Meco, Relations Between the Philippines and Taiwan

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De La Salle University
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
(Publica)
Mr. Manhit

FINAL PAPER
Government Agency: MECO (Manila Economic and Cultural Office) Philippine Representative Office of Taiwan.

Pelayo, Jason Robert G.10943706
Manzano, Jess Jaime P.10948074
Roxas, Julian C.10944087
Dimaculangan, Sander Rafael S.10913130

I. Introduction

A. Origins and History of MECO
The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), exercising delegated functions, is the Philippines’ representative office in Taiwan. It was established in 1975 and is organized as a non-profit and non-stock private corporation under Philippine law.

B. About the Administration
MECO promotes trade, investments, tourism, and labor, scientific and cultural cooperation with Taiwan. The MECO provides assistance to Filipinos in Taiwan and provides visas, legal and consular services. The MECO coordinates with the Philippine government agencies and the private sector to fulfill this mandate.

C. The Functions of the Administration
MECO has its head office in Makati City, Philippines, principal representative office in Taipei and extension offices in Taichung and Kaohsiung. MECO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer are Chairman Tomas I. Alcantara and its Resident Representative and Managing Director in Taiwan is Ambassador Antonio I. Basilio.

D. Roles and Responsibilties
MECO's main function is to serve as a liaison between the Filipinos and Taiwanese. They make sure that the relationship between Taiwan and the Philippines is in good standing at all times. MECO also solidifies the Philippine government's commitment and advocacy to serve Filipinos living and working in foreign countries.

II. MECO
A.) Location and People in Charge
- The people on top are Chairman Perez and Ambassador Basilio. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer are Chairman Tomas I. Alcantara and its Resident Representative and Managing Director in Taiwan is Ambassador Antonio I. Basilio. -

B.) Why was it made?
- It was established to continue relations with Taiwan after China was recognized as the legal representative of the Chinese people. This made Taiwan sort of a non Country. As long as it about economic relations its ok with China C.) What is its primary goal?

Primary Goal of Meco
-is to promote economic relations like trade, investments, labor and tourism

III. Vision
A.) MECO’s Vision
-to become the primary mechanism for promoting beneficial relations between the Philippines and Taiwan. B.) Long Term Goals
-to maximize the potential of our economic relations, because right now were the 5th largest trading partner B.) Short term goals
-Make meco an effective org so that it can deliver and be effective to its mandate, and to be able to perform its role in government, because the DFA doesn’t entirely do this with Taiwan. C.) Overall goal

-Exactly like the Long Term goal, to be an effective institution that serves its cause.

IV. Mision
A.) Legal Services

-Consular services like issuing to Taiwanese visitors to the Philippines, issuing and renewing passports for Filipinos in Taiwan, Marriage certificates, Police Clearance, when Filipinos in Taiwan get into trouble MECO makes sure they get legal support.

B.) Other Services
-Consular
If you’re a Taiwanese and you want to go to the Philippines, meco supplies you with a visa with approval from the dfa, also for Filipinos like passport renewal
-Tourism
Talk to airlines, travel agencies to encourage them to have more flights and to organize travel packages, approach market to directly advertise
-Trade and Investment
Meco has an officer from the dti, meco supports his/her activities, supports trade and investments with Taiwan, and participates in trade exhibitions in Taiwan and the Philippines
- Assitance to Nationals
Filipinos in Taiwan who run afoul of the law or has cases against his or her employer, meco...
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