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Singapore PE Holds Sunday Services, 18 October 2020

Posted on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 

Singapore, 19 October 2020 — The Philippine Embassy in Singapore opened its consular services on Sunday, 18 October 2020, to serve the consular service requirements  of the Filipino community in Singapore.

A total of 364 service transactions, mostly related to renewal of passports, notarial services, verification of employment contracts and enrolment in the Overseas Workers Welfare Fund, were performed by a joint consular and labour team of the Philippine Embassy.

The Sunday consular services also completed the voter registration of 22 individuals and facilitated the updating of contributions of 23 members of PAG-IBIG and Social Security System.

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore suspended its monthly Sunday consular services at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic this year except in June when it opened its consular services for four (4) consecutive Sundays. The one Sunday a month consular operations was started in 2018 to address the need for consular services for those who preferred to come to the Embassy on a weekend. The Sunday operations are in addition to regular service operations on Mondays to Fridays.

Philippine Embassy officials led by Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap announced that  more monthly Sunday consular services will be conducted in the coming months to serve the local Filipino community as the Singapore government further eases travel and work-related restrictions.

As a matter of public health policy, the Philippine Embassy continues to strictly abide by the safe distancing measures and other public health guidelines of both the Philippine government and Singapore for all types of its consular services.

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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore resumed its monthly Sunday consular services program on 18 October 2020 under the strict public health guidelines observed by the Philippine government and Singapore. A total of 364 consular service transactions were completed by the consular team during the Sunday operations.

Applicants maintain a safe distance between each other while awaiting their turn for labour-related services on Sunday, 18 October 2020. The Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Singapore verified a total of 15 employment contracts, facilitated the enrolment of 18 OFWs in the Overseas Workers Welfare Fund, and issued seven (7) Overseas Employment Certificates.

A total of 168 individuals availed themselves of passport services on 18 October 2020, with passport renewals the most-sought after consular service of the Philippine Embassy.