DFA advises Filipinos in Tunisia to remain vigilant after blasts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2019   •   757

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised Filipinos in Tunisia to remain vigilant after reports of two explosions on Thursday (June 27).

According to initial reports, one explosion involved a suicide bomber near the French Embassy and the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Police. The second blast reportedly came from a car bomb.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli call on Filipinos to avoid the affected areas for their safety.

“The Embassy requests all Filipino nationals in Tunis to remain vigilant, avoid these areas and take the necessary precautions,” their statement reads.

Filipnos who need assistance can contact the Interim Legation and the Philippine Consulate in Tunis may be reached at +216 50 926 251.—AAC

DFA monitors welfare of 13 Pinoy seafarers abducted off Cameroon coast

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine government is closely monitoring the status of the 13 Filipino seafarers who were reportedly abducted off the waters of Cameroon.

In a statement, the DFA confirmed that the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria is currently working to verify the report.

Embassy officials, likewise, were given instructions to make representations with the concerned authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers held in the piracy incident off the coast of Cameroon.

The Department of Foreign Affairs assured that it is in close contact with the seafarer’s manning agency and their families for updates of the case.

DFA announces adjustments in passport delivery, release

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2019

Philippine passports

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) issued an advisory on Sunday (August 18) regarding adjustments on delivery and release of passports due to system upgrade.

In its advisory, the DFA said the system upgrade in its ePassport system takes effect immediately until September 2019 when the upgrading process is expected to complete.

Once the system is improved, the DFA said, regular passport processing will now take 15 working days instead of the current 12 working days for all consular offices (CO) nationwide.

Expedited processing, meanwhile, will now take eight working days for applications processed at DFA Aseana and CO in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Applications processed in COs outside the NCR will take 10 working days, once the system resumes operation.

Philippines, Singapore issue travel advisories to Hong Kong

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

Hong Kong Police arrests anti-government protesters

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday (August 16) advised Filipino travelers who have no urgent business in Hong Kong to avoid Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as destination or transit airport for the meantime as public unrest continuous to escalate.

The DFA reiterates in a statement that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is closely monitoring the developments in the autonomous territory in relation to the ongoing protests in several areas there.

LIST of protest areas and schedule of demonstrations

Likewise, the Department advised Filipino travelers departing from Hong Kong to contact their respective airlines at least five hours before their scheduled flights for sudden changes and adjustments in their flight schedule.

Following are the airlines’ hotlines in Hong Kong:

  • Philippine Airlines: (+852) 2769.7123
  • Cebu Pacific: (+852) 3973.3800
  • Cathay Pacific: (+852) 2747.3333

Meanwhile, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also issued a travel advisory to its citizens to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong, given current developments.

Singaporeans who are already in Hong Kong are advised to take the necessary precautions for their safety and are reminded to be vigilant at all times.

MOFA also encourages Singaporeans in Hong Kong to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/  for immediate coordination should the need arises.

Further details on the MOFA advisory can be viewed here.

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