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Filipina Awarded Knighthood by The Netherlands for Dutch-Filipino Agri Advocacies

A Filipina agriculturist was awarded a knighthood by the Netherlands on Monday, April 26, 2021, for her invaluable efforts in promoting Dutch-Filipino relations.

Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc was awarded the Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Saskia de Lang, Ambassador of the Embassy of The Netherlands in the Philippines to recognize her efforts in transforming Philippine agriculture and boosting the productivity of local farmers.

The Order of Orange-Nassau is awarded to individuals for longstanding meritorious service to society.

“I am very proud to announce that it has pleased His Majesty King Willem-Alexander to award a Knighthood on a leading personality of the Dutch-Filipino community. It is a recognition of exceptional merit to The Netherlands.”

Strong ties have been developed between the Philippines and The Netherlands with regards to trade, investments, agricultural technology, and knowledge transfer in the agri-food sector.

At present, Dr. Sayoc active in various agricultural and Dutch-Filipino organizations. While being public affairs lead for East-West Group, she also heads the Philippine-Dutch Fellows Network, Inc. and the Philippine Seed Industry Association (PSAI).

“We are extremely happy and proud to announce that our very own DCCP chairwoman Mary Ann Pelagio Sayoc has been decorated as a member of the Order of Orange-Nassau,” the DCCP said.


“This Dutch order of chivalry is a token of merit for her continuous effort to strengthen Dutch-Philippine relations through various initiatives including as a founding member of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.”

Sayoc currently holds the position of chairwoman at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines Inc. (DCCP) and is a board member of the institution since 2014.

SOURCE: Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines, DCCP

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