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Hong Kong breaks record with more than 65 million visitors in 2018

| February 2, 2019
Hong Kong breaks record with more than 65 million visitors in 2018

The Director of Immigration, Mr. Tsang Kwok-wai, delivered a year-end review of the Immigration Department’s work in 2018 and its future outlook on February 1. In the report, the Hong Kong Immigration Department Director said that over 314 million passengers passed through Hong Kong’s control points in 2018, representing an increase of 5.1 percent over 2017. The total [...]

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Funding the Build Build Build Program

| January 20, 2019
Funding the Build Build Build Program

The Official Development Assistance (ODA), as defined in Republic Act 8182 – ODA Act of 1996, is a loan or a grant administered with the objective of promoting sustainable social and economic development and welfare of the Philippines. ODA resources must be contracted with governments of foreign countries with whom the Philippines has diplomatic, trade [...]

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No need for birth certificate to renew passport: Locsin

| January 16, 2019
No need for birth certificate to renew passport: Locsin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday signed a department order (DO) removing birth certificate as a requirement in renewing passports. Locsin, in his Twitter account posted a copy of the order, which according to Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, was signed around 5:30 p.m. With the department order, holders of old passports [...]

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Spokesperson Panelo on the passport data breach

| January 14, 2019
Spokesperson Panelo on the passport data breach

The following statement was issued by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on the passport data breach issue: “The passport data breach, which the Secretary of Foreign Affairs disclosed, is a serious and grave matter. “The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has been directed to investigate the incident in the Department of Foreign Affairs and ascertain whether certain [...]

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DFA: No Filipino hurt in Paris bakery gas explosion

| January 14, 2019
DFA: No Filipino hurt in Paris bakery gas explosion

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has been informed there were no Filipinos among the victims of the explosion at a bakery in the French capital on Saturday. The Philippine Embassy in Paris said it was informed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that none of the three fatalities or the almost 50 who [...]

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Filipino travellers warned on bringing restricted items to Hong Kong

| January 12, 2019
Filipino travellers warned on bringing restricted items to Hong Kong

FiIipinos visiting or transiting through Hong Kong are advised on Friday against bringing restricted items such as personal defense weapons after a Filipino student was detained by airport authorities for carrying extendable batons in his luggage. According to the Laws of Hong Kong, it is illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit [...]

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Kidlat Tahimik Awarded the 2018 Prince Claus Laurate in Amsterdam

| January 12, 2019
Kidlat Tahimik Awarded the 2018 Prince Claus Laurate in Amsterdam

  THE HAGUE 09 January 2019 — Filipino filmmaker and recently-inducted National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Kidlat Tahimik (Eric de Guia) was among the seven laureates who received the Prince Claus Award for culture and development at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on 06 December 2018. In the presence of [...]

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Holiday Greetings and Reminders to OFWs from Senator JV Ejercito

| December 21, 2018
Holiday Greetings and Reminders to OFWs from Senator JV Ejercito

Holiday Greetins and reminders to OFWs from Senator JV Ejercito

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DFA issues travel bulletin amid riots in France

| December 6, 2018
DFA issues travel bulletin amid riots in France

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is advising Filipinos in France as well as those in the Philippines who are traveling to Paris to exercise caution in view of the violent protests that have been taking place in the French capital and other areas during the past several weekends. The Philippine Embassy in Paris said [...]

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Colder weather expected this weekend in HK due to northeast monsoon

| December 5, 2018
Colder weather expected this weekend in HK due to northeast monsoon

Hong Kong is expected to experience cold weather this coming weekends thanks to an active northeast monsoon. According to the Observatory, an intense northeast monsoon associated with a cold front is expected to affect southern China on Friday and over the weekend. Temperatures will drop significantly over the region. The northeast monsoon will persist over [...]

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