Philippines has new envoy to Holy See
Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Myla Grace Ragenia Macahilig speaks during the Commission on Appointments (CA) hearing at the Senate on June 2, 2021. SCREENSHOT/SENATE
By CBCP News
June 4, 2021
The bicameral Commission on Appointments confirmed on Wednesday the nomination of the new Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Myla Grace Ragenia Macahilig.
Macahilig, 55, replaces Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa, who served the post from September 2018 until her retirement in January 2021.
The diplomat has been with the Department of Foreign Affairs for 23 years. She is currently the assistant secretary of the agency’s financial management services.
Under her leadership, the office earned the Global Implementer Award for executing and utilizing an electronic budgeting system to its foreign service posts, the first for the DFA.
While she previously served in the Philippine embassies in New Zealand from 2002 to 2008 and in the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2018, this will be her first posting as ambassador.
She is also the second career diplomat to hold the position after Relucio-Princesa.
As envoy to the Holy See, Macahilig will also be the ambassador to the Sovereign Order of Malta.
During the hearing, she assured to further strengthen the country’s bilateral relations with the Holy See.
According to her, one of the things that the country shares with the Holy See is the “appreciation, value and advocacy on interfaith dialogue and migration”.
She added that the work of the embassy will continue in harnessing the wide diaspora of Filipinos.
On April 8, 1951, the Philippines and the Vatican signed a treaty establishing formal relations.
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