Ambassador Batoon-Garcia (center) with Mayor Bård Langø and his wife Ms. Ilse Langø
05 September 2019, Alstahaug – Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia was in the Helgeland region to participate in the study tour for Heads of Missions organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her meeting with Alstahaug Mayor Bård Anders Langø, Ambassador Batoon-Garcia expressed appreciation for the Norwegian government’s efforts and opportunities to welcome the Filipinos in Alstahaug Kommune and the Helgeland region.
Mayor Langø said that there are around 200 Filipinos in the Helgeland region, most of whom are employed in the hospitality sector and fisheries and oil industries. He also mentioned that there are around 30 Norwegian families that supporting the Bridge Builder Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Baclaran.
According to its website, the Bridge Builder Foundation (Brobyggerstiftelsen) is an initiative led by Norwegians Roger Bastesen and Nelson Ciano, together with a group of volunteers from Sandnessjøen, the administrative capital of Alstahaug Kommune. Details on the Bridge Builder Foundation are available at http://www.bridgebuilder.no/. END