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OUR COUNTRY

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast and complex Central African country, a country in the making reconstitution. The country is also called simply Congo or DR Congo or DRC but also “Congo-Kinshasa” to differentiate it from the neighboring Republic of Congo, itself called “Congo-Brazzaville” for the same reason. From 1908 to 1960, this former colony was called Belgian Congo but also “Congo-Léopoldville” until 1966, when the capital was renamed Kinshasa. With Zairianization, the country was called Zaire from 1971 to 1997.

Congo is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Eastern Shelf and corresponds to most of the Congo River Basin. The north of the country is one of the largest areas of equatorial forest in the world, the east of the country borders the Great East African Rift, area of mountains, hills, Great Lakes but also volcanoes. The south and center, domain of wooded savannahs, form a high plateau rich in minerals. In the far west, about forty kilometers north of the mouth of the Congo River stretches a coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The country shares borders with the enclave of Cabinda (Angola) and the Republic of Congo to the west, the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east, Zambia and Angola to the south.

Wealth of the DRC = Suffering of the Congolese
The Democratic Republic of Congo is endowed with an abundance of rare mineral resources from the north-east to the south-east of the country (coltan, diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, zinc, manganese …), very rich forest resources and fauna (gorillas, okapi …) and vast fertile soils suitable for agriculture (coffee, tobacco, tea …). According to Agora Vox, the energy potential, the mineral reserves of the fauna and flora and the Congolese subsoil (only immense agricultural possibilities), are full of scandalous mining potential, with as known reserves: 20 billion tons of manganese; 110 million tonnes of copper; 10.5 million tonnes of cobalt; 20 million tons of zinc; 15 million tons of iron; 40 million tons of gold; 150 million tons of niobium ores; 730 million tons of diamond carats; 750 thousand tons of cassiterite; 175,500 tons of lithium. In addition to these riches, nearly forty other raw materials, not yet evaluated.

OUR HOST COUNTRY

The Republic of the Philippines is the world’s second largest archipelago made up of over 7,100 islands. The country is divided into three key geographical areas. Luzon is the large island to the north on which the capital city Manila is located. Mindanao is the large island to the south. The Visayas are the group of islands lying between them in the middle. The Philippine’s flag has three stars on it to symbolize these three sections of the country.

The Philippine islands are surrounded by the Philippine, South China, Celebes, and Sulu Seas as well as the Luzon straight. This provides them with 36, 289 kilometers (22,540 miles) of coastline that includes natural harbors, beautiful coves, and spectacular sandy white beaches. The country has the fifth largest coastline of any country in the world.  Taiwan is directly to the north of the Philippines.

Located on the western edge of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, the Philippines has hundreds of volcanoes and an average of 20 earthquakes per day (most so faint they can’t be felt). The three most active volcanoes are Mount Pinatubo, the Taal Volcano, and the Mayon Volcano. From their Austronesian ancestors Filipinos are their famous “bayanihan”; a warm spirit of camaraderie and kinship they exhibit as a culture. From the Chinese comes their close emphasis on family ties and support. Their Catholic religion comes from the Spaniards who brought their Christian faith with them in the 1500s.

OUR MEMBERS

Congolese Community in the Philippines (CCP) is composed of young and dynamic people. Majority of our community members are below 40 years. The first members of our community were Roman Catholic religious missionaries sent to the Philippines. Then through them, many congolese knew about the Philippines. Currently, the community is divided into below categories.

Religious

The Congolese are religious people. The country, through different congregations sent several of his children on missions to the Philippines. The Congolese missionaries are spread throughout the country in parishes, schools, orphanages and charitable initiatives. The religious group comprises priests, religious, brothers and seminarians.

Professionals

Congolese are mainly employed in BPO ( Business Outsourcing Process) Companies due their language skills ( French and English). Although our bilingual skill help us get employed, our members gain experiences in different departments such customer service, Human Resource, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, and many more.

Entrepreneurs

We don't just work in the Philippines, but we invest also. One of the reasons why investing in the Philippines is a right move is because, the Philippines is a growing economies in the world with its strategic location and robust socioeconomic projects. Currently, some congolese are investing in the industries of education, Transportation, Food, and Retail.

Educators

Education is vital in almost every part of the world.Though every country has its education system, most nations would have a similar concept or equivalent qualification. In the Philippines, a thirteen-year education is mandatory by law. These thriteen years run from Kindergarten to grade 12. Afer which, students have the option of whether to pursue higher education or not. And we are proud of our congolese compatriots who are contributing to the education of filipinos and other foreign students in the Philippines.

Students

The Philippines is a great destination for foreigners, not just for travel but also for education. Many foreign students, specially those who are seeking undergraduate and graduate degree, are coming to the Philippines for a number of reasons such affordability, large number of English speaking population, internationally accredited universities, low cost of living and tuition compared to neighboring countries, opportunities for growth, friendly people.

Athletes

In the Philippines, Universities recruit foreigners athletes who can study and play mainly basketball during University Athletic Association of the Philippines competitions. Our community has representatives in different universities where we see our compatriots study and play under the colors of their universities.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is the official organ to which the General Assembly gives all the powers and rights to control and manage the affairs of the Community and to represent the Community in the Philippines and overseas.

PRESIDENT

Mr. Didier M. MBOMBO

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Mr. Reagan BAMPATA

FINANCE ADVISOR

Mr. Dieudonné LIMBAYA

PUBLIC AFFAIRS ADVISOR

Mr. Patrick KABANZA

HOME AFFAIRS ADVISER

Mr. Partick OKITO

SOCIAL NETWORK ADVISOR

Mr. Daniel MATSORO

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