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PHILIPPINES AND SINGAPORE STRENGTHEN DEFENSE PARTNERSHIP, SIGN MOU ON DEFENSE COOPERATION

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen signed the Philippines and Singapore Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation this afternoon at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. The signing of the MOU on Defense Cooperation marked a significant milestone in strengthening the defense ties between the Philippines and Singapore.

PHILIPPINES AND CHINA AGREE ON ARRANGEMENT FOR ROTATION AND RESUPPLYING (RORE) TO BRP SIERRA MADRE ON AYUNGIN SHOAL

MANILA 19 July 2024 – The Philippines and the People’s Republic of China have reached an understanding of principles and approaches that will be observed by both sides in order to avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation in the conduct of the Philippines’ lawful and routine rotation and resupply missions to the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin …

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STATEMENT ON VIET NAM’S UNILATERAL SUBMISSION OF EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF

MANILA 18 July 2024 – “The Department of Foreign Affairs takes note of the submission made by Viet Nam to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on 17 July 2024 regarding its claim to an extended continential shelf in the South China Sea. The Philippines affirms its claim to its extended …

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CHILEAN AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE PAYS COURTESY CALL ON PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore H.E. Medardo G. Macaraig warmly welcomed the Ambassador-designate of Chile, H.E Tamara Villanueva, during a courtesy call of the latter at the Philippine Embassy today. Ambassador-designate Villanueva arrived in Singapore on 25 June 2024.

During the courtesy call, both Ambassadors discussed the longstanding and wide-ranging relations between the Philippines and Chile, spanning 78 years this year, which are deeply-rooted in their shared histories, economics and cultures. In 2026, PH and Chile will celebrate the 80th anniversary of their diplomatic relations since the formal establishment of ties on 04 July 1946.

PHILIPPINES PARTICIPATES IN ASEF BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ MEETING IN BALI, INDONESIA

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore and Philippine Governor to the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) Medardo G. Macaraig, joined fellow Governors of ASEF member countries in the 45th Asia-Europe Board of Governors’ Meeting (ASEFBoG45) held in Bali, Indonesia from 11 to 13 July 2024. He was accompanied in the meeting by First Secretary and Consul Joyleen E. Santos.

The ASEFBoG45 was hosted by the Government of Indonesia and co-chaired by Mr. Md. Rais Hasan Sarower, ASEF Governor from Bangladesh and Chair of the BoG, and Ambassador Toru Morikawa from Japan, who will soon conclude his term as ASEF Executive Director.

The Meeting in Bali also welcomed 14 new Governors to ASEF, discussed ASEF’s 3-year Strategy as well as updates and reports on the organization’s work on communications, human resources, finances and 2025 project proposals. It concluded with a renewed commitment from all participating countries to work together in addressing pressing global issues and fostering greater understanding and cooperation between Asia and Europe.

BEWARE OF INDIVIDUALS USING THE NAME OF THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN RECRUITMENT SCHEME

It has come to our attention that certain individuals are using the name and logo of the Philippine Embassy, posing as Embassy employees, and/or alleging to have connections to the Embassy, in recruiting Filipinos and offering employment in Singapore.

The recruiters will then require payment of exorbitant application fees and later on will be unresponsive after receiving the payment from the interested applicants.

Please be informed that the Philippine Embassy is not involved in any kind of recruitment activities, nor in facilitating the hiring process for a third party, including conducting interviews and accepting employment application fees. The Embassy has also neither authorized any person nor availed of any services of third party recruitment agencies for Filipinos seeking employment in Singapore.

FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE CELEBRATES KALAYAAN 2024 WITH FIESTA SA BAYAN NI JUAN

Hundreds of Filipinos living and working in Singapore, representing all ages and backgrounds, flocked to the Philippine Bayanihan Centre last Sunday, 23 June 2024, to celebrate the 126th Anniversary of Philippine Independence and Nationhood.

This is the first Filipino community-led Kalayaan celebration held after the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event adopted the theme “Fiesta sa Bayan ni Juan: Pagdiriwang ng Pagkakaibigan” captures another objective to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Singapore diplomatic ties. The National/Independence Day celebration relives the atmosphere of the Philippine fiesta.

FOOD TREK FEATURING FILIPINO CUISINE RESUMES IN SINGAPORE

the Philippine Embassy brings back Food Trek as part of the commemoration of the 126th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Philippines. Included in this year’s roster are Lechon Republic, Don Lechon, Iskina Cebu, Max’s Restaurant, Second Serving, Nanay’s Kitchen, Kuya’s Kusinang Pinoy, Primefood Marketing, Emperador Inc., and Avocadoria. These establishments served mouthwatering Filipino food favorites such as the well-loved lechon (roasted pork), pork and chicken sisig, chicharong bulaklak, halo-halo, taho, tapsilog, samalamig, leche flan, ube jam, kangkong chips by Kangkong King, Emperador brandy, and avocado ice cream during the Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception last 14 June 2024 at the Grand Ballroom of ParkRoyal @ Beach Road.

FILIPINOS IN SINGAPORE PARTICIPATE IN 2024 SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, through its Migrant Workers Office (MWO) and in coordination with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), successfully conducted the 2024 Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) on 16-18 June 2024, at the NTU@one-North Campus (ONEC) located at 11 Slim Barracks Rise,
Singapore. The three-day examinations, which covered fourteen (14) professions including nursing, architecture, engineering, teaching, and veterinary medicine, among others, received positive feedback from the Filipino community. This activity is important in enhancing the employability and competitiveness of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) through licensure examinations.
Of the four hundred forty-four (444) registered examinees, three hundred seventy-eight (378) or 85.14% took and completed the examinations.

DFA STATEMENT ON THE RORE INCIDENT ON 17 JUNE 2024

The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses grave concern over the incident that occurred in the Ayungin Shoal during a humanitarian mission to BRP Sierra Madre on 17 June 2024. The DFA denounces the illegal and aggressive actions of Chinese authorities that resulted in personnel injury and vessel damage.

In line with the Philippines’ commitment to pursue peace, the Department has been exerting efforts to rebuild a conducive environment for dialogue and consultation with China on the South China Sea.

This cannot be achieved if China’s words do not match their actions on the waters. We expect China to act sincerely and responsibly, and refrain from behavior that puts to risk the safety of personnel and vessels.

We reiterate our call for China to adhere to international law, especially UNCLOS and the 2016 Arbitral Award, and respect the Philippines’ sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in our own waters.

STATEMENT ON THE APULIA G7 LEADERS’ COMMUNIQUÉ OF 14 JUNE 2024

The Philippines welcomes the G7 Leaders Communiqué issued in Apulia, Italy on 14 June 2024 which reconfirms the G7’s commitment to upholding a rules-based international order and the rule of law in all parts of the world, including the South China Sea. The Philippines shares the G7’s vision of a stable and secure Indo-Pacific region, and stands firm against any actions that undermine global prosperity, international security, peace and stability.

PHILIPPINES MAKES OFFICIAL SUBMISSION TO U.N. ON ENTITLEMENT TO AN EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF IN THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

The Philippines, through the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York, submitted information to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) to register the country’s entitlement to an extended continental shelf (ECS) in the West Palawan Region in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea on 15 June 2024.

PH EMBASSY HOSTS DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION TO COMMEMORATE 126th ANNIVERSARY OF PH INDEPENDENCE

In celebration of the 126th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and Nationhood, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore hosted a Diplomatic Reception at the ParkRoyal Hotel on Beach Road on Friday, 14 June 2024. Singapore Minister for Health Mr. Ong Ye Kung served as the Guest of Honor, together with two Members of Parliament (MP), Mr. Liang Eng Wah for Bukit Panjang and Mr. Murali Pillai SC for Bukit Batok.

NEW PERUVIAN AMBASSADOR CALLS ON AMBASSADOR MACARAIG

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Peru to Singapore, H.E Francisco Tenya Hasegawa, paid an introductory courtesy call on Ambassador Medardo G. Macaraig this morning at the Philippine Embassy.

During the meeting, Ambassador Macaraig and Ambassador Hasegawa discussed revitalizing ties between the Philippines and Peru in the areas of economic and people-to-people relations. They also had a candid exchange of views on key international and regional geopolitical and economic issues.

This year, the Philippines and Peru are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations on November 30, 1974.

PH EMBASSY, PHILIPPINE BAYANIHAN SOCIETY SINGAPORE INK AGREEMENT FOR UPKEEP OF BAYANIHAN CENTRE

PRESS RELEASE PR-057-2024 10 June 2024, Singapore – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Bayanihan Society  of Singapore (PBSS) to provide quarterly donations for the maintenance of the Bayanihan Centre. This partnership underscores the Philippine Government’s commitment to supporting the Filipino …

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PRESIDENT MARCOS JR. DELIVERS HISTORIC KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE ASIA SECURITY SUMMIT

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. made history on Friday, 31 May 2023, as the first Philippine leader who delivered the keynote address to open the 21st edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore focusing on global defense and security affairs. On the issues on maritime threats and insecurity in the Philippines, particularly in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), President Marcos stood firm during the summit in protecting the country’s sovereign rights, adhering to the rules-based international order and to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

PRESS RELEASE ON CHINA’S FISHING MORATORIUM OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

MANILA 27 May 2024 – The Philippines protested the People’s Republic of China’s imposition of a unilateral, four-month-long fishing moratorium on 01 May 2024 in areas of the South China Sea north of the 12 degrees North latitude. The 2024 fishing ban is expected to last until 16 September 2024. Through a diplomatic note, the …

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DFA STATEMENT ON THE NEW CHINA COAST GUARD REGULATIONS

MANILA 26 May 2024 – The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses serious concern on China’s issuance of its “Regulations on Administrative Law Enforcement Procedures for Coast Guard Agencies.” The regulation was approved and announced on 15 May 2024, and is supposed to take effect on 15 June 2024. Every sovereign state has the right to …

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STATEMENT ON SINGAPORE AIRLINES FLIGHT SQ 321 FROM LONDON TO SINGAPORE

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore notes Singapore Airlines’ announcement that five (5) Filipino nationals were passengers of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Flight SQ 321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024.
The Philippine Embassy is coordinating with relevant authorities to attend to the welfare of our nationals. We also express appreciation to Singapore and Thai authorities for their assistance.

DFA Statement

MANILA 13 May 2024 – Being a strong advocate of rules-based governance, the Philippine Government is firm and united in respecting and upholding the rule of law in both the domestic and international milieus. It is in this context that the Philippines — as a responsible member of the international community of nations — has …

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DFA STATEMENT ON THE ALLEGED RECORDING OF A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A CHINESE DIPLOMAT AND THE AFP WESTERN COMMAND

MANILA 09 May 2024 – Chinese diplomats have reportedly released to media the alleged transcripts or audio of an alleged conversation between the head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) and a Chinese diplomat concerning the alleged “new model” arrangement on the Ayungin Shoal. The DFA cautions against falling for …

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DFA STATEMENT FURTHER TO THE DFA STATEMENT ISSUED ON 5 MAY 2024

07 May 2024 – Further to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Statement issued on 5 May 2024, the DFA wishes to emphasize that only the President of the Republic of the Philippines can approve or authorize agreements entered into by the Philippine Government on matters pertaining to the West Philippine Sea and South China …

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DFA STATEMENT ON THE REMARKS OF THE CHINESE EMBASSY SPOKESPERSON ON 04 MAY 2024

MANILA 05 May 2024 – The DFA is not aware of any “new model” arrangement being referred to by the Chinese Embassy with regard to Ayungin Shoal.  The DFA reiterates its firm position that the Philippines has not entered into any agreement abandoning its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, …

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NEW SRI LANKAN HIGH COMMISSIONER CALLS ON PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR

PRESS RELEASE PR-050-2024 (7 May 2024,  Singapore) The new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore,  H.E. Senaranath Dissanayake, paid an introductory courtesy call on Ambassador Medardo G. Macaraig this morning at the Philippine Embassy. During the meeting, Ambassador Macaraig and High Commissioner Dissanayake noted with satisfaction the progress of Philippines and Sri Lanka relations, …

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PHILHEALTH OVERSEAS MISSION IN SINGAPORE ON 19 MAY 2024

EMBASSY ADVISORY  AD-024-2024 The Philippine Embassy is pleased to announce that a team from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will be in Singapore on 19 May 2024 (Sunday), from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, to offer the following services to our kababayans: Membership registration Updating and amendment of member information Receiving of claims documents for confinement …

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DEPARTMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS CONDUCTS CAPABILITY ENHANCEMENT TRAINING FOR SINGAPOREAN RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the Philippine government agency mandated to protect the rights and promote the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), conducted the first-ever Capability Enhancement Training (CET) for 120 Welfare Desk Officers (WEDOs) of DMW-accredited Foreign Recruitment Agencies (FRAs) on 25-26 April 2024.
WEDOs play a pivotal role in monitoring and addressing issues faced by domestic workers, making their participation in the CET imperative for effective fulfilment of their duties and responsibilities.

FILIPINO DESIGNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS DEBUT AT 2024 BOUTIQUE FAIRS IN SINGAPORE

Filipino entrepreneurs and designers made their debut at the Boutique Fairs, a curated 3-day shopping event in Singapore showcasing a wide range of independent and artisanal products such as fashion, accessories, home decor, art, children’s wear and toys, and gourmet food items, among others.You may still visit Boutique Fairs 2024 at the F1 Pit Building, from 26 to 28 April 2024. For more information, visit https://www.boutiquefairs.com.sg/

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) in Singapore

EMBASSY ADVISORY AD-021-2024 (24 April 2024, Singapore) The Migrant Workers Office (MWO) – Singapore is calling for  volunteers to support the Special Licensure Examination (SPLE) on 16-18 June 2024. We are seeking dedicated and service-oriented Filipinos to serve as Proctors, Floor Supervisors, and Supply Aides. WHY VOLUNTEER? Volunteering is just one way to give back; …

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EMBASSY WELCOMES PH LEGISLATIVE STAFF PARTICIPATING IN INTERNATIONAL LEARNING COURSE ON PUBLIC POLICY AND LEADERSHIP

PRESS RELEASE PR-044-2024 Participants of the International Learning Course on Public Policy and Leadership with Embassy Officials (23 April 2024, Singapore) Around 30 participants from the Philippines, consisting of officials and technical staff from the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, are currently in Singapore to participate in the  International Learning Course (ILC) on Public …

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AFP CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL BRAWNER REAFFIRMS STRONG PH-SG DEFENSE TIES, CALLS ON SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Romeo S. Brawner Jr. called on Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Defence Mr. Heng Chee How at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on 18 April 2024. The two officials reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral defense relations between the Philippines and Singapore, and exchanged views on important global and regional developments.

TPB CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER NOGRALES CALLS ON CDA FERNANDEZ, LAUDS EMBASSY’S EFFORTS IN PROMOTING PHILIPPINE TOURISM

Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Emmanuel R. Fernandez of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore received Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) officials, led by its Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ms. Maria Margarita M. Nograles, at the Philippine Embassy during the latter’s courtesy call on 17 April 2024.

An attached agency of the Department of Tourism, the TPB markets and promotes the Philippines as a world-class tourism and MICE destination, in strategic partnership with private and public stakeholders to deliver a unique high-value experience for visitors, significantly contributing to increased arrivals, receipts and investments in the Philippines.

AFP CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL BRAWNER VISITS SINGAPORE, REAFFIRMS STRONG PH-SG DEFENSE TIES

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), General Romeo S. Brawner Jr., is in Singapore for an official visit from 17 to 18 April 2024, upon the invitation of Vice Admiral Aaron Beng, Chief of the Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). General Brawner is accompanied by Brigadier General (BGEN) Joel M. Paloma PA, BGEN Patriarch Robinson P. Pel PA, Colonel Walter P. Icaro PA (MNSA) and Captain Jerome I. Peñas PA.

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