Standing along Roxas Boulevard and facing beautiful Manila Bay is the Department of Foreign Affairs, also commonly known as the DFA. As the Department that frames and executes the country's foreign policy, the DFA is the bulwark of the Philippines, an archipelagic nation, when it comes to its relations with the international community and other foreign actors on the global stage.
In the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the most important provisions that pertain to Philippine foreign policy are these:
Meanwhile, Republic Act No. 7157, otherwise known as the "Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991", gives mandate to the Department of Foreign Affairs to implement the three (3) pillars of the Philippine Foreign Policy, as follows:
To carry out its mandate, at home and overseas, the DFA relies on the men and women of the Philippine Foreign Service. They are the country's representatives abroad and the principal instruments in articulating and defending the national interest, who are guided always by the DFA mission, vision and core values:
Adapted from the Department of Foreign Affairs website.
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