SECRETARY DOMINGUEZ CONVEYS GREETINGS ON BRUNEI SULTAN’S 73rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (rightmost), receives Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (center) during the latter’s audience with His Majesty on 15 July 2019 on the occasion of His Majesty’s 73rd birthday anniversary. Secretary Dominguez was joined by Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (left) during the audience. (Photo courtesy of the Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam).

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and his spouse Cynthia A. Dominguez joined high-level foreign dignitaries in greeting His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the occasion of his 73rd birth anniversary on 15 July 2019.

In an audience at the Istana Nurul Iman (Royal Palace), Secretary Dominguez handed a letter to His Majesty containing the birthday greetings and wishes of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He likewise thanked His Majesty for the continuing hospitality extended by his government to overseas Filipinos in the country. His Majesty acknowledged the valuable contributions of Filipino workers in Bruneian society and affirmed his commitment to ensure that they are always well taken care of.

Accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Brunei, Christopher B. Montero, Secretary and Mrs. Dominguez attended the day-long festivities that included a Guard of Honor Parade, an Awarding and Investiture Ceremony, and a Royal Banquet.

Secretary and Mrs. Dominguez were joined by other high-ranking foreign dignitaries who were invited as official guests of the Brunei government.

The participation of a high-ranking Philippine official at His Majesty’s birth anniversary celebrations reflects and reaffirms the fraternal and close ties between the people of the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam. END

Their Majesties look at the gift presented by Secretary Dominguez during the latter’s audience with His Majesty The Sultan at Istana Nurul Iman. (Photo courtesy of the Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam).

 

Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and Mrs. Cynthia A. Dominguez during their attendance at The Guard of Honor Parade for His Majesty The Sultan held in the morning of 15 July 2019 at the Taman Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien. (Photo courtesy of the Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam).

 

Secretary and Mrs. Dominguez during the Royal Banquet at Istana Nurul Iman.
(Photo courtesy of the Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam).

 

(From left to right) Ambassador Christopher B. Montero, Mrs. Cynthia A. Dominguez and Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III during a group photo prior to the Royal Banquet at Istana Nurul Iman. (Brunei PE photo)

PH ATTENDS 23rd ASEAN–ROK DIALOGUE

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs and ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat Director-General Junever M. Mahilum-West (third from left), representing Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy and Philippine SOM Leader Enrique A. Manalo, joins the ASEAN-ROK Senior Officials and the ASEAN Deputy Secretary General at the 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue held in Bandar Seri Begawan on 02-03 July 2019.
(Brunei PE photo)

The Philippines actively participated in discussions to further advance ASEAN relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the recently-concluded 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue in Bandar Seri Begawan on 02-03 July 2019.

The Philippine delegation headed by DFA Assistant Secretary Junever M. Mahilum-West, took the lead during the meeting’s exchange of views on climate change, disaster and environmental protection.

Other topics that were discussed during the Dialogue include regional connectivity, counter-terrorism and transnational crimes; maritime cooperation, fisheries and marine conservation; ASEAN-ROK Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA); ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC); developments of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the ASEAN-ROK Business Council; food and energy security; regional connectivity; people-to-people exchanges and the ASEAN Culture House (ACH). The meeting also tackled regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The meeting was co-chaired by Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dayang Emaleen binti Abdul Rahman Teo and ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-Gu.

Brunei Darussalam is the Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations for 2018-2021.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK Partnership, which would culminate in the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in November in Busan. END

 

Assistant Secretary Mahilum-West delivers her intervention at the 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue. (Brunei PE photo)

 

The 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue held at the International Convention Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan.
(Brunei PE photo)

 

Philippine Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (rightmost) receives Assistant Secretary Mahilum-West and DFA-ASEAN Director for External Relations Reginald S. Bernabe during their visit to the Philippine Embassy.
(Brunei PE photo)

Philippine Embassy in Brunei Holds Events for Overseas Filipinos (OF) Empowerment

Ambassador Christopher B. Montero, together with Embassy Officials, pose for a photograph with the participants at the Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS)

In line with the government’s aim empowering Overseas Filipinos, the Philippine Embassy conducted two (2) stakeholder engagement activities with Filipino Community in Brunei Darussalam: (1) Kapihan sa Pasuguan (3rd edition) on Friday, 05 July 2019 and (2) Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS – 3rd edition) on Sunday, 07 July 2019.

In both events, newly-arrived Philippine Ambassador Christopher B. Montero announced the launching of the Embassy’s new initiatives to improve the delivery of its services to the Filipino community:

  • The regular conduct of a Consular Outreach Missions in far-flung areas outside of Bandar Seri Begawan that host a large concentration of OFWs (such as Kuala Belait) who usually take at least 2 hours to travel to the Embassy. In addition to consular services, Post’s partner-agencies (POLO, OWWA, SSS and Pag-IBIG) will also join the outreach missions and extend frontline services.
  • Sunday Consular Services (once a month) that will allow OFWs during their regular day-off to avail of the Embassy’s services.
  • A new dedicated hotline for consular inquiries, in addition to the existing hotline for ATN-related services.
  • Issuance of a Philippine Citizen Registration Card at no cost to Filcom members, which will serve as the primary source for the creation of a database of OFs in Brunei, in order to further assist the Embassy in promoting the welfare and protecting the interest of the OFs.
  • The publication of A Basic Information Guide Booklet for newly arrived Filipinos in Brunei that contains useful information i.e. Social and Religious Norms in Brunei, Basic phrases in Malay, Employment Guidelines, Embassy services, etc. A copy of the Guide is attached for reference.
  • Institution of new Security Procedures for public access to the Embassy’s Consular Section to ensure both the safety of Embassy personnel and its clients while inside the Embassy premises.
  • Formulation of an Updated Contingency Plan with the assistance of Filipino Community volunteers to assist the Embassy in effectively implementing the Plan when emergencies arise.

Ambassador Montero further encouraged Filcom members to actively participate in the Embassy’s client feedback program in order to obtain a more accurate measure on the quality of its services.

Colonel Jose Ricky A. Laniog, Defense and Armed Forces Attaché (DAFA) also conducted a briefing for the Filipino community titled “An Orientation on the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) Problem for the Filipino Community in Brunei”. The presentation imparted relevant information on the CTG problem that operates not just in the Philippines, but worldwide, and enabled Filcom members a better appreciation and awareness on how, together with the government, they can assist in addressing this issue.

On the other hand, the holding of the 3rd edition of the Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) for 2019 coincided with the commemoration of Migrant Workers’ Day with a theme of “Salamat sa Tapang, Sipag at Pagmamahal Mo, Kabayan.” At the initiative of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) in Brunei provided free health screenings such as blood pressure check and sugar level monitoring to the almost 120 participants comprised mainly of newly-arrived Household Service Workers.

A new innovation in the PAOS program was the inclusion of testimonials from three (3) successful OFWs who have lived and worked in Brunei for more than 20 years.

Ms. Ofelia Valera, Manager at Lufthansa Royal Flight, Ms. Merciditha Oliveros, Manager at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, and Ms. Cora P. Sulit, a successful driver and amah (household service worker) shared with the attendees their humble beginnings, valuable lessons on how to overcome early struggles through positive attitude, and the will to succeed for their families and loved ones.

Embassy and Partner Agencies’ personnel also gave presentations their respective frontline services and programs that participants could avail of during their deployment in Brunei. In addition, a copy of the Basic Information Guide Booklet and goodie bags filled with Philippine-made products such as Century Tuna, Purefoods Sisig, Purefoods Cornbeef and Choco Mani, were distributed to each attendee, in addition to a take-home lunch featuring a local food delicacy Ayam Penyet.

The Kapihan sa Pasuguan is a regular forum organized by the Embassy for Filipinos in Brunei to keep them abreast of its services or programs, as well as of current developments that affect them, while the PAOS is conducted once every quarter for newly arrived OFs especially for the Household Service Workers and the semi-skilled workers. END

 

Volunteers from the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) in Brunei provided free health screening services to the participants of the Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS)

 

Ambassador Christopher B. Montero, together with the speakers at the Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS): (L to R) Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal, Vice Consul Jaybee Arguillas, Ms. Cora P. Sulit, Ms. Merciditha Oliveros and Ms. Ofelia Valera.

 

Ambassador Christopher B. Montero launches the Basic Information Guide Booklet for OFs in Brunei during the Kapihan sa Pasuguan on 05 July 2019.

 

Colonel Jose Ricky Laniog, Defense and Armed Forces Attaché, gives a short briefing titled “An Orientation on the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) Problem for the Filipino Community in Brunei” during the Kapihan sa Pasuguan

PH EMBASSY IN BRUNEI CONDUCTS THIRD BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING FOR OFWS

POLO-OWWA Administrative Staff Katrina A. Del Valle delivers a brief orientation for OFW-participants.
(POLO-OWWA Brunei photo)

With the main aim of empowering overseas Filipinos, the Philippine Embassy in Brunei, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) Office, commenced the conduct of its Basic Computer Training (BCT) seminar for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on 23 June 2019. The course is the third BCT in Brunei organized by POLO-OWWA.

The BCT is part of POLO-OWWA’s Reintegration Program, which provides additional knowledge on basic computer and internet concepts to participants. The training intends to equip OFWs in Brunei with skills that they can apply in their present jobs or upon their return to the Philippines.

Of the 40 OFWs enrolled in the training, 14 are household service workers, 19 are skilled workers and seven are professionals. The participants are divided into two (2) classes of twenty (20) students each. Mr. Dennis Tanjusay and Ms. Faten Amira Izzaty binti Joperi are the instructors of each class.

The BCT will run for five (5) consecutive Sundays until 21 July 2019 at the Cosmopolitan College of Commerce & Technology Sdn. Bhd. in Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan.

POLO-OWWA Brunei’s first BCT was conducted from October to November 2018 while the second one was held from April to May 2019. END

 

OFW-participants listen attentively to Instructor Faten Amira Izzaty binti Joperi during their first training day.
(POLO-OWWA Brunei photo)

 

Instructor Dennis Tanjusay welcomes OFW-participants to the third Basic Computer Training for Overseas Filipino Workers. (POLO-OWWA Brunei photo)

FINANCE SECRETARY DOMINGUEZ ATTENDS HARI RAYA CELEBRATION IN BRUNEI

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam receives Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (in Barong Tagalog) during the Hari Raya Eid’l Fitr celebration at the Istana Nurul Iman. (Photo courtesy of the Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam).

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III visited Brunei Darussalam to attend its Hari Raya Eid’l Fitr celebration from 04 to 06 June 2019, upon the invitation of the Government of Brunei Darussalam.

On 05 June 2019, Secretary Dominguez held an audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, during which he handed the letter of President Duterte on the occasion of this year’s Aidil Fitri celebrations.

Secretary Dominguez, together with the new Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Christopher B. Montero, attended the traditional Hari Raya event to greet His Majesty The Sultan and members of the Royal Family at the Istana Nurul Iman (Royal Palace).

Secretary Dominguez and Ambassador Montero also joined the Open Houses of Royalties and high-ranking Brunei government officials including His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; Special Adviser to His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim; Private and Confidential Secretary to His Majesty The Sultan Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohd. Nawawi bin Allahyarham Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Haji Awang Mohd. Taha; and Speaker of the Legislative Council Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib.

Secretary Dominguez’ attendance at the Hari Raya celebrations reaffirms the fraternal bonds of friendship and close ties between the Philippines and Brunei. END

 

Secretary Dominguez (center), with Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong (leftmost) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Nor bin Haji Jeludin, during the Hari Raya Eid’l Fitr celebration at the Istana Nurul Iman.
(Brunei PE photo)

 

Secretary Dominguez (4th from left) and Embassy officials pose for a group photo following their dinner at The Empire Hotel & Country Club hosted by Philippine Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (3rd from left).
(Brunei PE photo)

PH EMBASSY IN BRUNEI CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY

Philippine Embassy personnel, led by Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (center), during the Flag Raising Ceremony on the occasion of the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
(Brunei PE photo)

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam led by its new Ambassador, H.E. Christopher B. Montero, held a series of commemorative events marking the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.

To kick off the celebrations, an Independence Day Thanksgiving Mass at the Church Our Lady of Assumption celebrated by Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of the Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam, was held on 09 June 2019. Bishop Sim congratulated the Philippines and the Filipino community on the occasion of the 121st Anniversary of Philippine Independence, and conveyed his best wishes for the country’s continued peace and prosperity. The Mass was attended by more than 400 members of the Filipino Community.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Philippine Embassy hosted an Independence Day Get-Together event at the Chancery attended by close to 300 members of the Filipino Community.

In his message, Ambassador Montero thanked the Filipino Community for sacrificing their Sunday and their Hari Raya feasts to join the celebrations. In line with this year’s theme, Kalayaan 2019: Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan, he called on the members of the Filipino Community to continue to strengthen their love for country, and serve as good and responsible members of society in the host country. “Kayo po ang tunay na mga Ambassadors ng Pilipinas sa bansang ito kung kaya’t lalo niyo pang pag-ibayuhin ang inyong likas na sipag at talino upang mas mai-angat ang magandang imahen nating mga Filipino sa bansang ito,” Ambassador Montero said.

During the event, Independence Day Messages of high officials of the Philippine government were shared with the FilCom. The program included a musical rendition of patriotic songs from the UST Alumni Association in Brunei Chorale.

While the guests enjoyed a merienda salu-salo buffet featuring Filipino delicacies, Ambassador Montero took the opportunity to meet and greet all the members of the Filipino Community present.

On 12 June 2019, Ambassador Montero, together with the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy held the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony at the Embassy grounds, following by simple breakfast get-together. END

 

Embassy personnel, led by Ambassador Christopher B. Montero and Mrs. Maria Lourdes B. Montero, during a group photo on the occasion of the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. (Brunei PE photo)

 

H.E. Ambassador Christopher B. Montero delivers his remarks during the Independence Day Get-Together with the Filipino Community. (Brunei PE photo)

 

Ambassador Montero and leaders of Filipino Organizations in Brunei pose for a photo during the traditional Independence Day cake cutting ceremony. (Brunei PE photo)

 

 

Ambassador Montero presents an offering to Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of the Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam, during the Thanksgiving Mass. (Brunei PE photo)

 

Embassy personnel and their family members pose for a group photo with Bishop Cornelius Sim (center, seated) following the Thanksgiving Mass. (Brunei PE photo)

PH EMBASSY OFFICIALS GRACE OPENING CEREMONY OF FILIPINO ASSOCIATION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN BRUNEI

First Secretary and Consul Pete Raymond V. Delfin (center), joined by Labor Attaché Melissa C. Mendizabal (in white blouse) and Filipino Association (FA) President Malou R. Wong, during the ceremonial tossing of the ball prior to the inaugural game. (Brunei PE photo)

Philippine Embassy officials, led by First Secretary and Consul Pete Raymond V. Delfin, graced the Opening Ceremony of the Filipino Association’s (FA) 5th Inter-Organizational and Open Category Basketball Tournament held at the Batu Bersurat Basketball Gymnasium in Bandar Seri Begawan on 02 June 2019.

Consul Delfin was joined by Labor Attaché Melissa C. Mendizabal and Pag-IBIG Representative Edna C. Peñahermoso during the event.

The tournament aims to promote health awareness through sports and camaraderie among Filipinos in Brunei. A total of seventeen (17) teams are playing this year in the Inter-organizational and Open categories.

FA President Malou R. Wong conveyed her appreciation to the Embassy officials for attending the event.

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

 

Consul Delfin delivers his remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the basketball tournament.
(Brunei PE photo)

 

FA Officer Joseph Sacris leads the Oath of Sportsmanship during the Opening Ceremony of the tournament. (Brunei PE photo)