PHL EMBASSY IN ROME CONDUCTS ITS FIRST OUTREACH MISSION TO MALTA
01 April 2014 – With the recent addition of the Republic of Malta as one of the countries under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy in Rome, the Embassy conducted its first-ever Outreach Mission to Malta on 21-23 March 2014. The mission was organized in cooperation and in close coordination with Mr. Kevin Attard, the nominated consular officer a.h. in Malta. The 11-man Embassy team was led by Minister and Consul General Leila Lora-Santos and included a POLO team led by Labor Attache, Atty. Viveca Catalig.
Minister and Consul General Leila Lora-Santos and Labor Attache, Atty. Viveca Catalig, together with the teams of the PHL Embassy and POLO, and selected volunteers from the Filipino communities.
The Outreach Mission, comprising of both the Consular and POLO team, serviced around 500 Filipinos, with 172 e-passports renewed, 34 affidavit/SPAs notarized, 62 documents authenticated, 18 marriages and 6 births reported and 2 dual citizenship applications processed. Attached is the matrix (Attachment A) on the consular services rendered during the outreach. The POLO team verified 72 employment contracts, 8 OEC/Exit Pass and 58 OWWA membership. Noteworthy during the mission was the presence of a substantial number of Maltese employers who took the opportunity of the outreach to meet and discuss with Labor Attaché Atty. Viveca Catalig labor-related concerns as well as to verify the employment contracts, executed with their Filipina carers.
(Left photo) Mr. Paul Falzon, the ITF Representative in Malta and also Head of the General Workers' Union, updates Consul General Lora-Santos on the situation of Filipino seafarers aboard Lady Bug B. (Right photo) A handicapped couple personally expresses their gratitude to their two Filipina caregivers on whom they are fully dependent on for their day-to-day living. The couple likewise conveyed their appreciation to the Embassy’s assistance in facilitating the necessary documentation for their Filipina carers, noting that without the carers, Maltese law would be required to live in special homes, separated from each other.
Other highlights of the outreach were (i) the chance to meet with members of the Filipino community in Malta, and some of its leaders such as Veronica Ugates of Filipino, Community in Malta, Mona Robong of FOCOWIM (Filipino Overseas Contract Workers in Malta) and Jennifer Caleya of the Filipino Migrants in Malta (FMM); (ii) the briefing provided by Mr. Paul Falzon on the status of Filipino seafarers onboard Lady Bug B, and his efforts to assist in their payment of wages and eventual repatriation; and (iii) the receipt of accountable documents/paraphernalia from the former Philippine consulat officer in Malta, Ms. Sara Grech. END
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY GOES TO MESSINA FOR CONSULAR OUTREACH
05-06 April 2014 – Philippine Embassy Rome representatives headed by Vice Consul Margret Malang went to Messina to extend consular services to Filipinos in Messina, Reggio Calabria and neighboring cities. The team was able to process 466 e-passports, 23 reports of birth and 43 notarials.
The Philippine Labor Office headed by Labor Attache Viveca Catalig likewise joined the outreach together with OWWA, Pag-Ibig and SSS.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. actively engaged with Filipinos in Messina and Reggio Calabria and heard their valuable views on consular and POLO concerns.
(Photo Credits: ACF Messina)
DAR SECRETERY DE LOS REYES VISITS EMBASSY
On 07 March 2014, Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes of the Department of Agrarian Reform visited the Philippine Embassy in Rome to meet with the Embassy’s officers and staff and to join in the Embassy’s commemoration of International Women’s Day.
On 10 March 2014, at the Embassy Social Hall, Secretary de los Reyes met with some members the Filipino Community from the south of Italy to discuss various concerns of the Filipinos in Italy, ranging from agrarian reform, agri-business, land registration, real estate loans, payment of taxes, and even proposals from the community for the computerization of government bank transactions and civil status (NSO) documents.
The Secretary of Agrarian Reform was on an official visit to Rome for consultation meetings with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) to strengthen family farming initiatives and projects in the Philippines. He was accompanied by Land Bank Director Domingo Diaz.
AMBASSADOR REYES ACCOMPANIES FAO DG TO MEET WITH TYPHOON-STRICKEN FARMERS IN THE PHILIPPINES