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

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2019   •   10650

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

DFA advised Filipinos in Iraq to keep safe amid unrest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2019

Iraqi protesters take part in an anti-Iraq government protest in the al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad, Iraq, 04 October 2019 (issued on 07 October 2019). A wave of unrest and violent protests in Iraq have left at least 100 people dead and thousands injured. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is again reminding Filipinos in Iraq to take the necessary precautions in view of the ongoing unrest there.

Filipinos, especially those living and working in Baghdad, are advised to remain indoors and to avoid unnecessary travels especially in areas where demonstrations are taking place, the DFA said.

Likewise, Filipinos are advised to make sure that they have stored enough food and water should demonstrations escalate and to call the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad if they require assistance.

Meanwhile, the DFA is requesting families in the Philippines to relay its advisory to their next of kin working in Iraq in view of the interruption in communication services.

They can also go to the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs or the nearest DFA offices should they need assistance, the DFA said.

Iraqi protesters go to the streets to air their opposition against what they call “decades of corruption” under Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

They are demanding for the prime minister’s resignation to give way to a total overhaul of the country’s political system.

PH gov’t imposes OFW total deployment ban to South Sudan

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019

Sudanese people wave national flags and South Sudan flag as they celebrate after signing the constitutional declaration between the ruling military council and protest movement, in Khartoum, Sudan, 04 August 2019. EPA-EFE/MARWAN ALI

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government on Monday (Oct. 7) has implemented a total ban on the deployment of workers to South Sudan amid escalating violence in the North African region.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the imposition of the deployment ban is due to the “unstable peace and security situation,” which “threatens the safety of Filipino workers” in the said area.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the development comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the crisis alert level to level four.

Citing information from the DFA, the alert in South Sudan was raised from level two “due to the upsurge in violence that erupted between the forces allied with President Salva Kiir and the Protection Unit from the SPLA in Operation (SPLA-IO) of Vice President Riek Machar.”

Alert level 4 means mandatory repatriation of Filipino workers in the affected area.

DOLE said a resolution has been issued by the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration stating its decision to “impose a total ban on the processing and deployment of all OFWs bound for South Sudan, until further notice.”

The resolution also noted the confirmation from the DFA that South Sudan is non-compliant on the review of Posts Certification pursuant to Section 3 of Republic Act (RA) 10022 due to the current unstable peace and order on the country.

RA 10022 provides that DFA should issue a certification specifying the countries compliance with any of the conditions on the deployment of Filipino workers.

DFA warns against illegal recruiters anew as it repatriates 158 trafficked OFWs

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated on Sunday (October 6) its warning to Filipinos seeking employment abroad against the use of tourist or visit visas to secure overseas jobs.

The agency said such practice will only expose Filipino applicants to abuse and exploitation by their employers.

The Department added that they have been receiving reports regarding illegal recruiters using a third or fourth country— usually where visa is not required for Filipinos — as transit points to send Filipino workers to banned destinations.

On Sunday, the DFA welcomed 158 OFWs repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 74 of them from Abu Dhabi and 84 others from Dubai.

“These workers were found to have left the country using short-term visit visas and were promised to be issued with work visas by illegal recruiters,” said Consul General to Dubai Paul Raymund Cortes.

“Many of them were overworked, suffered maltreatment, and experienced contract violations by their employer,” he added.

The DFA shouldered the maintenance and operating expenses of government shelters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as the cost of processing of the OFWs’ exit visas, their airfare to Manila and to their respective home provinces.

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