As part of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh’s program to educate Filipino students on current issues in the Philippines conducted a briefing on the Panatag Shoal issue at the International Philippine School in Riyadh (IPSR) on September 27.
A big crowd of over 200 people IPSR’s students, faculty, staff, and parents attended the lecture. The IPSR, formerly known as Philippine Embassy School in Riyadh (PESR), was the first Filipino school established in Riyadh in 1986, when the Philippine Embassy was transferred from Jeddah to Riyadh, to cater to the education needs of the children of the Embassy personnel and the Filipino community.
Vice Consul Paulo V. Saret, Political and Economic Officer of the Philippine Embassy, underscored the importance of informing Filipinos about the Panatag Shoal issue, particularly on the Philippine Government’s position and response to address it. He emphasized to the crowd that facing such challenge on the Panatag Shoal, the Philippines needs the support of Filipinos everywhere, including overseas Filipinos. He expressed hope that the lecture would not only dispel false information on the issue, but would also inform the audience of the overall good relations between the Philippines and China despite the dispute.
During the open forum, the students showed overwhelming interest shown by their intelligent and sensible questions. The Philippine Embassy will continue to conduct its lecture tour in the various Filipino schools in Riyadh.