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Filipinos in Belgium
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Only 3,067 Filipinos are officially registered with the Belgian National Institute of Statistics.  Moreover, based on the findings of the Post during the OAV registration, it appears that a considerable number of Filipinos have become naturalized Belgians and Luxembourgeois over the years. Approximately 60% of the Filipinos in Belgium and Luxembourg are females.

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There are "temporary migrants" such as students currently enrolled in Belgian educational institutions, as well as OFWs with pending applications under the Law of 1980, Article 9.3.  Post also considered OFWs employed by diplomats with fixed periods as falling within the purview of Temporary Residents.  These non-Belgium based OFWs employed by members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium and various EU institutions are normally brought by their respective diplomat-employers to their next place of assignment after the lapse of their tenure in Belgium as diplomats.

Filipinos in Belgium and Luxembourg engage in the following lines of work:  Barbers/hairstylers (home service); Bartenders; Butlers; waiters; Carpentry work; Children's escort service; Cooks; Dishwashers; Dog/cat sitters; Drivers; Electrical repair; installation work; Factory assemblers; Food processing plant packagers; Gardeners; House cleaners; House sitters/home managers; Hotel housekeeping staff/porters; Part-time workers engaged in laundering and ironing; Mechanics; Office cleaners; Painters; Plumbers; Wall paper and carpet layers; Baby sitters; Caterers; Elderly care service providers; Entertainers (Antwerp area); Nannies; Sewers; Tutors; Domestic helpers/general utility personnel working with Diplomatic Missions and households; professionals in private firms, e.g., abstractors, data encoders (a small number though).

Filipino Community Organizations in Belgium and Luxembourg

At present, there are seventy-four listed associations of Filipinos residing in Belgium and Luxembourg.  There are umbrella organizations in Belgium such as the Council of Filipino Associations in Belgium (COFAB) with 10 member-organizations and the Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF) with 5 member-organizations.

Among these organizations are regional groupings such as the Grand Ilocandia of Belgium, the Hinunangan Association, the Pangasinenses Group, the Victorian Community, the Novo Ecijano sa Belgium and others.  There are also four (4) Knights of Rizal Chapters.  There are also a couple of sports organizations like the Philippine Sports Community and Filipino Sports Community of Antwerp.  There are cause-oriented groups like the Samahan, several socio-cultural groupings like Sampaguita, Mabuhay Friends Club, Belga-Cultura Filipina etc, and numerous religious groupings.  Greatly noticeable among these organizations are those which have been established by Belgians married to Filipinas and who desire to help the Philippines through the organizations, among which are Cadaatan vzw, Friendship for the Philippines, Kempen-Philippines Association, and Kababayan Filipino Community.  In Luxembourg, Letzebuergesch-Philippinesch Aktioun Fir Den Development (LPAD), the Samahan ng mga Pilipino Luxembourg asbl and Philippine-Luxembourg Society are the current Filipino organizations.

The Philippine Embassy pursues active collaboration with all of these Filipino community organizations in Belgium and Luxembourg and engages their cooperation in various activities to foster a united and true Filipino community spirit.

 

Philippine Embassy in Brussels

 

297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels

E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78
Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25

Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73
Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 74

Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177

 

Consulates

 

ANTWERP

Mr. PETER VAN BOGAERT
Consul General, a.h. (Antwerp, Belgium)
Telefax: +323 325 71 16
GSM +324 754 609 32
[email protected]

Mr. ANTONIO GUANSING
Consul a.h. (Antwerp, Belgium)
GSM +324 754 228 61
Fax: +323 325 71 16
[email protected]
[email protected]

LUXEMBOURG

Mr. ALAIN KINSCH
Consul General a.h. (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)
+352.42.124.84.44
Fax No. 352.421.245.555
[email protected]


 

 

Appointment_UrgentOperating Hours of the
Consular Section

  • Assessment and processing of applications for consular services is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)

 

 

 

 

Announcements and Links

 

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  • Situational reports on the effects of Typhoon Yolanda can be found at the website of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph)
  • Republic Act No. 10590 An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9189, entitled "An Act Providing for a System of Overseas Absentee Voting by Qualified Citizens of the Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for other Purposes" (Click here)