Kumusta kabayan? Hello from Random Republika. In today’s world full of mostly controversial and heart-wrenching news, we have taken a new initiative to write about inspirational features and stories that bring good vibes especially to our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) community in Singapore.
We’ve dedicated this new section in our website, Kabayan Guide, to bring you purely good news from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore and from various organizations here.
Here’s what we have this week (notes from the FilCom meeting at the embassy held last 22 July 2017):
- OFW ID: For faster and more efficient transactions concerning various government bodies and select private agencies, the iDOLE ID will serve as the official OFW card of Filipinos working abroad. This will be the primary card to be used for travel clearance/OEC. The ID will undergo a 3-month trial run before its official public release (no specific timelines released yet).
- 10-year Passport Validity: Back in May 2017, the senate has already approved the extension of the Philippine passport validity from five to 10 years. However, those under 18 years old shall be issued passports with five-year validity only. The bill is now ready for President Duterte’s signature to officially turn it into law.
- Embassy Plans: The Philippine Embassy in Singapore has plans of enclosing and air-conditioning its outdoor receiving area where most embassy transactions are currently done (e.g. matters relating to passports, OEC, OWWA, etc.). Timelines are to be confirmed.
- Singapore Remains as One of the Top Investors in the Philippines: Second to the Netherlands, Singapore reported the highest investments in the Philippines (amounting to 4.3 billion) placed in various sectors such as retail, tourism services, information & communication technology, manufacturing, etc.
- Singapore Red Cross Bazaar: The Philippine Embassy in Singapore will be participating in the Singapore Red Cross Bazaar which is happening on September 23-24, 2017. Everyone’s encouraged to donate items to be sold at the event (details to be announced via the Philippine Embassy page soon) and to also visit the bazaar to buy & donate money. Red Cross aims to raise funds for their various charity activities.
- Phil Art Trek 2017: Around 6-7 Filipino artists will be once again featured in various art galleries in Singapore for the 11th edition of Phil Art Trek (October 6-7, 2017).
- Letters for our Soldiers in Marawi: The embassy encourages our kababayans in Singapore to write letters of hope and encouragement to all our soldiers who are currently deployed in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. These soldiers are still currently engaged in an ongoing armed conflict against militants. Your letters can be sent to the Philippine Military Attaché in Singapore via email ([email protected]).