Marcos talks food security, renewable energy with European envoys

President-elect Bongbong Marcos discussed food security, climate change, and renewable energy with some European envoys who paid courtesy calls to him on Tuesday at his headquarters in Mandaluyong City.,Spanish Ambassador Jorge Moragas, Ambassador Mohammed Rida El Fassi of Morocco, and German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel were received by Marcos separately during a series of meetings.,In an interview with the press following her meeting with the incoming Philippine leader, Reiffenstuel disclosed that apart from enhancing cooperation between their two countries, they also discussed global challenges including food security and climate change.,“We exchanged (views) about the ongoing bilateral cooperation and the cooperation in the international frame in the multi-lateral formats and discussed potentials for furthering cooperation not only on mutual interests but also to address global challenges like climate change,” she said.,She talked about the ongoing programs of Germany that help the Philippines in addressing climate change including their Euro 25 million donations for climate change-related projects.,“I informed him about the upcoming international ministerial conference on global food security, this is also against the background of the impact of the Russian war against Ukraine with regards to the challenges on global food security,” she said.,Reiffenstuel also disclosed that they also tackled the safeguarding of rule of law and human rights.,“I also underlined the importance Germany attaches to the rule of law and safeguarding human rights, and of our continued commitment to the same,” she said.,“In this context that I also mentioned, the (continuing) German support, contribution, and funding of the United Nations joint program on human rights here in the Philippines.”,“I assured him of Germany’s commitment to further engage in the region in our common interest to protect the international rules-based order which also comprises cooperation in the area of maritime security,” she added.,Reiffenstuel stressed that “protecting the international rules-based order and the rule of law that also needs to be applied to the maritime sector” is a “common interest” of Germany and the Philippines.,Last year, the German government deployed a warship in the South China Sea for the first time in almost 20 years, showing that it joins other nations in countering Beijing’s military presence in the contested waters.,Earlier, Marcos said he would protect the country’s sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea and assert the Philippines’ rights amid the territorial dispute in the area.,He said he plans to “talk to China consistently with a. firm voice” and will assert the 2016 international arbitral ruling against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea.,Nevertheless, he pointed out that going to war with China is “the last thing” the country needs.,Meanwhile, Reiffenstuel disclosed that she and Marcos also discussed renewable energy—one of the campaign promises of the president-elect—in order to provide lower power rates to the people.,“Renewable energies of course are of great importance to us, to Germany, and we exchanged about the experiences and the commitment and the distributions and the shares of renewable energies in our two countries’ power protections,” she added.,The ambassador noted that Marcos illustrated his early commitment to renewable energy by mentioning the wind farm built in his hometown Ilocos Norte.,Last Monday, Marcos also met separately with Ambassador Johariah Wahab of Brunei Darussalam and Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente, during which they discussed expanded cooperation between the Philippines and their respective countries.,The ambassadors relayed congratulatory messages to their heads of state on his victory and affirmed their interest in improving bilateral and diplomatic relations with the Philippines.