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Invitation to apply for Eligibility and to Bid

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:51 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the:





Philippine Embassy in Seoul Warns Filipinos of Illegal Marriage Brokers Operating in RP

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:10 AM PDT

3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul warned Filipinos to refrain from using illegal match-making agencies in contracting marriages to Korean nationals.

Philippine Republic Act 6955, or the Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law, makes it illegal for a “person, natural or juridical, association, club or any other entity” to “establish or carry on a business which has for its purpose the matching of Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals either on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction.”

Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Luis T. Cruz said that in recent months, the embassy has received many complaints from Filipina wives of abuses committed by their foreign husbands which have resulted to abandonment of the marital home, separation and divorce.

These complainants entered into marriage through the services of illegal marriage brokers operating in the Philippines. Many were quick to accept the whirlwind marriage in order to seek employment abroad and have better opportunities in life. However, they receive false information on the partner’s family background and face abuses after the marriage.

While international marriage broker agencies are legal in South Korea, they cannot legally operate as such in the Philippines because it violates R.A. 6955.

As of April 2009, some 6,000 Filipinos married to South Koreans reside in the peninsula.

Earlier, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) reported that fake CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificates and Registration Stickers were being sold by so-called recruitment agencies or marriage brokers. The documents appear to show that the women are married to foreign nationals and therefore can leave for work abroad..

CFO stated that such activities violate the Anti-Mail Order Bride Law and the Anti-Human Trafficking Law (RA 9208), which provide stiff fines and long prison terms.

Filipino spouses and partners of foreign nationals are required to undergo the Guidance and Counseling Program of the CFO prior to applying for a Philippine passport. There are only two counseling service providers accredited by the CFO namely, the St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation (SMEF-COW) and the People’s Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization (PRISM). After complying with the counseling requirements, a certificate is issued to the Filipina spouse or partner of a foreign national. END



No Filipino Hurt in West Java Quake

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 01:54 AM PDT

PR-695-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta reported today that there was no Filipino hurt in the 7.3-magnitude earthquake in West Java last September 2.

Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Vidal E. Querol said only Indonesians were reported as casualties by local media agencies.

The earthquake hit West Java shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday. The epicentre was around 30 kilometers under the sea and located 142 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya.

Ambassador Querol said the tremors were strongly felt by officers and staff of the Embassy, who had to rush out of their offices.

At least 32 deaths have been reported, over 1,300 homes damaged, and at least 12 individuals wounded. Most of the fatalities were caused by falling debris and were reported in Tasikmalaya, Cianjur, Banjar and Garut.

There are some 7,000 Filipinos in Indonesia, most of whom reside in Metropolitan Jakarta. END



RP Embassy in Ottawa makes final push for OAV

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:45 PM PDT

PR-693-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Ottawa reported that it conducted overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration in the French-Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec on 22-23 August..

Some 10,000 Filipinos live in the province of Quebec, approximately 7,000 of whom are residents of Montreal. Most Filipinos living in the city work in the service industry, many of whom are caregivers, especially those who are newly-arrived.

The Embassy’s OAV registration was held at the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Montreal and Suburbs, which is located in downtown Montreal. The association has been a consistent partner of the Embassy in extending consular services to Montreal.

The OAV team was led by Minister and Consul General Joseph Gerard B.. Angeles, who was joined by Ms. Edna Pataunia, Atty. Alvar E. Rosales, and Ms. Buenaflor K. Cruz.

On August 25, Consul General Angeles and Atty. Rosales were special guests of Tinig Pinoy, a radio program in Ontario that caters to the Filipino-Canadian community of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

Consul General Angeles and Atty. Rosales informed the public that the Embassy, under the leadership of Ambassador Jose S. Brillantes, prioritized OAV registration among the embassy’s various activities. END



Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company performs at the 35th International Folklore Festival in Fribourg

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:58 PM PDT

PR-694-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippine Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company (LKDC) represented Asia at the International Folklore Festival held in Fribourg, Switzerland from August 25 to 30 August, to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the event.

The organizers proudly presented the participants from Argentina, Armenia, Benin, Colombia, Cook Islands, Philippines, and Poland as goodwill ambassadors from the five continents.

The opening ceremonies were held at the University of Fribourg on August 25 where the local government and university officials, as well as guests from the diplomatic corps and international community were invited. The Leyte Kalipayan Group was the representative of Asia in the Festival.

The public was particularly impressed by the projection and artistic performance of the Singkil as executed by the LKDC, who were later featured on national television because of its unique choreography, gracefulness and colorful costumes.

The International Folklore Festival Fribourg in Switzerland was founded in 1975. It is a member of the International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art 8CIOFF9, an NGO affiliated with UNESCO.

It is the only Swiss event of its kind to be held annually. The Festival invites authentic or traditional groups accompanied by music on period style or faithfully reproduced instruments and traditional.

Philippine Ambassador to Switzeralnd Maria Theresa P. Lazaro said that the participation of the LKDC at the International Folklore Festival in Fribourg is a recognition of the Filipino artistry, ingenuity, and creative sophistication. END



Victory Party for Filipino Champion Brian Viloria

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:15 PM PDT

PR-692-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, in cooperation with the Filipino Community in Hawaii, hosted a blessing and victory party for Brian Viloria, who defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light Flyweight World Championship belt on August 29, at Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, against Mexico’s Jesus Iribe.

Brian, nicknamed the “Hawaiian Punch” and his title defense match, the “Island Assault,” entered the ring with Hula dancers and the Philippine and American Flags.

Consul General Leoncio Cardenas told the crowd how proud he was of Brian and that last night’s championship fight was riveting and well-fought. “Brian was a true champion, a Filipino champion,” he said.

Brian Viloria, born in the Filipino enclave of Waipahu, Honolulu and whose parents hailed from Santa, Ilocos Sur, started boxing 23 years ago at the age of five. In 1999, he won the US championships, the national Golden Gloves and the world title as an amateur at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

On 29 April at the Araneta Coliseum, he won the IBF Junior Flyweight title against Archie Solis.

Brian beamed with pride as he told the crowd, all cheering amidst the blare of the upbeat Hawaii Five-O, that the pressure was always his motivation. “I always try to do well because I want to represent my culture and heritage the best I can,” he said.

The Victory Party was attended by a huge crowd including Governor Amado Espino of Pangasinan, Rep. John Mizuno, Jolina Magdangal, Jordan Segundo and leaders of the various Filipino community associations in Honolulu. Ms. Amelia Casamina Cabatu, a well-known personality in Honolulu, emceed the program. END



RP Team Wins Gold at the 9TH International Dragon Boat Racing Championship in the Czech Republic

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

PR-691-09, 3 September 2009 – The national dragon boat team from the Philippines won two gold medals at the 9th International Dragon Boat Racing Championships held from August 26 to 31 at the Račice Regatta Center in the Czech Republic.

The Philippine team earned their gold medals for the 200-meter premier open and mixed categories besting powerhouse teams from China, the US, Canada, Germany and from 22 other countries.

The gold medals were preceded by first place finishes in the elimination rounds. The Philippine team also won the silver medal for the 500-meter premier open and took fourth place finishes at the 500-meter premier mixed and 1000-meter premier open.

In winning the gold medal at the 200-meter premier, the Philippine team also broke their own world record by clocking in at 40.022 seconds. The previous record at 41.91 seconds was registered by the Philippine team at the 8th International Dragon Boat Racing Championship held in Sydney, Australia.

The Philippine team was headed by Mr. Benjie Ramos, Philippine Dragon Boat Federation President; and Mr. Nestor Ilagan, head coach.

For the duration of the competition, the Philippine Embassy in the Czech Republic led by Ambassador Regina Irene P. Sarmiento extended full support to the Philippine team. The Embassy organized the Filipino community in the Czech Republic to go the race site and cheer for the Filipinos.

The Račice Regatta Center is located almost 60 kilometers north of Prague.

From the Czech Republic, the Philippine team is going to compete at the King’s Cup in Thailand in September and at the SAVA Sprints International in Singapore in October after which it will begin preparations for the 10th International Dragon Boat Racing Championships to be held in Tampa, Florida in 2011.



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