The British Embassy announced a number of enhancements to its visa processing procedures in the Philippines.
The improvements meant to cater the growing demand for UK visa services to improve the customer experience and make the journey to the UK an easier one. These include:
- A bigger and better visa application centre in Manila with more facilities and great campaign branding to highlight the best that Britain has to offer
- A new international visa enquiry centre
- A visa application centre in Cebu City to cater for customers in the Visayas and neearby regions
- A premium lounge for a more personalised and streamlined service
- An optional priority visa service that returns visa decisions within 3-5 working days
- A Prime Time service for those who need the convenience of an out of hours appointment
- A Passport Passback service for those who may need to travel or apply for another visa while their UK one is being processed.
The embassy said more than 49,000 tourist and business visit visas were issued to Filipinos from March 2013 to March 2014.
The British embassy also announced that it was also offering long-term visit visas, which would be valid for one to 10 years.
Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines said the embassy was encouraging those wish to apply for a tourist or business visit visa to apply early and have with you all the necessary documents when you go for your appointment.
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The Philippines and Brunei recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Health Cooperation to identify and address gaps in each country’s health sector, allowing Filipino doctors and medical professionals to work in Brunei.
The MOU aims to implement reform programs in health, particularly in the achievement of universal healthcare which aims to ensure access to quality health services.
The areas of cooperation identified by the MOU include:
- Public health including promotion, and disease control and prevention
- Medical and health research development
- Capacity building for the health profession
- Disaster preparedness and emergency medical services
- Quality assurance, including accreditation of health facilities and services
- Health enforcement and regulations, among other areas.
The MOU was signed by Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Brunei’s Minister of Health Pehin Adanan during an official visit recently to the Sultanate.
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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned against falling for recruiters promising jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Overseas Pinoy workers were reminded against falling for supposed job offers to troubled countries.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recommended the immediate suspension of overseas voters registration in five areas considered hotspots.
The DFA had also recommended the suspension of registration in Libya, Ukraine, and the Gaza Strip.
The Department of Labor and Employment also imposed a total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Afghanistan, on which the DFA had placed Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation).
The agency said Afghanistan has been experiencing tension following the presidential elections last June 14.
The deployment ban on new hires for Afghanistan issued on December 17, 2007 is still in effect.
Covered by the ban imposed by the POEA Governing Board are returning/vacationing overseas Filipino workers bound for Afghanistan.
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When it comes to Filipino food, Panga’s Bulalo and Laing Restaurant is the place to be. Cynthia Panga, a former household service worker is now a business woman and the owner of the said restaurant in Salalah, Oman.
Pangan’s luck in the food business began when her former Omani employer offered her the chance to manage a restaurant.
“Five years naging katulong ako, nag-part time ako ng seven months. After that, may nakilala ako, amo ko. Nag-offer siya sa akin. Offeran kita, kaya mo bang mag-manage ng restaurant?” she said.
Panga has been in Oman for 22 years, single-handedly providing for her three children after her husband left them. She accepted the offer even though she did not have any background in running that kind of business.
That decision proved to be the best as her luck started coming in and she was able to start her very own restaurant business. She is also sharing the blessings by providing jobs in her business to relatives and other Pinoys.
She still finds time to support to the Filipino community. The restaurant also enabled Pangan to send her children to school, save, and invest in properties in the Philippines.
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Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asked for an increase in the emergency funds for distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the 2015 national budget. He said this emergency assistance fund should be raised to at least P1 billion. Recto said, the proposed 2015 budget of P537 million for the assistance of Filipinos in distress abroad is grossly inadequate in light of unstable conditions in strife-vulnerable countries which could anytime trigger the evacuation of Filipinos. The million fund in the proposed budget next year were divided in three programs namely Assistance to Nationals Fund (ATF) under the Department of Foreign Affairs with a proposed budget of P350 million, Welfare Services to OFWs (P187.7 million), and Emergency Repatriation Program (P50 million) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The amount, he said, is a drop in the bucket or one-tenth of one percent of the P1.115 trillion pesos that overseas Filipinos remitted through formal channel last year. Funds which can be tapped to assist an estimated 10 million Filipino nationals abroad are lodged in three items in the proposed P2.6 trillion national budget for next year.
His statement came amid the Philippine government’s efforts to repatriate the more than 13,000 Filipinos in strife-torn Libya – a massive undertaking that Recto said could drain the DFA’s ATF.
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