Philippine Embassy Holds Outreach to Haifa

13 August 2017 - As part of its efforts to increase the accessibility of consular and labor services to Filipinos in Israel, the Philippine Embassy in Israel dispatched an outreach team to Haifa on Saturday, 12 August, to offer passport, notarial, and OWWA services in close coordination with the Filipino Workers’ Association (FWA) in Haifa.

 

The team served over 100 clients during the half-day outreach, processing 45 passport applications and 18 notarial documents and 96 applications for Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership. Prior to the outreach, the team also received requests for the releasing of new passports and voter’s IDs. Over 50 applicants were able to collect their new passports and voter’s IDs in Haifa, rather than having to make a return trip to the Embassy in Tel Aviv.

 

During their outreach to Haifa, the team took the opportunity to conduct a Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) for close to 150 Filipino workers, in coordination with the Israeli OFW Association (IOA). Labor Attaché Rodolfo Gabasan briefed attendees on their basic rights and obligations as workers in Israel, while Consul Reichel Quiñones provided an overview of consular services provided by the Embassy. Welfare Officer Cornelia Chanco closed the seminar with a comprehensive briefing on the various programs and services that overseas Filipino workers could avail themselves of as members of OWWA.

 

The team also received applications for overseas absentee voter registration, processing the applications of over 200 Filipinos.

 

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Members of the Filipino community avail themselves of the consular and labor services during the Embassy’s outreach mission in Haifa

 

 

The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv conducts quarterly outreaches to Haifa and Jerusalem, which host the largest Filipino communities in the northern and southern parts of Israel, respectively. These outreaches supplement the Embassy’s regular operating hours, which are from Sunday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30p.m.

 

For more information or updates on the Embassy’s activities and scheduled outreaches, please visit http://www.philippine-embassy.org.il or follow the Embassy’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineEmbassyTelAviv.  -   END