The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday evening ordered the immediate suspension of the issuance of visas in the Philippines to travelers from the Hubei province of China amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Dodo Dulay said the order was issued after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of emerging Infectious Diseases proposed the proposal in a resolution. The same resolution also sought travel counselors

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The Foreign Affairs Department said that despite ongoing mass protests, there is no need to evacuate the more than 370,000 Filipino workers in Hong Kong. To Filipino jobs in Asia, Hong Kong is a major destination. There is a plurality of Filipinos serving as domestic assistants. The protests in Hong Kong in 2019 are an ongoing series of mass actions throughout the Chinese territory, triggered by a controversial extradition bill

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The Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was concerned with Filipino seafarers ‘ abduction cases in Africa. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday that two more Filipino sailors were abducted by pirates in West Africa. A week after nine Philippine seafarers were abducted in the neighboring African state of Benin, the Filipinos were kidnapped in Togo. This latest incident brings the total number of Filipinos in West Africa

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The Philippine Embassy in Seoul warned the public against fake visa processing services offered to irregular migrants, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in an advisory issued on Monday. Usually advertised on Facebook, these services claim to provide assistance to Filipinos who would like a valid visa, enabling them to legally work and stay in Korea. According to DFA, these services should be provided for “free” or “small” legal

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Inflation eased to a fresh three-year low of 0.8% in October for the fifth consecutive month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced it. The latest figure corresponds to 0.9% in September and 6.7% in October 2018. October’s inflation rate has been the slowest in more than three years since April 2016 at 0.7%, taking annual inflation to 2.6%. The downturn was due to a fall in food and non-alcoholic beverage

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The Philippine government is working to secure the release of an offshore supply vessel seized by Iran on September 7 for suspected oil trafficking by 12 Filipino crew. The DFA added that Tehran’s embassy carefully monitors Al Buraq’s arrested Filipino crew 1. It added that Ambassador to Iran Wilfredo C. Santos, accompanied by other officials of the embassy, flew from Tehran to the province of Hormozgan near the Persian Gulf

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Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday informed lawmakers that setting up an embassy in Sabah would amount to “treason.” The Philippines had a dormant claim over Sabah, which is part of northern Borneo in Malaysia, citing a land lease treaty in 1878 between the Sultanate of Sulu and the British North Borneo Chartered Co. The DFA seeks a P22.55 billion budget for 2020. It is the 6th top fee-collecting


In view of latest localized confrontations, the Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommends Filipinos in Hong Kong or those who travel to the land to prevent regions where mass demonstrations and actions are taking place. Filipinos were also recommended to put their safety first and take all needed precautions. DFA’s advisory came out on Tuesday after renewed conflicts broke out previously this week between pro-democracy demonstrators and police in Hong

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The Philippine government has condemned the second attack on Abha International Airport last June 23 and urged all parties to keep calm and patience to resolve their differences. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated in a statement through Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez Monday night stated, “The Philippine government condemns the second attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport on 23 June 2019.” “The Philippine government hopes for the speedy recovery

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MANILA – Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario on Sunday proclaimed the Philippines was disrespected when Hong Kong authorities deported him despite his diplomatic passport. Del Rosario, a staunch critic of Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea, was denied entry to the special administrative territory of China on Friday and sent back to Manila. The country’s former top diplomat said that since his passport carries the seal of