Friday, April 15, 2011

Republic of San Marino and the Philippines: Inter-country adoption partnership

The Republic of San Marino, one of the European microstates in the Council of Europe, has partnered with the Philippines for its very first inter-country adoption program.

Jean Henri Lhuillier, PJ Lhuillier Inc. president and CEO and the Honorary Consul General of San Marino to the Philippines, initiated the inter-country adoption program between the two countries.

The Republic of San Marino Head of Affairs Sylvie Bollini recently visited the Philippines to scout for orphanages with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB).

ICAB, created by Republic Act 8043 of 1995, is the Philippine government’s central authority on inter-country adoption of Filipino children. It seeks to place Filipino children with suitable foreign adoptive families abroad to ensure their protection, security, and best interests.

“Life today is very hard, especially for orphaned children. Because we have good relations with the Philippines, we decided to help through the Inter-Country Adoption Program,” said Bollini.

She emphasized that the agreement respects the rights of the children as it adheres to laws enacted by the United Nations. These children’s rights include regular parent assessments and assistance in the issuance of visas to children to be adopted.

An enclave landscape surrounded by Italy and situated on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, San Marino has approximately a population of 30,000. It has one of the most stable economies in Europe.

“The country has the lowest unemployment rate and zero national debt. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of gross domestic product per capita,” Lhuillier said. 

Top 10 Things You Should Know About San Marino

1.      Full name: The Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino)
2.      The world’s oldest constitutional republic and oldest written constitution still in effect (301 A.D.)
3.      Geography
·         The third smallest independent state next to the Vatican and Monaco, with 60.5 sq km land area.
·         Located in Western Europe, landlocked within Italy
4.      Total population: 30,000
5.      Official language: Italian
6.      People in San Marino are called Sanmarinese
7.      Sports in San Marino: Foorball, Baseball, Grandprix Racing and Tennis
8.      Economy:
·         Currency is the Euro and is officially a part of the Eastern Union
·         GDP (2007) Total: $904 M (195th)
·         Per Capita: $34,600 (12th)
9.      Tourist Arrival is 3.5M per year. This contributes over 50% to their GDP. It was recently included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
           Top export product is Wine and is also known for their coins and stamps.

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