DFA office in Cubao closed for one-day disinfection

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2020   •   215

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised the public to defer visits to its Consular Office in NCR Northeast (Ali Mall Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City) as it is closed on Wednesday (July 15). 

The temporary closure is to give way for the disinfection of the office premises and implementation of other preventive measures to manage and prevent risks against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Consular Office will resume its operations the following day, Thursday, 16 July.

Affected applicants who have prior appointments and schedules today will be accommodated until August 14 during regular office hours.

The DFA requests the public’s understanding and cooperation as the country continues to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte admin to pursue friendly bilateral relations with Malaysia despite Sabah dispute

Marje Pelayo   •   July 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration will pursue the country’s friendly bilateral relations with Malaysia.

This was the response of Malacañang after Malaysia announced its intention to summon the Philippine’s ambassador in Malaysia over the controversial remarks of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin.

On July 27, Locsin posted in his tweet that “Sabah is not in Malaysia” in reaction to a post by the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hisshammudin Hussein countered Locsin saying his comment was ‘irresponsible’, whereafter he summoned the Philippine ambassador.

Locsin stressed that he is asserting the Philippines’ rights over Sabah just as the country is defending and asserting the rights of the Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea.

Locsin replied that he will also summon the Malaysian ambassador in Manila on the matter.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque meanwhile said that despite the unresolved territorial dispute on Sabah, the country will maintain friendly bilateral relations with its Southeast Asian neighbor.

READ: DFA denies giving up claim on Sabah

“This unresolved territorial dispute, as you correctly said has been dormant […] It has not affected our friendly bilateral relations and we will definitely maintain this friendly bilateral relations despite and in spite of this unresolved dispute,” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DFA main building in Roxas Blvd. reopens July 30

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reopened its main building in Roxas Boulevard Pasay City on Thursday (30 July) following the Department’s review of public health and safety measures currently in place and the adoption of additional measures for the protection of its personnel.

For updates regarding services and announcements, the Department encourages the public to visit any of the DFA’s media platforms: DFA website, Facebook page or Twitter.

DFA main building in Roxas Blvd. temporarily closed until further notice

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that its main building in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City will be temporarily closed beginning Tuesday (July 28) until further notice.

The measure is part of the Department’s assessment of public health and safety regulations currently in place.

After 48 hours of assessment, the Department will make another announcement on whether it will reopen soon.

The DFA, however, advised the public that the agency’s Consular Office in ASEANA and all other Consular Offices will remain open for service, in accordance with their publicized operating hours.

For updates, the public is advised further to check on DFA’s online platforms: 

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