Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Laos were established in 1955, shortly after the latter’s independence from France on 19 July 1949. The Philippine Government conducted diplomatic relations with the Government of Laos through alternately, the Embassies in then Saigon, Vietnam and in Bangkok.
The first Philippine Resident Ambassador to the Lao PDR was H.E. Felipe M. Mabilangan, Sr., who presented his credentials to the King of Laos on October 26, 1965. Ambassador Trinidad Legarda, who was based in Saigon succeeded him. From 1970 to 1974, the Embassy was headed by a Chargé d’ Affaires, until the assignment of Ambassador Jose M. Evangelista in August 1974. The Embassy was closed in 1980 and until its reopening in 1998, relations were conducted through the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok with the Philippine Ambassador accredited as Non-Resident Ambassador to the Lao PDR.
With Lao PDR’s admission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1997, a resident embassy was reopened in July of that year, with H.E. Jaime J. Yambao accredited as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. On July 17, 2001, Ambassador Yambao was succeeded by Ambassador Mario I. Galman, who unfortunately, passed away on 11 April 2003.
On 22 August 2003, Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua assumed his post as AEP to the Lao PDR. In November 2004, H.E. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso initially assumed her post as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. and later assumed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in May 2005, after having presented her credentials.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and Laos was signed on 06 May 2008 establishing the Philippines-Lao PDR Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC).
In November 2008, Ambassador Buensuceso completed her tour of duty in Laos. Ambassador Marilyn J. Alarilla presented her credentials on 14 January 2009 to H.E. Choummaly Sayasone, President of the Lao PDR.
H.E. Maria Lumen B. Isleta is the current Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Lao PDR. She presented her credentials to H.E. President Sayasone in January 2012.
CONCLUDED BILATERAL AGREEMENTS
- MOU on Trade and Investment Cooperation (1994)
- Agreement on Agricultural and Forestry Cooperation (1997)
- Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation (1998)
- Agreement on Public Health Cooperation (1997)
- Memorandum of Agreement on Cooperation Against Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Abuses thereof (1997)
- Agreement on Cultural Cooperation (1998)
- Agreement on the Exemption from Visas for Holders of Ordinary Passports (2005)
- MOU on Technical Cooperation on Labour and Employment (2005)
- MOU for Technical Cooperation in the fields of Electric Plant Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Services and Rural Electrification (2006)
- MOU on the Documentary Film Production on the 450th Founding Anniversary of the City of Vientiane signed by the Laos Ministry of Information and Culture, the DFA and the Academe-Civil Society Network of Southeast Asia (2010)
- MOU between the PH Foreign Service Institute (FSI)and the Lao Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) (signed during Lao PM’s visit, 10 May 2012)
- MOU between the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports on Sports Cooperation (signed during Lao PM’s visit, 10 May 2012)
- MOU between the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and the National University of Laos (signed during Lao PM’s visit, 10 May 2012) (academic institutions)
- Cooperation Agreement between the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (signed during Lao PM’s visit, 10 May 2012) (private sector – signed by PCCI President Miguel Varela and LNCCI President Kissana Vongxay; and the Business Council Chairs of the Philippines and Laos)