Commencement of Bilateral Relations
Philippines-Poland established relations on 22 September 1973. In 2013, both countries will be celebrating 40 years of warm and friendly relations. The Philippines opened its first resident embassy in 1993. A few years after, the Philippine Embassy in Budapest took jurisdiction over Philippine interests in Poland when the resident embassy closed offices. In 2009, the embassy re-opened and is currently situated at ulica Lentza 11, 02-956 Warsaw.
To date, Philippines and Poland have agreements on the following:
- Undertaking Between the Polish Maritime Administration and the Maritime Training Council Concerning the Recognition of Certificates Under Regulation I/10 of the 1978 STCW Convention, As Amended (2004)
- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of Poland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income (1992)
- Philippines-Poland No Visa Agreement for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports (1992)
Filipinos in Poland
There are close to 500 Filipinos in Poland. Mostly on term employment, they are connected with the banking sector, the religious sector, food industry, wellness sector and domestic work. Currently, a large Philippine company is developing, operating and managing the container terminal in Gdynia, Pomerania, Poland. The Port Authority of Gdynia awarded the 20-year concession to this company in May 2003.
Polish in the Philippines
Polish nationals visiting the Philippines have been increasing consistently through the years. The places of interest have been Cebu, Bohol, Boracay, Palawan, along with other natural and adventure destinations in the country.
Aside from Polish nationals, Polish dairy products have also found their way to the markets of the Philippines.