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DFA mourns death of 'one of its most gifted sons'


Posted at May 05 2016 01:36 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Domingo Siazon. Jimin Lai, AFP

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) mourned the death of its former secretary Domingo L. Siazon Jr, described as one of the country’s illustrious and well-love public servants.

“The Department extends its deepest sympathies to Mrs. Kay Siazon, their children Dan and Ken and their respective families,” the DFA said in a statement.

Siazon passed away on May 3, 2016.

The DFA said Siazon led a distinguished career in the Philippine Foreign Service that spanned from 1966 to 2010.

He was Philippine Ambassador to Austria from 1975 to 1986, during which term he also served as Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations (Vienna).

He served as Ambassador to Japan twice, from 1993 to 1995, and again from 2001 to 2010.

He was the first elected Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 1985 to 1993.

“He will be remembered as responsible for the smooth transition of the organization into a specialized agency. He also initiated and vigorously pursued the reform of UNIDO to enable it to meet the challenges of industrialization faced by developing and newly independent countries in the post-Cold War years,” the DFA said.

As DFA secretary, a post he held from 1995 to 2001, Siazon shepherded Philippine Foreign Policy during a period of economic expansion and political optimism in the Philippines, and laid the groundwork for enhanced regional cooperation to safeguard national interests including the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America.

“He was widely known in international circles as a gifted individual, as can be seen in his training as a political scientist and a physicist. He spoke five languages, and he is specially remembered as one of the foremost Filipino experts on Japan. The Department of Foreign Affairs will miss one of its most gifted sons.” The DFA said.

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