The Embassy is the principal representative of the Philippine Government in the conduct of its relations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In this capacity, the Embassy promotes the foreign policy thrusts of the Philippines, to wit:

  • Promotion of closer and mutually beneficial bilateral ties between the Philippines and the Pakistan;
  • Promotion of national security;
  • Promotion of economic diplomacy to support national development;
  • Promotion of rights and welfare Filipinos overseas;
  • Promotion of Philippine culture; and
  • Promotion of a positive national image

The roles and responsibilities of the Embassy cover the following:

  • Managing relations with the Pakistan government at the federal level through the Parliament, the National Security Council (NSC), the Ministry of Foreign and other federal agencies;
  • Managing linkages with state and local-level governments in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi;
  • Managing ties with Pakistan constituencies that are of use in advancing the national interest such as: 
    • the Filipino-Pakistani community In Lahore
    • the Filipino-Pakistani community In Karachi
    • the Progressive Filipino Society Pakistan (PFSP) Islamabad


The major thrusts of the Embassy are as follows:

  • Police-Military and Security Relations
    • Projection of the current Administration’s policies;
    • Maintenance of close cooperation between the Philippines and the Pakistan in bilateral, regional and global issues;
    • Enhancement of bilateral security relations through increased Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT)-related activities and military-to-military interaction;
    • Cooperation in transnational concerns such as terrorism, narcotics, avian flu, among others;
    • Supporting the Pakistan in promoting democracy, open markets, and non-proliferation;
    • Coordinates with Filipino-Pakistani on their “empowerment” activities that will also benefit the Philippines and Filipinos. 

  • Economic Relations
    • Trade, investment, tourism, and technology transfer promotion and facilitation;
    • Monitoring of science & technology and environment developments and opportunities;
    • Economic, commercial, and agricultural policy representations;
    • Presentation of economic developments and opportunities in the Philippines; and

  • Assistance to Nationals (ATN)
    • Service to the public (FilCom/dual citizens) in the form of legal advice; consular assistance to nationals in distress; and
    • Efficient processing of legal documents, passports and visas. 

  • Enhancement of Positive Image
    • Information dissemination: networking with think tanks and the academe;
    • Liaising with media and securing positive coverage for the Philippines; and
    • Promoting awareness of Philippine culture through partnerships with schools, museums and FilCom organizations.

Functional Sections of the Embassy and Attached Services

The above-mentioned thrusts and functions of the Post are divided among the following functional sections of the Embassy:

  • Police Section
  • Economic Section
  • Cultural Section
  • Consular Section

The Embassy is ably supported by the following attached agencies:

  • Office of the Defense Attaché - helps promote bilateral defense and military relations; coordinates military-to-military programs including the International Military Education Training (IMET) program as well as training programs on anti-terrorism; reports on defense-related policies and developments in Pakistan; interfaces on behalf of the Philippine defense establishment with the Pakistan military establishment; and coordinates military visits and exchanges.

Philippines -Pakistan Diplomatic History


Philippines-Pakistan relations were officially established with the opening of a Philippine Consulate in Pakistan on 8 September 1949. In August 1950, a Treaty of Friendship between the Philippines and Pakistan was conceived and drafted. Subsequently, the Consulate was raised to a Legation on 18 February 1954 with Vice Consul Marciano A. Joven assuming the functions of Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. In 1956, the two countries elevated their missions to Embassy level. Significantly, Pakistan Prime Minister Husseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy made an official visit to the Philippines the following year. This was reciprocated by President Diosdado Macapagal during his state visit in July 1962. 

The Philippine Embassy was based in Karachi until 16 June 1968, when it was transferred to Islamabad, the new federal capital. Ambassadors Manuel Alzzate, Jose Alejandrino, and Romeo Busuego had successively served as Chiefs of Mission in Karachi, until Ambassador Juan C. Dionisio took over on 2 July 1966. 

Until 1967, the Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan was accredited to Afghanistan. However, that year, by legislative action, Afghanistan was placed under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Ambassador to India. At that time, the Ambassador to Pakistan was accredited as concurrent Ambassador to Iran. On 19 August 1967, Ambassador Dionisio, accompanied by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Delfin F. Gamboa, presented his Letters of Credence to the Shahinshah of Iran as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to that country.  In 1995, the Philippine Embassy re-took jurisdiction of Afghanistan.   

The Philippine Embassy was instrumental in organizing the state visit of President Fidel V. Ramos to Pakistan in 1997, the second of such visit in 35 years.      

In May 2006, the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy had been expanded to include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.  

In 2009, the Philippine Embassy led by Ambassador Jaime J. Yambao organized several activities, including a visit by H.E. Dr. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to Islamabad in April and a diplomatic reception in October, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Pakistan.  

In January 2010, the Philippine Embassy hosted a visiting delegation from the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC). The historic visit by the BUC was highlighted by high-level meetings with Pakistani government officials, including Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Senate Chairman Farook Naek. 

The Philippine Chancery is located at House 7-A, Kohsar Road, Sector F-7/2, Islamabad Pakistan. 

The following served as Philippine Ambassadors to Pakistan: 

  Manuel A. Alzate 1957-1958  
  Jose Alejandro 1959-1963  
  Romeo S. Busuego 1963-1966  
  Juan C. Dionisio 1966-1975  
  Pedro Angara-Aragon 1977-1985  
  Samuel T. Ramel 1986-1987  
  Nicasio G. Valderama 1988-1993  
  Ernesto V. Llamas 1993-1996  
  Wenceslao Quirilogico 1997-2000  
  Joselyn Nazareno 2000  
  Jorge V. Arizabal 2001-2005  
  Jaime J. Yambao 2006-2009  
  Jesus I. Yabes 2010-2012  
  Domingo D. Lucenario Jr. 2013-2015  


Daniel R. Espiritu 2015  

The current Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Daniel R. Espiritu assumed his post on 26 August 2015.

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