53 Filipinos stranded in Israel back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2020   •   320

MANILA, Philippines – A group of 53 Filipinos who were repatriated from Israel has arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement on Monday, the DFA said the repatriates landed in Manila on Friday after leaving Istanbul on Oct. 1.

The Filipinos were assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv under the voluntary repatriation program (VRP) of Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA), the department added.

The flight included six senior citizens, a student, a lady with a medical case, and a one-and-a-half-month-old baby born in Israel who was issued an emergency travel document by the embassy.

The embassy said Filipinos have long wanted to go home but were stranded in the country due to the global pandemic and the series of lockdowns imposed by the Israeli government.

“Many of them have overstayed their visas in Israel, and I am glad that they will be able to at last reunite with their families after a long absence,” Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial said.

Imperial said the embassy and Israel’s immigration authority have been working together since last year to ensure orderly treatment for Filipino with no valid visas to enable their return to the Philippines.

“The embassy evaluates the applications and endorses them to PIBA, for further assessment and approval,” he said.

“VRP grantees are exempt from arrest and detention, and are provided free plane tickets to the Philippines,” he added.

The ambassador also expressed gratitude to Filipinos who have provided assistance to stranded fellowmen and those affected by the lockdowns.

The DFA said the second batch of 36 VRP grantees from Tel Aviv is expected to arrive in Manila on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

DFA Consular Office in Malolos to resume operations on Jan. 28

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Consular Office in Malolos, Bulacan will resume its operations on January 28 after its temporary suspension for disinfection.

In an advisory, the DFA said the consular office will also undergo implementation of other preventive measures to manage risks against COVID-19. Individuals with appointments were advised to secure another appointment by emailing malolos.gc@gmail.com with the following information:

– Name
– Date of Birth
– Original appointment date and time
– Preferred date and time of new appointment
The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from 28 January to 28 February 2021 during the CO’s regular operation hours (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).

Meanwhile, applicants who will be needing emergency or urgent consular services may contact CO Malolos at malolos.gc@gmail.com. AAC

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49 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday reported 48 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 13,828.

Eight more overseas Filipinos have recovered from the infection, raising the the total number of recoveries to 8,828.

No new fatality was reported, keeping the tally at 945. 

Most of these cases were recorded in the Middle East and Africa.

To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 84.

The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, continues to partner with host governments to ensure the safety and well-being of Filipino nationals abroad amid the pandemic.

9 more overseas Filipinos contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that as of Thursday (January 21), nine more Filipinos abroad tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos to 13,633.

Three more Filipinos abroad have recovered from the virus, bringing the total tally of recoveries to 8,748.

A total of 3,941 Filipinos in different areas overseas are undergoing treatment, the DFA said.

All new positive cases and recoveries were reported in Asia and the Pacific and Europe. 

Meanwhile, no new fatality was recorded.

The DFA vows it shall continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos, and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible, as the pandemic continues. 

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