PHL Consul General facilitates Philippine-Indonesia trade through liberalization of trade restrictions

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade officially released its updated regulations (via Ministry of Trade Regulation No. 36/M-DAG/PER/7/2014) on July 3 of allowing the entry of three classes of goods into Bitung Port: Food and Beverages; Electronics; and Garments due to the longstanding efforts of the Philippine Consulate General in Manado and local government and private sector stakeholders. Previously, international shipments of said goods, including from the Philippines, were barred from entry into Bitung Port.


14-day curfew imposed in waters off Sabah

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed by local authorities at waters adjoining six Sabah east coast districts as part of efforts to strengthen security measures in these areas. The six districts where the curfew is in place include waters off Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau.


DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Israel and West Bank

The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised the Alert Level in Israel and the West Bank to Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) in view of the threats to security posed by the continued conflict between Israel and Hamas. Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation) remains raised in Gaza. The Philippine Government continues to implement mandatory repatriation of Filipino nationals from Gaza.


DFA appeals to all OFWs remaining in Libya to return home immediately

Alert Level 4 has been raised due to the latest security developments in Libya, the increasing violence and lawlessness, the closure of major airports, the heightened security threat to Filipinos, particularly in Benghazi, where a Filipino worker was kidnapped on July 15 and confirmed dead yesterday. These events indicate that it is no longer safe for our OFWs to remain in Libya. For their own safety, the DFA urges them to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to register for repatriation.


Secretary del Rosario meets with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister

The two ministers took note of the successful State Visit to the Philippines of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on May 23, during which several agreements between the two countries were signed, including the Agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia Concerning the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone, the Philippines’ first maritime boundary delimitation treaty. It was also during the State Visit that the 1st Plenary Meeting of the Joint Working Groups on Philippines-Indonesia Cooperation was convened.