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Phl Embassy in New Zealand conducts Mobile Consular Service

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:27 PM

The  Mobile Consular Service's staff of the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand render services to fellow Filipinos.

The Mobile Consular Service staff of the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand render service to fellow Filipinos.

NEW ZEALAND – The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand has brought the Mobile Consular Service to Ashburton, New Zealand. It has proven to be a great help to overseas Filipino workers.

Through the Philippine Embassy’s Mobile Consular Service, Filipinos abroad now find it easier to renew passports and to avail other services from our government.

Filipinos in Christchurch, New Zealand were delighted, especially those working in remote dairy farms, because the Embassy brought its services closer to their place.

Around 400 of our compatriots have availed the services not only from South Island but also those in the North Island.

Likewise, the Embassy is calling on our compatriots in New Zealand to exercise their rights to vote in the May 2016 elections.

(UNTV News)

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DFA warns Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after suicide bomb attack

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 09:02 AM

Libyan Foreign Ministry building on fire after a suicide bomb incident on Tuesday (December 25). Photo: Reuters

TRIPOLI, Libya – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has advised Filipinos in the country to be vigilant following the recent suicide bomb attack at Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday (December 25).

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the Embassy “wishes to reiterate to the public to take the necessary precaution” following the incident.

“The Embassy advises the public to continue to take utmost care and precaution, stay indoors as much as possible, and avoid all but the most necessary movements,” the statement further read.

Three suicide bombers attacked Libya’s foreign ministry killing at least two other people dead as well as themselves, according to authorities.

Health officials said at least 21 people were injured in the incident.

Witnesses accounts said the attackers began their assault with a car bomb, damaging vehicles and buildings, and then opened fire on the ministry.

Two managed to get inside and blow themselves up. The other was killed by ministry guards.

Interior Minister Fathi Ali Bashagha said investigations were continuing into the identity of the assailants.

He said security chaos in Libya offered favorable conditions for Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

“It is clear that this is a terrorist attack. So far no party has claimed responsibility for the attack. This terrorist attack will not stop us from progressing and building the nation. There need to be committees to investigate the weakened security and to implement security plans in order to be able to overcome the weakened security situation,” the Minister said in Arabic.

IS has been active in Libya in the turmoil since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The group took control of the coastal city of Sirte in 2015 but lost it late in 2016 to local forces backed by U.S. air strikes.

Following the suicide attack, the Philippines Embassy encourages Filipino nationals in Libya to communicate as it opens its lines “for whatever assistance they may need and that full staff complement is in Tripoli and ready to assist the community for any eventuality.”

“The Embassy requests the community’s support in reporting any incident involving Filipino nationals,” the Embassy said.

In the event of emergency, Filipinos may reach the Embassy through 0918244208 or Tripoli.PE@dfa.com. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Reuters)

Statement of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli on the recent suicide attack:

 

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Filipinos in Saudi Arabia reminded of punishment over spreading rumors, fake news

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 22 October 2018 03:44 AM

 

Saudi flag flying over consulate building | REUTERS

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has warned Filipinos in the Kingdom to “avoid producing, spreading, or sharing electronically, anything that compromises public order, religious values, public morals and privacy.”

In an advisory released October 17, the Embassy said the Saudi government considers these activities as cyber crimes.

Those who will be caught guilty of the practice will be punished with imprisonment of up to five years and payment of fines up to three million Saudi riyals or about P43 million.

The advisory further stated that similar penalty will be applied if rumors and fake news are prepared and shared electronically, or if said information remains stored in a computer and in various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Instagram among others. – Marje Pelayo

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More OFWs in Kuwait register for 2019 polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:24 AM

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait register for the overseas absentee voting program.

 

KUWAIT – The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is pleased to announce that it has surpassed its target of overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration by almost 50 percent.

The Embassy said there are more or less 260,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. To date, they already have registered more than 42,000 overseas voters.

 Actually, ang target natin mula noong December 2016 hanggang 2018 ay 28,834. From that date up to the present, ang registered na is 42,596 so na-reach na natin ang target natin,” said Charge d’ Affair, a.i. Mohd. Noordin P.N. Lomondot.

In 2016, around 49,000 OFWs in Kuwait voted in the presidential elections. Lomondot is confident that the voter’s turn out in the 2019 midterm polls will be higher among OFWs in the Gulf State.

The Embassy is continuously encouraging Filipinos in Kuwait who were not able to vote in the past two consecutive elections to reactivate their registration to be able to join the elections next year.

The last day of the overseas registration is on September 30, 2018.

Overseas registration hits 1.6 million mark – DFA

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs- Overseas Voting Secretariat is confident that before the deadline, the agency will be able to register around 1.9 million potential overseas voters in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

As of May 2018, the agency has registered more than 1.6 million Filipino voters in different countries, already surpassing the previous record of 1.376 million absentee voters for to the 2016 Presidential Elections. – Sonny Delos Reyes / Marje Pelayo

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