The Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) Brunei offices held their commencement exercises for the second batch of graduates of the Basic Computer Training and Basic Baking Course for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) at the Cosmopolitan College of Commerce & Technology Sdn. Bhd. in Berakas on 19 May 2019.
There were two (2) classes of twenty (20) students each who finished the computer training. A class of domestic workers was handled by Mr. Dennis Tanjusay while the other class composed of skilled workers was supervised by Mr. Mohd Asrin bin Abu Nipah.
Meanwhile, three (3) baking classes were conducted by Ms. Abigail Famador, with twelve (12) OFW-graduates in each group. Recipes for red velvet cake, chocolate mousse and carrot cake were taught for their hands-on-training.
Labor Attaché Melissa C. Mendizabal welcomed the OFW attendees and gave a brief overview of the livelihood trainings and seminars for OFWs under the Reintegration Preparedness Program of OWWA. Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin conveyed a congratulatory message to the graduates and underscored the contribution of these trainings and seminars to the skills development of OFWs. END
The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam was the first among Foreign Service Posts to successfully transmit 100% of its Election Returns to COMELEC during the early hours of Tuesday, 14 May 2019.
The Embassy closed the polls for the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) for the 2019 National Elections on 13 May 2019 at exactly 6:00 p.m., Philippine and Brunei time. Ms. Marilyn Ramos Rementilla, 50 years old, cast the last vote. Ms. Rementilla has been working in Brunei Darussalam as a seamstress for almost sixteen (16) years.
The Embassy reported that 4,034 Overseas Filipinos exercised their right to vote out of the 14,000 that were registered in Brunei for the 2019 Philippine National Elections.
The Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) and the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) immediately started the closing procedures of the OAV process after the last vote had been cast. The consolidation, canvassing and transmission of the Election Returns were started by the Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC) by 10:15 p.m. of 13 May 2019. Post was able to transmit 100% of the Election Returns by 1:19 a.m. of the following day, 14 May 2019.
The public may view the Election Returns in Brunei Darussalam at https://2019electionresults.comelec.gov.ph/#/coc/0/OAV/9000/9001 or at https://halalanresults.abs-cbn.com/overseas/asia-pacific/brunei-darussalam. END
Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (Vice Consul) Jaybee B. Arguillas received BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) Palawan Chair Engr. Datu Benjamin Hamid in a courtesy call held at the Embassy on 02 May 2019.
Datu Hamid was accompanied by Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) Deputy Secretary General Hj Amir Ibrahim during the call.
During the meeting, Datu Hamid informed the Embassy that various companies in Palawan, through BEBC Palawan, are keen on identifying potential trade and investment opportunities in Brunei Darussalam, particularly in Halal production and services. They are exploring to utilize Labuan as one of the routes for the transshipment of their products within the BIMP-EAGA region. Datu Hamid also mentioned the viability of the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone (ZamboEcoZone) as a processing and manufacturing center, which they envision to be part of the corridor they wish to develop.
Prior to their visit to Brunei, Datu Hamid and his group came from Labuan to attend a briefing by the Labuan Halal Hub (LHH).
Vice Consul Arguillas welcomed Datu Hamid’s statements and remarked that the Embassy fully supports initiatives by Philippine companies, particularly those from Mindanao and Palawan, in facilitating trade and investments with fellow BIMP-EAGA Member-Countries. She informed Datu Hamid that the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Halal Industry and Halal Export Development and Promotion and that this MOU intends to further promote Halal industry cooperation between the two countries.
Vice Consul Arguillas also informed Datu Hamid that they may wish to participate in the Brunei Halal Showcase (BruHAS) to be held in Bandar Seri Begawan in August of this year as well as the 2nd Philippine National Halal Conference to be held sometime in June or July, for them to be able to establish networks with relevant public and private sector stakeholders in both the Philippines and Brunei.
Following the meeting, Datu Hamid and his group returned to Labuan for the continuation of their briefing there. END
Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin received members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants-Northern Metro Manila Chapter (PICPA-NMMC) in a courtesy call at the Embassy on 30 April 2019.
The sixteen (16) members of PICPA-NMMC held an accountancy seminar titled “Cross Borders: Professional Development Roadshow for Filipinos in Brunei” last Sunday, 28 April 2019 at the EIM Aroy Restaurant in Muara. Consul Delfin attended the seminar as Guest of Honor.
During the courtesy call, Consul Delfin congratulated the group for the successful turnout of the recently concluded seminar and welcomed the group’s intention to organize a financial literacy seminar in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy for the Filipinos in the Sultanate sometime next year.
Embassy personnel who were also present during the call were Vice Consul Jaybee R. Arguillas, Finance Officer Sayedaman Dimaporo and Cultural and Information Officer Rose Paz C. Narvaja-Cornista. END
Philippine Embassy Officials, led by Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas, attended the Induction Ceremony of the Filipino Association (FA) in Brunei Darussalam on 21 April 2019 at the Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong, Bander Seri Begawan.
In her remarks, Vice Consul Arguillas commended the Filipino Association officers and its member-organizations for displaying the Filipino worker’s high standards of ethical conduct and professional excellence at work, leading to world-class services in the various professional fields. She encouraged the Filipino Community Organizations to continue to be the Embassy’s partner in promoting trade, investment, tourism, and closer people-to-people interaction between Brunei and the Philippines.
Vice Consul Arguillas also urged all the Filipinos in Brunei to exercise their right to vote in the 2019 Philippine National Elections. She announced, “For thirty continuous days until 13 May 2019, we will remain open from 8:30 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon so that our Kababayans here in Brunei will be able to exercise their right to vote. This is also one opportunity where you can make a difference in nation-building. Exercise your right to vote and when you do, vote wisely. Think twice, thrice or even up to ten times about those who you will put into office that will lead our country. Through these efforts, we can all contribute towards the goal of a better Philippines not just for ourselves and our children, but also for our great grandchildren and their children.”
The Filipino Association in Brunei Darussalam is an umbrella organization of Filipino Community organizations and was established in 1982. To date, nineteen (19) Filipino Community Organizations are listed as its member-organizations. END
Philippine Embassy officials, led by Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Jose Ricky Laniog, attended the opening of the All-Filipino Mixed Handicap Tenpin Bowling Tournament dubbed as the “Freedom Cup”, organized by the Filipino Bowler’s Club of Brunei (FBC) on 11 April 2019 at the IBowl, Utama Bowling Center, Bandar Seri Begawan. A total of eleven (seven) teams participated in the said tournament.
In his message during the opening ceremony, DAFA Ricky Laniog commended the officers and members of the FBC who organized the tournament and expressed confidence that FBC and other Filipino Community Organizations in Brunei will continue to be strong partners of the Embassy in promoting programs for the Overseas Filipinos.
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