Officials and representatives of the Filipino community in Singapore gathered at the chancery of the Philippine Embassy on August 23 for their regular meeting with Embassy officials and to take part in celebrations of key events for the month of August, such as the International Day of World’s Indigenous People’s on August 9, Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21, National Heroes Day on August 25, and Buwan ng Wika.
The Philippine Delegation, headed by Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, highlighted the Philippine Government’s achievements in the field of social development during the Third Session of the Committee on Social Development (CSD3) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) which was held from August 18 to 20 in Bangkok.
The third Government-chartered plane left Manila for Tunis, Tunisia yesterday in order to bring home over 400 Filipino nationals who were evacuated from Libya. DFA, DOLE, and OWWA representatives will meet the repatriates at the airport to brief and render assistance, including the provision of fares and/or transportation to the repatriates’ hometowns/provinces.
There is no truth to the rumor that the words “Not Valid for Travel to Libya” are being stamped on Philippine passports.
Philippines-New Zealand bilateral relations took another major step forward on August 12, with the holding of the Bilateral Consultations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Wellington. A nine-member inter-agency delegation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Tariff Commission, Intellectual Property Office-Philippines (IPOPhl), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) was led by DTI Assistant Secretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo of the Industry Development Group (IDG).
The Philippine Government, through the combined efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), chartered a ship and two Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to bring home 766 Filipinos from Libya.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Manila clarified that Russian sanctions do not affect Philippine companies. It emphasized that Russia advocates free and transparent market global economy.
Ambassador Hernandez presented his letter of credence signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Republic of Korea as well as the letter of recall of his predecessor in brief ceremonies at the Audience Room of the presidential Blue House.
This was the third group of Filipino families to leave the territory in the last month due to the ongoing armed conflict. So far, a total of 33 Filipinos and their dependents have been evacuated from Gaza.
The first 47 OFWs will arrive today at 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) in Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board QR926, while the next 21 OFWs are set to arrive tomorrow, August 12, at 9:45 a.m. on board QR930 at Clark International Airport. These arrivals will bring the total number of Filipino repatriates from Libya to 1,625.