6 na Pinoy seafarer na matagal nang stranded sa karagatan, nakauwi na — DFA  

Maris Federez   •   December 3, 2021   •   227

MANILA, Philippines — Nakauwi na sa Pilipinas ang anim na Filipino seafarer na ilang buwang stranded sa karagatan dahil naghigpit ng pagpapadaong ng mga barko sa Southern China bunsod ng banta ng COVID-19.

Sa mga larawang ibinahagi ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), dumating na kahapon sa bansa ang mga seafarer, sa pakikipagtulungan ng konsulada ng Pilipinas sa Shanghai, Xiamen, at Guanzhou sa China.

Gayunman, mayroong pa ring dalawampu’t tatlong tripulanteng Pilipinong stranded din sa China.

Kasalukuyan pang inaasikaso ng DFA ang mga ito para mapauwi na rin sa Pilipinas.

Ang mga naturang seafarer ay ilang buwan nang stranded sa karagatan matapos na tumigil sa operasyon ang kanilang sinasakyang Chinese-flagged vessels. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Joan Nano)

DFA monitors probe on death of a Filipino seafarer in Vanuatu Beach

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is keeping track of the ongoing investigation on the death of a Filipino seafarer whose body was found on the beach of Vanuatu, an island country in the South Pacific.

DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon-Abalos confirmed to reporters that a three-day suspension of outbound travel from the island of Efate in Vanuatu was prompted after the Filipino was found dead on the beach.

She said they have yet to confirm if the Filipino was positive for COVID-19.

“The Philippine Embassy in Australia, through the Philippine Consulate General in Vanuatu, has been in touch with the manning agency which has informed the seaman’s family,” Abalos said. “The embassy is closely monitoring this ongoing investigation of the seaman’s death. The embassy in Australia stands ready to provide the appropriate assistance on the repatriation of the remains.”

The victim’s manning agency is handling the investigation.  According to the law, the victim’s local manning agency should be responsible for the relatives of the deceased seafarer.

Consular services remain suspended in NCR Plus during extended ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the temporary suspension of Consular services in DFA offices in the National Capital Region and in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna.

This, after the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was extended in the said ‘NCR Plus’ areas from Monday (April 5) to Sunday (April 11).

Specifically, the affected DFA offices include the Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana, Parañaque City, Consular offices in Antipolo, Dasmariñas, Malolos, and San Pablo City.

Passport and authentication applicants of these Consular Offices affected by the ECQ declaration from March 29 to April 9 will be accommodated beginning from the week after ECQ is lifted.

Emails will be sent to concerned passport and authentication applicants with their new appointment schedule.
Affected applicants are advised to refer to the email and the agency’s public advisory on the accommodation schedule that will be followed in the link – https://bit.ly/3mupmGl.

“We again advise that schedules may still be subject to change if current ECQ restrictions continue or when local governments and mall partners which host these COs implement restrictions on access,” the DFA said in its advisory.

The DFA shall update its advisory should there be further changes.

These updates may be viewed at DFA’s official website https://consular.dfa.gov.ph.

DFA launches online appointment system for authentication services

Marje Pelayo   •   March 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched the online Apostille Appointment and Verification System on Tuesday (March 9).

Applicants who need to submit Philippine documents abroad will only need to apply for an Apostille certificate instead of having the documents authenticated at the foreign embassy or consulate. 

Once the document is issued an Apostille certificate, the applicant may submit the document directly to the concerned party.

The said online system is in line with the agency’s phasing out of the ‘red ribbon’ certificate.

“Authentication services are crucial for the Filipino public, particularly our OFWs and students abroad. It is for them that we continue to think of ways to do things better and make their lives a bit easier,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said.

The newly-launched system will allow applicants who wish to submit their documents for authentication at DFA Aseana to register for an appointment at http://dfa.gov.ph/apostille-appointment.

By April 2021, applicants may also register online for authentication appointments at select Consular Offices nationwide.

According to DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay Tuesday’s “launch of this online appointment system for authentication services is a concrete, tangible and self-evident example of how we operationalize this commitment [to an effective, efficient and timely delivery of consular services that are responsive to the needs of Filipinos here and abroad]”.

The step-by-step process of using the newly-launched online Apostille Appointment and Verification System may be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2POySaT

Those who wish to know more about the Authentication through Apostille may check https://tinyurl.com/DFAApostilleAuthentication.

For DFA’s Authentication services and which Consular Offices offer the service may visit the consular website.


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