PE in Brunei Holds Gender and Development Seminar on Fire Safety and Beach Safety Awareness for Overseas Filipinos

ACT ASFR Andi Karmila demonstrating how to put out fire using a fire blanket.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the Brunei Fire and Rescue Department, it conducted a Fire Safety and Beach Safety Awareness Seminar for the Overseas Filipinos on 31 March 2019 at the Chancery.  The seminar, which was the Embassy’s third GAD activity for the year, was also held in observance of Fire Prevention Month.

Almost 100 participants, mostly female skilled workers from various companies and Household Service Workers, attended the seminar. The seminar provided information on fire safety and procedures to be observed during fire emergencies. The seminar also discussed beach safety since there is a school break in March and most families go to the beach to enjoy the summer season.

The main speaker for the seminar was Ms. Andi Karmila Waty bte Hj Abd Karim, Acting Assistant Superintendent for Fire and Rescue Department. She presented important household safety tips, most especially kitchen safety tips, and explained step by step procedures on how to put out fires. She also shared her experiences on the challenges that she faced working in a male-dominated field and how she overcame these challenges.

Mr. Rizan Latif, President of Beach Bunch, an organization in Brunei which provides beach safety seminars, talked about the hazards of rip currents and how families can stay safe while at the beach.

A demonstration on how to put out fires correctly and safely followed the seminar. Some members of the Filipino Community were given hands-on training in using fire extinguishers and fire blankets. After the activity, the participants were treated to a simple lunch.

The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END

 

Some of the participants at the Fire Safety Talk and Beach Safety Awareness Seminar pose for a group photo with Brunei Fire and Rescue Department Officials and Philippine Embassy Officers

 

Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin welcoming the participants to the Fire Safety Talk and Beach Awareness Seminar

 

Acting ASFR Andi Karmila Waty bte Hj Abd Karim discussing fire safety tips and emergency procedures

 

PH EMBASSY IN BRUNEI HOLDS 1ST ASEAN FRIENDSHIP BOWLING GAME 2019

The winners of the ASEAN Friendship Bowling Game 2019 pose for a photograph with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pg Haji Razali (standing sixth from right) and
Philippine Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Delfin.

The Philippine Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, led by Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin, hosted the 1st ASEAN Friendship Bowling Game at the  Grand Seria Bowling Complex, Seria, Brunei Darussalam.

The Friendship Bowling Game was participated by the Heads of Missions of the ASEAN Member Countries in Brunei Darussalam and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pg Haji Razali.

The event aimed to further strengthen the existing cordial relations between the Philippines and Brunei as well as amongst all ASEAN Member Countries. In his message, Consul Delfin thanked all the participants for joining the bowling game and highlighted the significance of events such as this that foster camaraderie among the members of the ASEAN community.

A ceremonial roll off led by Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Haji Saiful and the Heads of the ASEAN Missions officially commenced the friendly competition. There were a total of nineteen teams composed of four members from the different ASEAN Missions. The top prize for Men’s Individual Player category went to His Excellency U Htin Lynn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Union of Myanmar, while the Ladies Individual Player category was bagged by Ms. Nazlyn Binti Rosli, spouse of Mr. Khairul Azam Bin Bani of the Embassy of Malaysia. In the team category, the team led by Mr. Khairul Azam Bin Bani, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Malaysia and team members, Ms. Diane Myra Elomia (Philippines), Mr. Fatoni Solahudin Ambary (Indonesia), and Mr. Muhammad Nuh bin Kamaludin (Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs) won first place. The individual category winners received trophies and tokens, while each member of the winning teams received a medal and a token.

After the awarding ceremony, Consul Pete Delfin officially closed the event. In his message, he stated that the activity evidently reflected the close relations and friendly cooperation amongst the ASEAN Missions in Brunei Darussalam, which truly signifies the spirit of ASEAN as one community.

The bowling game was followed by a fellowship lunch where all the participants enjoyed more time connecting with each other. END

 

All the participants to the ASEAN Friendship Bowling Game 2019 pose for a photograph before the start of the game.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pg Haji Razali (fifth from right), together with Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (third from right), and the ASEAN Heads of Missions in Brunei Darussalam, during the Ceremonial Roll Off to start the ASEAN Friendship Bowling Game 2019

 

The team led by Mr. Khairul Azam Bin Bani, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Malaysia and team members, Ms. Diane Myra Elomia (Philippines), Mr. Fatoni Solahudin Ambary (Indonesia) and Mr. Muhammad Nuh bin Kamaludin (Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs) receiving the 1st place medals from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pg Haji Razali and Philippine Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Delfin.

 

 

Officers and personnel from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, organizer of the ASEAN Friendship Bowling Game 2019, pose for a photograph

 

Philippine Embassy in Brunei Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

Ms. Delma L. Basa, first female passport applicant for the day, receiving a token and a brochure on the Magna Carta for Women from Embassy personnel Maricel Vallesfin

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam celebrated International Women’s Day on 08 March 2019 through an exhibit on the life of CLEMENCIA LOPEZ, one of the Philippine heroes of the Project Saysay.

Clemencia Lopez was a feisty Filipina from Batangas who fought for her rights and that of her country at a time when women did not yet have a voice. She was also the first Filipina to step into the White House and held an audience with then President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt. She pleaded to let her brothers come home from banishment on an island in the Philippines at a time when the United States forcibly instituted a policy of “benevolent assimilation” towards the people they regarded as savages or their “little brown brothers.”

The photo frame and write-up on the life and achievements of Clemencia Lopez is displayed prominently at the Consular Area.

The Embassy also gave simple tokens together with brochures on the Magna Carta for Women to female clients of the Philippine Embassy. A special lane for female clients was also dedicated at the passport services section. END

Philippine Embassy in Brunei Holds Gender and Development Seminar on Embassy and Attached Agencies’ Services for Overseas Filipinos

Participants at the Gender and Development Seminar pose for a group photo with Philippine Embassy Officers

In celebration of National Women’s Month, the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) activity by holding a Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) on 03 March 2019 at the Chancery.  It was the Embassy’s first GAD activity for the year.

Almost 250 participants, mostly female skilled workers from various companies and Household Service Workers, attended the seminar. Aside from providing updates and information on Embassy’s services for Filipino workers, the activity aimed to apprise the female OFs of their rights as women. Brochures containing information on Magna Carta of Women (R.A. 9710) were distributed to the participants.

Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Jaybee Arguillas, in her welcome remarks, highlighted the significant role of women in today’s society and how important it is to know one’s rights especially if residing in a foreign country, and the avenues and services available to them should their rights be abused.

Other Embassy officials and representatives of attached agencies, namely, Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) Officer Mark Arinquin, Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal and OWWA Representative Katrina Del Valle presented their respective programs and services that focuses on the protection and promotion of women’s rights

Pag-IBIG Representative Ms. Edna C. Peñahermoso and SSS Representative Joy Ann Cabading presented their programs that assists the OFs in their monetary savings and investments and empowers them financially.

After the activity, the participants were given tokens of appreciation and were treated to a simple lunch. The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END

 

Chargé d’ Affaires Jaybee B. Arguillas explaining the consular services of the Embassy

 

Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal presents the programs and services of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)

 

Participants to the GAD seminar happily pose for a photo after receiving their Jollibee lunch distributed by the Embassy immediately after the seminar

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ATTENDS THE OPENING OF THE PINOY BOWLER’S CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT 2019

Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. Jaybee B. Arguillas and Embassy personnel posing for the group photo with one of the teams of the PBC Season 4 Bowling Tournament

Philippine Embassy officials, led by Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Jaybee B. Arguillas, attended the opening of the Season 4 Bowling Tournament,   organized by the Pinoy Bowler’s Club of Brunei (PBC) on 26 February 2019 at the IBowl, Utama Bowling Center, Bandar Seri Begawan. A total of eleven (11) teams will be competing in the tournament which will run for approximately twelve weeks.

In her message during the opening ceremony, Chargé d’ Affaires Arguillas commended the officers and members of the PBC who organized the tournament and encouraged them to continue to be a strong partner of the Embassy in promoting programs for the Filipino Community.

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

PH EMBASSY SUPPORTS FILIPINO COMMUNITY CONTINGENT TO 35th BRUNEI NATIONAL DAY

The Philippine contingent beaming with Filipino pride during the grand parade on the occasion of Brunei’s 35th National Day celebration. (Brunei PE photo)

A contingent of more than two hundred members of the Filipino Community (FilCom) joined the grand parade for the 35th Brunei National Day held at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saiffuddien on 23 February 2019.

Graced by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and members of the Royal Family, the event gathered more than 25,000 participants coming from the military and police establishments, government ministries, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, community associations, and expatriate groups, waving the Brunei flag as they marched pass the Royal Dais.

Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas and Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Col. Jose Ricky A. Laniog represented the Philippine Embassy during the occasion, joining other members of the Diplomatic Corps seated at the VIP area to witness the grand parade.

The Philippine Embassy extended full support and assistance to the Philippine contingent for its participation in this year’s Brunei National Day celebration, particularly during the group’s marching rehearsals held at the Embassy grounds, in the preparation of their costumes, as well as during the event through the provision of food and refreshments to the participants. END

 

Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas (front row, 4th from left) with other members of the Diplomatic Corps witnessing the grand parade on the occasion of Brunei’s 35th National Day. (Brunei PE photo)

 

Philippine Embassy personnel and the Philippine contingent pose for a group photo prior to the grand parade for Brunei’s 35th National Day. (Brunei PE photo)

PH EMBASSY, BRUNEI FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT DISCUSS SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF FILIPINOS IN BRUNEI

Philippine Embassy Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas (center) poses for a group photo with Brunei Fire and Rescue Department (BFRD) Acting Director Lim Hock Guan (3rd from left) as well as with other BFRD officers and Embassy personnel following their meeting at the Embassy on 18 February 2019. (Brunei PE photo)

Philippine Embassy Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas, along with other Embassy officials, met with Brunei Fire and Rescue Department (BFRD) Acting Director Lim Hock Guan and other BFRD officers at the Philippine Embassy on 18 February 2019.

BFRD called on Embassy officials to discuss fire and beach safety awareness for the benefit of Filipino nationals in Brunei. They conveyed that they are meeting with the Philippine and Indonesian Embassies as Filipinos and Indonesians are the two nationalities in Brunei with large number of population next to Chinese residents.

BFRD also proposed to conduct a briefing on fire and beach safety awareness for members of the Filipino Community in the second week of March this year before the start of the school break, where Filipinos are expected to flock to the beaches to spend their holiday. Vice Consul Arguillas welcomed BFRD’s proposal and conveyed the Embassy’s full support to the activity which aims at providing information on fire prevention and rescue as well as beach safety to avoid drowning incidents.

Other BFRD officers present during the meeting included Assistant Director Hjh Siti Mayang bin Haji Hussin; Public Relations Officer Act. ASFR Andi Karmila Waty bte Haji Abdul Karim; and Public Relations Officer SO Ak Mohd Ali Rahman bin

Philippine Embassy officials and BFRD officers during their meeting at the Embassy. (Brunei PE photo)

Pg Hj Salleh.

Vice Consul Arguillas expressed her appreciation to Director Lim Hock Guan for their fruitful exchange on the promotion of safety and well-being of Filipinos in Brunei. END