FIRST BATCH OF OVERSEAS FILIPINOS IN BRUNEI GRADUATES FROM LIVELIHOOD TRAININGS ORGANIZED BY PHILIPPINE EMBASSY

Graduates of the Basic Computer Training and Basic Baking Course pose for a photo with Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas, Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer Anwar Ampang and training instructors

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration Office (OWWA), held commencement exercises on 25 November 2018 at the Cosmopolitan College of Commerce & Technology Sdn Bhd, Airport Mall, Berakas for the first batch of graduates of the Basic Computer Training Course and Basic Baking Course.

Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to continuously learn and enhance their skills.

The Basic Computer Training Course as well as the Basic Baking Course is part of the Reintegration Program for OFWs of the Philippine Government. These programs intend to give additional livelihood skills to Filipinos in Brunei, especially to Household Service Workers. END

MINDANAO CONTINGENT PLACES 4TH IN THE FINAL GOLD MEDAL TALLY AT THE 10th BIMPNT EAGA FRIENDSHIP GAMES

Philippine athletes to the 10t BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games pose for a photo together with the cultural performers and officials and staff from the Philippine Embassy

Philippine athletes from Mindanao placed 4th in the final Gold Medal Tally with 10 gold medals at the 10th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-Northern Territory of Australia East Asia Growth Area (BIMPNT EAGA) Friendship Games hosted by Brunei Darussalam which came to a close on 09 December 2018 at the Indoor Stadium, Bandar Seri Begawan. The Mindanao athletes also got 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw was the guest of honor during the Closing Ceremony of the 10th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games. During the ceremony, the BIMPNT EAGA Flag was handed over to Philippine Sports commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey to signify the Philippines as the next host of the Friendship Games in 2020 in Davao City.

In his speech, Commissioner Maxey said “Since the inception of the games in 1997, Friendship and Collaboration among Member Countries are the centerpiece objectives of these games. We came here not as rivals, but we are here as friends. We bask in glory over our respective teams’ triumphs. But we also joined each other in celebrating these victories. That’s the true meaning of the BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games.” Commissioner Maxey then invited everyone to come to the Philippines in 2020 for the 11th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games.

Among the highlights of the closing ceremony was a video presentation from the Philippines featuring Davao City as the future host of the Friendship Games followed by a lively cultural performance from the students and alumni of the Seri Mulia Sarjana School and the Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

This edition of the Friendship Games featured eight sports events – aquatics, karatedo, taekwondo, wushu, athletics, lawn bowl, sepak takraw and pencak silat. The Philippines participated in all sports events except lawn bowl and pencak silat.

The Mindanao swimming team garnered the most number of gold medals. Our athletes from Palawan placed 8th in the final Gold Medal Tally with 3 golds. They also garnered 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.

In the overall medal tally, Mindanao is tied at 2nd place together with Brunei and Northern Territory of Australia with 35 total medals each. END

 

Philippine Sports Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey accepts the BIMPNT EAGA Flag as next host of the 11th Friendship Games in 2020 in Davao City

 

Philippine athletes from Mindanao and Palawan during the march-past at the Closing Ceremonies of the
10th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games

 

Students and alumni of the Seri Mulia Sarjana School and the Seri Mulia Sarjana International School during the cultural presentation at the Closing Ceremonies of the 10th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games

MINDA CHAIR SECRETARY ALONTO HIGHLIGHTS TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY COOPERATION IN BRUNEI

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Secretary Datu Hj Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto (2nd from right) poses for a group photo along with other BIMP-EAGA Heads of Delegations during the 22nd BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings held at the V-Plaza Hotel in Kuala Belait on 23-26 November 2018. (Brunei PE photo)

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Secretary Datu Hj Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto led the Philippine delegation to the 22nd BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting (MM) and Related Meetings held at the V-Plaza Hotel in Kuala Belait on 23-26 November 2018. He was joined by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman as Senior Official and Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin during the meetings.

During the Ministerial Meeting, Secretary Alonto underscored the urgency to leverage on recent developments in BIMP-EAGA, particularly in transport and connectivity to strengthen sub-regional cooperation among member countries and other development partners.

The 22nd BIMP-EAGA MM and Related Meetings were jointly organized by Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof co-chaired the Ministerial Meeting held on November 26.

The 22nd BIMP-EAGA MM discussed BIMP-EAGA’s steadfast economic growth despite recent global economic challenges. The event also cited the progress of BIMP-EAGA cooperation, especially the achievements under the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (BEV 2025). The other significant discussions focused on economic corridor development as a spatial approach to realize inclusive and sustainable growth in BIMP-EAGA as well as BIMP-EAGA’s strategic role in ASEAN integration and community-building.

Other highlights of the 22nd BIMP-EAGA MM included the BIMP-EAGA National Secretariat Meeting; 27th BIMP-EAGA Senior Officials Meeting (SOM); 12th BIMP-EAGA – China SOM; 5th BIMP-EAGA – Northern Territory of Australia SOM; BIMP-EAGA – Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Senior Officials Consultation Meeting; 1st BIMP-EAGA – China MM; and the BIMP-EAGA Trade and Investment Forum.

CDA Delfin hosted a luncheon for the Philippine delegation at the Tarindak D’Seni restaurant in Bandar Seri Begawan prior to the group’s departure for Manila on 27 November 2018.

The 23rd BIMP-EAGA MM and Related Meetings will be held in Kuching, Sarawak in November 2019. END

 

MinDA Chair Secretary Alonto (2nd from left) delivers the Philippines’ intervention during the 22nd BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting. (Brunei PE photo)

 

MinDA Chair Secretary Alonto talks with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman (leftmost) and Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (2nd from right) prior to the 22nd BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting proper. (Brunei PE photo)

 

MinDA Chair Secretary Alonto poses for a group photo with members of the Philippine delegation during the Gala Dinner for the 22nd BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. (Brunei PE photo)

DOST SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES ONELAB ROADSHOW IN BRUNEI

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin (center), delegates from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST), and officials from the Department of Scientific Services of the Ministry of Health (MoH-DSS) pose for a group photo following their meeting at MoH-DSS on 12 November 2018. (Brunei PE photo)

A delegation from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) headed by Assistant Regional Director for Finance, Administrative Support and Technical Services and OneLab Project Leader Rosemarie S. Salazar, joined by Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin, met with Ministry of Health (MoH) officials led by Acting Director of Department of Scientific Services (DSS) Hajah Rahimah binti Haji Hanafi at MoH-DSS on 12 November 2018.

The DOST representatives were in Brunei for the One Stop Laboratory for Global Competitiveness or OneLab Roadshow and to promote their Halal Science and Technology (S&T) Program.

The OneLab Project is a network of laboratories anchored on an information technology (IT) platform which broadens public access to testing and calibration services at a single touch point. It envisions to be a globally-recognized network of analytical and calibration laboratories distinguished for quality, proficient services and ultimate customer convenience.

Following DOST’s presentation, MoH-DSS officials also provided a presentation on the history and the functions of DSS, particularly its Food Chemistry Section.

The delegation was toured in the laboratories of MoH-DSS following their meeting with Bruneian officials.

The members of the Philippine delegation included Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) Officer-in-Charge and OneLab Co-Project Leader Dr. Annabelle V. Briones; Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) Senior Science Research Specialist and OneLab Project Monitor Fatima Jhoan S. Ibarreta; PCIEERD Science Research Specialist II and OneLab Project Monitor Aleah P. Orendain; DOST Region IX Science Research Specialist II and OneLab IT Lead Aris D. Moratalla; and DOST Region XI Science Research Specialist II Alma R. Lamparas.

The delegation also visited the Philippine Embassy and called on CDA Delfin following their meeting at MoH-DSS. They expressed their sincere appreciation to the Embassy for making keen representations with MoH in support of the OneLab Project as well as the excellent reception accorded by the Embassy to them. CDA Delfin responded that OneLab is a laudable initiative which not only promotes the Philippines and Brunei’s collaboration in the field of science and health at the bilateral level but also fosters regional cooperation via networking of participating laboratories from ASEAN Member States (AMS) and other countries outside the region.

Following Brunei, the DOST delegation will proceed to Malaysia for the next leg of their Roadshow to meet with relevant Malaysian authorities in promotion of the OneLab Project. END

 

Assistant Regional Director for Finance, Administrative Support and Technical Services and OneLab Project Leader Rosemarie S. Salazar (6th from left) leads DOST’s presentation on the OneLab Project during the meeting. (Brunei PE photo)

 

CDA Delfin and DOST delegates listen to the briefing of a MoH-DSS official during the laboratory tour.
(Brunei PE photo)

 

CDA Delfin welcomes the DOST delegation at the Embassy’s Sentro Rizal during the group’s visit to the Philippine Embassy. (Brunei PE photo)

 

CDA Delfin, along with DOST delegates and Embassy personnel, pose for a group photo during the delegation’s visit to the Philippine Embassy. (Brunei PE photo)

FIRST BASIC BAKING COURSE FOR OFWs ORGANIZED IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Participants to the Basic Baking Course pose for a photo with Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal (3rd from left) Overseas Workers Welfare Officer Anwar Ampang (5th from left) and course instructor, Ms. Abigail Famador (4th from left)

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration Office (OWWA), held its first Basic Baking Course for active OWWA members. The course was held on 11 November 2018 with twelve (12) OFW-participants at the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipino Resource Center (MWOFRC) in Chempaka Park, Jalan Tutong.

Ms. Abigail Famador lectured on simple baking rules and guided the participants through the step-by-step procedures of baking red velvet cake and marble cake. The participants were divided into groups and each group was given a set of baking ingredients and utensils. Succeeding sessions will be held twice a month on a Sunday.

The Basic Baking Course is part of the Reintegration Program for OFWs of the Philippine Government and it intends to give additional livelihood skills to the OFs, especially to Household Service Workers. END

Course instructor Abigail Famador guides the OFW-participants in the step-by-step baking procedure

 

Participants to the Basic Baking Course pose for a photo with their finished products, Red Velvet Cake and Marble Cake

BRUNEI PE ATTENDS 2ND AMBASSADOR’S CUP BOWLING TOURNAMENT AWARDS NIGHT

Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Col. Jose Ricky A. Laniog, PA, MNSA, awarding the Championship Trophy to the champion team, the defending champion, D’Diva Strykers

Officials of the Philippine Embassy in Brunei, led by the Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Col. Jose Ricky A. Laniog, PA, MNSA, attended the 2ND Ambassador’s Cup Bowling Tournament Awards Night of the Filipino Bowlers’ Club (FBC) in Brunei Darussalam on 04 November 2018 at the Star Lodge Hotel in Kampung Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam.

In his remarks, Col. Laniog, commended the officers and members of the FBC under the leadership of its President, Ms. Irene D. Badilla, for the success of the recently concluded 2nd Ambassador’s Cup Bowling tournament which was held from 26 July 2018 to 18 October 2018 at Utama Bowling Center, Seri Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan. A total of — teams competed in the tournament. Col. Laniog  congratulated the winning teams especially this year’s champion, the defending champion, D’Diva Strykers. He also thanked the FBC for its continued support to the Embassy’s activities and programs.

The Embassy fully supports the activities organized by Filipino Community organizations, including sports events that promote healthy lifestyle and strengthens fellowship among the Filipino nationals in Brunei Darussalam. END

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL DAY

JIS children enjoying Magnolia ice cream from the Philippines

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam participated in the annual International Day celebrations of the Jerudong International School (JIS) on 31 October 2018. JIS International Day plays an important part in encouraging its students to be global citizens. The celebrations provide the opportunity for the students to celebrate and learn about each other’s cultures, customs and languages in a variety of activities.

Around 700 students and teachers from 55 different nationalities enjoyed the Philippine ice cream served at the Philippine booth. They were also treated to Philippine delicacies such as sapin-sapin, cassava cake, maja blanca, and the all-time favorite polvoron. To highlight the rich culture of the Philippines to the students, the booth was festooned with t’nalak fabrics, children books about Philippine myths and legends and decorative materials made of Philippine indigenous materials such as capiz, acacia and nito.

Other embassies which participated in the event were Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India,  Bangladesh, Canada, and  Australia.

The Embassy fully supports activities such as cultural and international fairs that serve as an avenue for the Embassy to strongly promote Filipino culture, food, and arts in Brunei Darussalam. END

 

 

Philippine Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (center) and Cultural Officer Rose Cornista at the Philippine booth during the Jerudong International School International Day

 

Children visits the Philippine booth at the JIS International Day