The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines are advising Filipinos staying and residing in the Middle East, especially in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to take the following precautionary measures against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).
The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand conducted a consular outreach program in the popular tourist haven of Phuket on March 8, 2014.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that, effective today, April 15, nationals of seven additional countries will now enjoy visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of stay of 30 days. These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) conducted a goodwill visit to Brunei Darussalam on April 5-7, 2014, after participating in the multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief naval exercise dubbed “Komodo 2014” in Batam, Indonesia from March 28 to April 3.
The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates held its second weekend mobile consular service in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) last April 11.
“The Philippines is ready to host the 2nd Disaster Response Dialogue (DRD) in Manila on September 11-12, 2014,” Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, assured the other DRD proponents during the DRD High Level Preparatory Meeting in Geneva from April 9 to 10.
The Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, recently became the 44th country to join the International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory.
Ambassador Paez stressed that physical distance between the two countries should not be a barrier to bilateral trade.
The Philippine Embassy, Washington D.C., is bringing Filipinos in the United States closer to home with the launching this week of its virtual radio station that allows it to deliver news, music, and other information to mobile phones.
“Our flag carriers can now push through with their plans to expand their operations and serve our people in various parts of the United States,” Secretary Del Rosario said as he commended the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for addressing FAA’s concerns and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. for working closely with the agency on the matter.