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

Maris Federez   •   June 24, 2019   •   752

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

Locsin orders filing of diplomatic protest vs Chinese warships sighted in Sibutu Strait

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered the filing of diplomatic protest regarding the Chinese warships that were seen in Sibutu Strait.

On his twitter post, Locsin said that what the Chinese warships did was a clear act of trespassing.

Based on the report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WMC), two Chinese warships were spotted in Sibutu Strait in July and three this August.

The DFA chief said it is but rightful for the country to file another diplomatic protest as China had once again encroached on the Philippine seas. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DFA warns Filipino jobseekers against recruitment to Libya

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has warned Filipino job seekers against individuals in the Philippines who have been recruiting workers to Libya.

The DFA emphasized through the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli that recruitment, processing, and deployment of Filipinos in the Philippines or abroad remains suspended for all jobs in Libya.

“The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has also informed the Embassy that it has not issued any approval to any individual or agency in the Philippines and in Libya to recruit and deploy nurses, engineers, and other workers to Libya,” the Embassy added.

According to the advisory, only Filipinos with existing work contracts and certificates of exemption from the Embassy and those who are on vacation in the Philippines are allowed to return to Libya.

Amid the escalating civil war in Libya, the Embassy said it is currently working with Libyan authorities to ensure the safety and security of Filipino workers in the North African state.

The Embassy reminds Filipinos recruiting jobseekers to Libya from the Philippines and other countries that they are liable for violating the law in accordance with the Anti-Trafficking Persons Act and the Migrant Workers Act.

The DFA encourages the public to report such illegal activities to the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or other concerned agencies of the government in the Philippines.

Those abroad may report to the Philippine Embassy and Consulates in their host countries for any act of illegal recruitment to the conflict-stricken nation.

DFA to accept postal ID for passport applications starting August

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2019

Philippine passport

MANILA, Philippines — To further ease the burden of passport applications, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it will start accepting the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) ID as a valid government-issued ID beginning August 1, 2019.

On its official social media page, the DFA said it has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with PhlPost on July 8, 2019 on the acceptance of postal ID as a valid ID for passport application.

Likewise, the DFA said the MOA provides the establishment of the Postal ID Online Verification System (POVS).

POVS is a software application that facilitates the easy verification of the PhlPost ID.

Based on its list of required IDs, the DFA only accepts government-issued picture IDs.

Here is a list of primary ID cards accepted for passport application:

  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • Government Service Insurance System(GSIS)
  • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
  • Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
  • PhlPost (postal) ID
  • School ID (for students)
  • Residence Card/Host Government Issued ID showing their PH citizenship (For applicants based overseas)

For complete list of requirements for passport applications, visit the DFA’s official website here.

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