Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Embassy work-week schedule

Posted on Sunday, 20 January 2013 

Starting on 17 March 2013, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore will cease Sunday operations and move back to a Monday to Friday schedule as part of its continuous efforts to upgrade its services, and to facilitate the conduct of the Overseas Absentee Voting in April to May 2013.

Consular service hours have been revised so that applicants can submit and collect documents throughout office hours, without lunch break. The Embassy has instituted online appointment systems for key services, particularly for the issuance of passports and Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC), in which the applicant can choose a specific date and time that is most convenient to him or her.*

In view of the large Filipino community in Singapore, the Embassy is now ready to devote Sundays to more initiatives that will promote the welfare of Filipinos in Singapore, which is one of the mandates of the Philippine foreign service.

With the start this year of the Singaporean government’s policy of requiring a weekly day-off for household service workers, the Embassy will focus its weekend operations to empowerment programs, including livelihood and entrepreneurial skills training, along with supporting the usual Filipino community social and cultural events.

(To avoid any inconvenience, we strongly advise applicants to apply for their passport renewal in advance, such as around 9 to 12 months before expiration of validity — earlier, if a longer validity is required for the purpose of work pass renewal — or when their passports only have a few remaining blank pages. We also encourage our OFWs to avail of multiple-entry OECs in order to avoid having to make repeated visits to the Embassy.)

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