Brunei PE Holds Kapihan sa Pasuguan

CDA Pete Delfin during the Kapihan sa Pasuguan which discussed the Overseas Voting for the Philippine 2019 National Elections and Brunei’s Sharia Law with the Filipino Community

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam held its second “Kapihan sa Pasuguan” forum for the year with leaders of Filipino Community organizations in Brunei on Friday, 12 April at the Chancery.

During the Kapihan, Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin took the opportunity to remind the Filipino Community of the Overseas Voting  for the 2019 Philippine National Elections will be open starting 13 April 2019 to 13 May 2019. Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas then briefed the community on the guidelines, procedures, and prohibitions during the 30-day voting period.

Consul Delfin also briefly discussed provisions on the implementation of the Phase II of Brunei’s Sharia Law. He allayed the concerns of some Filipino Community members with regards to the penalties stated in the Sharia Law and advised them to respect the religion and culture of the Sultanate.

After the discussions, the Embassy presented the Certificates of Appreciation to the Filipino Community Organizations who participated at the Brunei National Day Parade held last 23 February 2019.

Kapihan sa Pasuguan is a regular forum organized by the Embassy for Filipinos in Brunei to keep them abreast of new services or programs of the Embassy as well as of current developments that affect them. END

 

A representative from GIBFI, a Filipino Community Organization in Brunei, receives the Certificate of Appreciation from CDA Pete Delfin and other Embassy Officials for their participation at the 2019 Brunei National Day Parade.

Philippine Embassy Opens Overseas Voting for the 2019 National Elections Today

Mr. Jaime T. Benedicto, Filipino Overseas Voter in Brunei Darussalam casting the first ballot on 13 April 2019.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam opened the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) for the 2019 National Elections today at the Chancery at exactly 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Jaime T. Benedicto, 54 years old, cast the first vote. Mr. Benedicto has been working in Brunei Darussalam as a technician for almost seventeen (17) years. “Hindi ako nakaboto noong nakaraang Presidential Elections. Gusto ko ngayon makaboto para maranasan ko din ang pagboto kahit wala ako sa Pilipinas. (I was not able to vote in the last Presidential Elections. Now I want to vote to experience it even if I am not in the Philippines.)”

The Embassy of the Philippines will be open for Overseas Voting starting today, 13 April 2019 until 13 May 2019, including Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Overseas Voting will also be open on 18 April 2019 (Maundy Thursday), 19 April 2019 (Good Friday) and 01 May 2019 (Labor Day). END

 

Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin and Embassy personnel welcomes Mr. Jaime Benedicto (middle in dark blue shirt) the first Overseas Voter in Brunei

 

 

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

 

BRUNEI PE SUCCESSFULLY HOLDS THE FINAL TESTING AND SEALING OF VOTE COUNTING MACHINE FOR 2019 ELECTIONS

Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas briefs the attendees of the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) to be used for the Automated Elections at the Embassy.

In view of the forthcoming 2019 National and Local Elections, the Embassy of the Philippines in Brunei Darussalam conducted the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the Vote Counting Machine that will be used for this year’s Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV). The event was held at Post’s main lobby on 07 April 2019.

The FTS was led by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Jaybee B. Arguillas along with other Embassy personnel. Present to witness the proceedings were officers of accredited Filipino Community (FilCom) organizations and registered poll watchers.

During the FTS, Vice Consul Arguillas briefed the attendees of the different features and functions of the VCM. She also explained the voting procedures in relation to the Automated Election System (AES) to be adopted by Post in this year’s elections.

The participants conveyed their appreciation to the Embassy for giving them an opportunity to take part in the FTS. In response, Vice Consul Arguillas called on the FilCom in Brunei to exercise their right to vote. Registered voters can officially cast their votes at the polling station in the Embassy beginning 13 April 2019. The last day of overseas absentee voting will conclude on 13 May 2019. END

 

Embassy personnel showing the empty ballot box to the members of the Filipino Community (FilCom) organizations and accredited poll watchers.

 

Diagnostic testing was conducted to check the functionalities of the VCM.

 

Selected attendees participated in the mock voting.

 

 

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