Former House speaker Jose de Venecia mourned the passing of Paul G. Schafer, who served as the resident representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) for 27 years.
“On behalf of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI), and my own family, we join your Family and the Hanns Seidel Foundation on the passing of our beloved friend and friend of the Philippines and Asia – Paul G. Schafer,” de Venecia said in a statement.
He said Schafer introduced and promoted Christian Democracy in the Philippines and Asia and was one of the co-founders of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
“Mr. Schafer, who served as Resident Representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Philippines for 27 years, led the successful implementation of HSF’s various projects in the country, among which are the German Dual Technology Program and the Philippine Countryside Program. Under his leadership, the Hanns Seidel Foundation helped contribute to the socio-economic development in the Philippines, strengthening of democratic institutions, and enhanced partnership between the government and the private sector,” he said.
“Mr. Schafer will be missed, for his valuable contributions promoted understanding, cooperation, empowerment, and friendship,” de Venecia added.