DAVAO CITY June 18 (PIA)- The Embassy of Austria in the Philippines has opened a honorary consular office in Davao City with Davao-based Austrian resident Dr. Peter Faistauer as honorary consul for Mindanao.
The honorary consular office located in the second floor of The Shoppes commercial building along Diversion Road was inaugurated last Friday (June 17) with Austrian Ambassador Josef Müllner as guest-of-honor.
Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, 3rd District Councilor Bernard Al-ag and Atty. Jhopee Avanceña Agustin from the City Mayor’s Office graced the opening reception for the new honorary consulate.
Ambassador Müllner said the opening of the consulate is in line with the thrust of the Austrian government to expand the network of consular offices around the world.
This is the second honorary consular office in the country after Cebu City.
Dr. Faistauer said the office which will be manned by a two-man staff aims to support Austrian citizens who come seeking for assistance. Among these cases include losing their purses and getting sick.
The honorary consul said there is an estimated 70 Austrian citizens residing in Mindanao.
Aside from citizen assistance the consulate will help facilitate academic exchange thru scholarships. Academic exchange programs offered in the embassy can be made available here through the honorary consulate.
Dr. Faistauer is a lawyer and a banker with a 25-year experience of banking experience in China. He is based in Davao City for 15 years already and is married to a Dabawenya. (PIA/RG Alama)