorism, on the other hand, you have to show that there are other ways to make a living, to get more opportunities, to study, to make money,” Fluss said at a forum on Thursday.

“So this is something that we would like to share as well as collaborate with the Philippine government and other donor communities,” he added.

Aside from that, the envoy hopes to promote closer collaboration between the Philippines and Israel in the fields of technology and innovation.

Fluss stated that as a world leader in agro-technology, Israel could share efficient irrigation, storage, and water treatment systems, among other things, through Israeli companies.

“For example, one company has already introduced irrigation here using irrigating pumps that are energized by solar panels, so this is one system introduced from Israel,” he explained.

“Israel is not known for solar panels because solar is common knowledge,” he explained, “but the management system, the software behind saving energy, and issues with storage, there’s a lot of research and development in Israel on these areas.”

Despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic, Fluss stated that Israel continues to work with the Philippines to bring businesses together and will continue to do so in order to introduce technologies in agriculture, energy, and public health.

Apart from agriculture, Philippine-Israeli cooperation in other areas, particularly pandemic response, is ongoing.

Two Israeli delegations previously visited Manila to share best practices on vaccination rollout and clinical management of Covid-19 patients.

Throughout the pandemic, Israel provided several donations, including personal protective equipment for front-line personnel and educational equipment to assist the Philippines’ distance learning arrangement.

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