Tweet A SIGNIFICANT growth in visitor arrivals from the Philippines in 2011 was noted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), reporting that the number of visitor arrivals from Philippines reached 678,000 last year, a 24 percent increase compared to 544,000 in 2010. Sherina Chan, STB area director for the Philippines and Brunei, said, "2010 was […]

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Tweet A House panel wants to terminate the services of a contractor to address delays in passport processing. This was among the recommendations Representative Walden Bello and his fellow lawmakers submitted to the Foreign Affairs committee after an ocular inspection of  the passport processing office in the Office of Consular Affairs (OCA). Bello revealed the […]

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Tweet All passport applicants scheduled for appearance must appear physically at the DFA at the date and time of their scheduled personal appearance for data and image capturing. This applies to all passport applicants, aging from 0 years old onwards. DFA is strict about the personal appearance system, absolutely no chaperone allowed for passport applicants […]

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Barangay Singapore on September 5th, 2011

Tweet The Philippine Embassy in Singapore announced that the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila have fully resolved the technical issues causing the delay in the release of e-passports. Applications for passport renewal received starting Thursday, 1 September 2011 will be processed and ready for release in six (6) weeks, instead of the current eight […]

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Barangay Singapore on September 1st, 2011

Tweet In a move to constantly upgrade its efficient service to the public for passport application and passport renewal, the Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has relocated to a state-of-the-art building located at the corner of Bradco Ave. and Macapagal Blvd. in Aseana Business Park, Paranaque City, just […]

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Tweet The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has detained a Cambodian national who attempted to apply for a Philippine passport using fake documents. BI intelligence chief Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang identified the Cambodian as 61-year-old Edy Hu. Hu is now at the immigration jail in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. "He is an undesirable alien," Mangrobang […]

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Tweet This videography report on wages in Singapore and the progress of employers in restructuring their wage system to be more flexible and performance-based. The findings are from a survey which effectively covered some 3,600 private establishments each employing at least 25 workers. Firms are encouraged to implement key wage recommendations for flexible wage system […]

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Barangay Singapore on August 18th, 2011

Tweet   The Employment Pass Online (EP Online) system will be enhanced to allow EP Online users to upload relevant supporting documents when submitting a work pass/related pass application. This means that employers will no longer need to submit physical copies of most supporting documents at MOM’s Work Pass Services Centres for verification. Currently, work […]

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Tweet The Singapore Government is committed to managing the size of the foreign workforce, as part of the broader strategies to achieve productivity-driven economic growth, as well as to ensure that Singaporeans remain at the core of a diverse and globally competitive workforce. The aim is to avoid increasing dependence on foreign workers over the […]

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Tweet Upon the directive of Secretary Leila De Lima, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has removed nearly 6,000 individuals from its hold departure list and watch list as part of ongoing efforts of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and BI to sanitize the bureau’s records and purge it of expired and obsolete derogatory orders. Immigration […]

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