Ambassador's Profile

His Excellency Dr. BIENVENIDO V. TEJANO is the 7th Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (AEP) of the Republic of the Philippines to New Zealand.

Prior to his posting in Wellington in August 2005, Ambassador Tejano served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 1998. During his stint as AEP in Papua New Guinea, Ambassador Tejano introduced Rice Development Technology to the country that created a nationwide awareness of the viability of rice production among the people of PNG. He also introduced the use of Philippine indigenous equipment such as the "kuliglig", the hand tractor, the portable rice mill and even the Philippine jeepney as a mode of public transportation. These contributions were acknowledged by the PNG government as it made PNG a successful rice producing country.

At the height of the civil war in the Solomon Islands in 1999, Ambassador Tejano led the Philippine Embassy in Port Moresby in rescuing about 200 entrapped Filipino workers in the Solomon Islands and successfully repatriated them to the Philippines. He also acted as the chief negotiator during the mutiny staged by 215 seamen in the high seas that resulted in the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the eventual repatriation of the Filipino seamen to the Philippines.

Ambassador Tejano holds a Doctoral Degree in Public Service (Honoris Causa) and a Masteral Degree in Public Health from the Adventist University of the Philippines and a Masteral Degree in Health Science from the Philippine Union College. With his extensive academic background in public health and service, he founded the Total Health Mission Foundation, Inc. and served as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Drug Abuse, Prevention and Education of the Dangerous Drugs Board of the Philippine, and also served as Chairman of the Religious Organizations for the Coalition of Smoke-Free Philippines.

As a strong advocate against drug abuse and trafficking, Ambassador Tejano attended international meetings such as the 21st Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, the 8th and 9th World Congress of the International Commission for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hamburg, Germany, respectively. In 1998, he attended the Advanced Drug Investigations conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administrations Training Staff in New Orleans, U.S.A. and enrolled in the Summer School of Addictions at Andrews University in Michigan, U.S.A. in 1996. He also organized national rallies in the Philippines such as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking of Drugs, the Drug Prevention Week and the Anti-Drug Rally at Quirino Grandstand.

Ambassador Tejano is also a prominent leader of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He holds board membership at the Manila Sanitarium Hospital, the Palawan Adventist Hospital, the Cagayan Valley Sanitarium and Hospital, the Total Health Mission International (USA), and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. In his capacity as Director of Public Affairs and Religions Liberty - Philippines he joined the 4th World Congress on Religious Liberty in Pluralistic Society in Rio Palace Hotel, Rio de Janiero, Brazil in June 1997.

President Fidel V. Ramos and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recognized Ambassador Tejano for spearheading various community health development projects and medical missions in the Philippines.

Ambassador Tejano hails from Manapas, Northern Samar. He is married to Dr. Linalyn Lumalang Labador, a medical doctor of Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. They are blessed with two sons, Francis John and Ron Michael and two daughters, Bienalyn and Ma. Luisa Barbara.

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