12 December 2022, Singapore – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, together with its attached partner agencies (namely, POLO-Singapore, OWWA, SSS, Pag-IBIG and the Office of the Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché or OPhilDAFA), has commenced its operations and public services at its temporary office at Level 16, 111 Somerset Road (TripleOne Somerset Building) today, 12 December 2022, to pave the way for the construction of the new Chancery at 20 Nassim Road.
In his welcome remarks, Philippine Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Dr. Emmanuel R. Fernandez, expressed delight that six months following the groundbreaking ceremony held at the Philippine Embassy at Nassim Road on 17 June 2022, the construction of the new Chancery will soon become a reality. He also urged the personnel of the Embassy and its partner agencies to continue to do well in their daily tasks with professionalism, dedication and service.
The year 2022 was replete with accomplishments and positive strides undertaken by the Philippine Embassy. This includes the State Visit to Singapore in September of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., visits of high-level Philippine officials such as former Secretaries Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., (Foreign Affairs), Delfin N. Lorenzana (Defense), Arthur P. Tugade (Transportation) and Secretary Ivan John Uy (Information and Communications Technology); the opening of a ePassport Renewal Center (ePARC); the successful, record-breaking turnout of the 2022 Philippine overseas voting in Singapore; numerous economic, cultural events and assistance to nationals activities on top of the Embassy’s regular consular and labor services to our kababayans. CDA Fernandez notes that the Embassy’s relocation and construction of a new Chancery is another milestone that is worth celebrating.
2022 is also a transition year for the Embassy’s leadership, with the conclusion of the end of tour of duty of former Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap on 30 June 2022, and the arrival of a new Philippine Ambassador to Singapore soon.
Business as usual
The Philippine Embassy and its partner agencies will provide consular and labor services to its clientele at the new temporary office from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with no noon breaks.
Due to space constraints at the new temporary office, only those with confirmed appointments will be accommodated. The Philippine Embassy will also implement new appointment and queue systems for consular and labor services, while a new self-service kiosk was made available for our clients’ convenience.
We seek the understanding of the public during this transition, which falls right into the busy holiday season. We will endeavor to normalize and streamline all services as soon as possible. -End-