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DFA raises alert level in Sudan due to ongoing civil unrest

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday (June 14) announced that it raised the alert level in Sudan to Alert Level 2 on June 7, following the ongoing civil unrest in the capital of Khartoum and other areas of the country.

In a statement released by the DFA, it said: “Alert Level 2 or Restriction Phase is issued if there are real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country.”

“Filipinos who remain in the country where Alert Level 2 is in effect are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation,” the statement added.

The agency added that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will only allow the return of overseas Filipino workers who have existing employment contracts and in consideration of “other special circumstances”.

Filipinos in Sudan in need of assistance are urged to contact the Philippine embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers (+202) 252-13062 or through its Facebook Page.

They may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Khartoum at (+249) 183-468717 or (+249) 183-468716.

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Phl appeals to Israeli gov’t to treat overstaying Filipinos in humane, sensitive manner

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

Filipino migrant workers welcome President Rodrigo Duterte during his state visit to Israel on Sept 03, 2018 | Courtesy: RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has appealed to the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner. 

The appeal stemmed from a report that the department received on the scheduled deportation of Filipino workers from Israel.

In a statement it released last Friday (June 21), the DFA said that “while the Philippines respects Israeli laws, it reiterates its request for the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner, since children may be involved.”

It added, however, that the department has called on “Filipinos in Israel to observe the host country’s laws.”

The DFA also confirmed that “the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is already coordinating with the Population and Border Authority (PIBA) to facilitate the repatriation of overstaying Filipinos and their families.”

It added that PIBA “will provide repatriation tickets to those who are endorsed by the Embassy.”

The DFA also reiterates that it is “ready to provide the necessary assistance to affected Filipinos, and is working with other government agencies on reintegration programs for those who will be repatriated.”

“Affected Filipinos are requested to proceed to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv to receive (an) orientation on the repatriation program as well as government reintegration services,” the press statement added. /mbmf

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Phl Embassy in Russia sends field voting teams in Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta has once again denied reports that the number of ballots and other election paraphernalia is not enough for the registered voters in Russia, as well as, the other states of Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Ambassador Sorreta stated that the primary problem they encountered is the distance of each country from Russia and that the Filipinos in these countries are scattered. He assured, however, that the number of ballots and election paraphernalia is enough to cover all the Filipino voters.

Aside from sending ballots through the mail, Sorreta said that the embassy has also sent field voting team to assist the Filipino voters in selecting their bets.

He added that, “Mayroon din tayong consular services na binigay. So marami po tayong nakuhang botante. Yun ho yung pinaka malaking problema. Tungkol naman po sa mga gamit, kumpleto naman po ang mga balota at mga parepernalya at mga form na pinadala ng Comelec. Yun lang po ang problema at napakalaki po ng Russia at kalat po ang Filipino sa Russia sa Armenia tsaka sa Kazakstan at sa Belarus.”

[We also provide consular services. And we have recorded a large number of voters. That’s the biggest problem. As for the (election) materials, the ballots, forms, and other paraphernalia that Comelec sent are complete. The problem is that Russia is so big and Filipinos are scattered in Armenia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.]

Russia has a total number of 2,082 registered overseas Filipino worker (OFW) voters and the majority of them are in Moscow, while the others are based in Saint Petersburg, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Yakutsk.

The embassy expects that Monday’s voter turnout will increase as this is also the last day of the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV), which started on April 13. (with reports from Catherine Martinez, UNTV Moscow) /mbmf

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DFA to affix ‘Apostille’ instead of ‘red ribbons’ starting May 14

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised the public that it will no longer issue authentication certificates starting Tuesday next week.

This is in accordance with the Apostille Convention on Authentication of Documents that will take effect in the Philippines on May 14, 2019.

“After authentication by the DFA, there is no more need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country or territory of destination of the authenticated document is already a member of the Apostille Convention,” DFA said in an advisory Tuesday (May 7).

Instead, the agency will affix an “Apostille” or a certificate giving a public document a legal effect for use in other countries.

Meanwhile, documents issued in Apostille member countries and territories (except Austria, Finland, Germany and Greece) which will be used in the Philippines no longer need authentication from Philippine Embassy or Consulate General once Apostillized.

The DFA clarified, however, that public documents coming from countries and territories not part of the Apostille Convention need to undergo the previous authentication process.

READ: List of Apostille-contracting parties

“Documents still have to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General before they can be used in the Philippines,” the advisory said.

“Also, there is still a need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country of destination of the authenticated document is not yet a member of the Apostille Convention,” it added.

Authentication fees will remain at P100 for regular processing and P200 for expedited processing per document. – Marje Pelayo

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