Saturday, 29 April 2017 Brussels Belgium
Request for Quotation
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:59    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail
The Philippine Embassy in Brussels will undertake procurement for the “Landscaping of the Embassy’s front garden” in accordance with Section 53.9 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act No. 9184, and hereby invites all suppliers/contractors to submit quotes for the following project, to wit:
1. Removal of the existing shrubs (Buxus, Rhododendron etc)
Removal of 1 m from the Taxus hedge
Removal of a layer of soil
Evacuation of the whole.
Removal of part of the Azobé borders,
Decrease of the flowerbeds in a rectangular shape,
with placement of new Azobé borders and poles.
2. Providing mould, turf and Rhine sand
Digging up the ground and incorporation of what will be left of the existing soil.
3. Plantation of:
45 Buxus Sempervirens bush 50/60 (height) (to be trimmed on 50 cm height
to form a low hedge)
60 Carex Irish Green P9 (30-40 cm width)
You may send your quotations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline for the submission is on 18th April 2017, Tuesday. For inquiry, you may contact the Philippine Embassy at telephone number 02-3403397 and look for Francis.
Thank you.
Joint Ceasefire Agreement reached in PHL
Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:17    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

EEAS Statement- Interim Joint Ceasefire Agreement reached in the Philippines

On 5 April the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines reached an Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire which is to be effective until a permanent ceasefire agreement is forged as part of a Comprehensive Agreement on End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces.

This Interim Agreement demonstrates the power of political processes to resolve conflict. It is an encouraging step towards generating goodwill and trust in the peace negotiations, to encourage the forging of a more stable and comprehensive Joint Ceasefire Agreement and to provide an enabling environment for an early signing of a comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms. If asked, the European Union stands ready to support the implementation of the agreement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:53 )
Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:52    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Seasoned career diplomat Undersecretary Enrique Manalo is currently the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Undersecretary Manalo has been at the forefront in addressing several critical issues on foreign policy. His career in the Philippine Foreign Service spans nearly four decades since he joined the Department in 1979.

Despite being the son of two well-respected diplomats, Usec. Manalo has carved out a name for himself in the world of diplomacy and foreign affairs. Usec. Manalo is the son of the late Ambassador Armando Manalo, a journalist and the former Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and political adviser of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. His mother is Ambassador Rosario Manalo, the first female career diplomat of the Department of Foreign Affairs who was recently elected by acclamation as the Rapporteur of the 23-member Committee of Experts of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

He is currently the DFA’s Undersecretary for Policy, his second stint in the same position since first taking on the challenge as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy for three years from 2007 to 2010. He has represented the Philippines and has served as the chairman of various international meetings and conferences, the latest of which is the Senior Officials Meeting during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Boracay, Malay, Aklan, last February 20.

Before his appointment as the Undersecretary for Policy, Usec. Manalo previously served as the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016; Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland from 2013 to 2016; Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union from 2010 to 2011; and Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007.

Undersecretary Manalo has served the Department in various capacities prior to his first appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in 2003. His other tours of duty leading up to his eventual appointment as head of a diplomatic mission include the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.

At the home front, he began his career in the Philippine Foreign Service as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Deputy Minister from 1979 to 1981. After completing his first tour of duty at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, he served as the Special Assistant to the First Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Assistant Secretary for European Affairs after his stint as the Minister Counsellor of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1998 to 2000.

Usec. Manalo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines. He also completed his M.A. in Economics from the same university.

In between his normally hectic schedule, Usec. Manalo takes a break by reading, listening to classical music, or taking long walks. He is a husband to Madame Pamela Louise Hunt with whom he has two sons.



Last Updated ( Friday, 10 March 2017 15:53 )
DFA Statement on EP Resolution
Friday, 17 March 2017 08:40    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

DFA Statement on European Parliament Resolution on the Case of Senator Leila M. De Lima

17 March 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expresses its concern with the European Parliament's resolution on the case of Senator Leila De Lima as it casts aspersion on Philippine legal processes, its judicial system and the guarantees enshrined in the Constitution to uphold and protect the rights of all individuals. Philippine adherence to the rule of law remains as firm as ever, as is our commitment to the protection of human rights.

While we recognize the independent standing of the European Parliament within the EU system, resolutions that are crafted by its members of Parliament must necessarily possess unimpeachable standards, given the extremely sensitive topic of human rights. It is important that the elected members exert all efforts to secure more accurate information on resolutions, in order to avoid the impression of interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign non-EU countries.

The pillars of the criminal justice system remain to be effective and well- functioning in the Philippines, not only for Senator De Lima but for all.

The case is pending before the proper Philippine courts and the Philippine Government will allow the legal process to proceed accordingly. The Philippine Government asks the international community to refrain from influencing the outcome of a case that is rightly under the jurisdiction of Philippine local courts.

Allegations of state-sponsored extra-judicial killings are disturbing. The government is taking pains to investigate the veracity of these allegations of state-sponsored extra-judicial killings. This is being undertaken precisely to ensure that due process and the rule of law prevail even in situations of crises, such as the enormous drug problem that our society is facing. Public congressional hearings were convened to look into these allegations.

The Philippine Government stands ready and is firmly committed to strengthen existing mechanisms for dialogue and engagement on human rights and other issues with the EU and other international partners.

For instance, President Duterte recently ratified the Philippines-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which will serve as a general framework for relations between the Philippines and the European Union. As such, it will allow the two sides to address challenges in a more coherent and sustainable manner through regular dialogue. While the PCA will still undergo the concurrence process in the Philippine Senate, we hope the EU side will also complete its ratification process for the agreement. END

34th Session of the Human Rights Council
Friday, 03 March 2017 14:11    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

27 February 2017, Geneva Switzerland - The Philippines has resolute and uncompromising commitment to human rights and firm adherence to due process and strict observance of the rule of law, pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine Constitution and to the country's obligations under existing human rights treaties.

This was stressed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., who spoke before world leaders on the morning of February 27 at the opening of the High Level Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC 34 - HLS) at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Secretary Yasay highlighted in his speech the Philippines' pride in its longstanding history as an active champion of human rights in the United Nations. Secretary Yasay noted that in 1947, the Philippines was among the members of the first UN Commission on Human Rights, which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Six decades later, in 2006, the Philippines became a founding member of the Human Rights Council.

Beyond the Philippines fulfilling its obligations as a signatory to eight core UN human rights conventions and other human rights instruments, Secretary Yasay stressed that "(the) abiding respect for human rights is deeply rooted in the Filipino national consciousness, forged by historical experiences." This, he said was the reason "fundamental freedoms and human rights are vital" to the Filipino people and nation and "are held sacrosanct by Philippine laws".

Secretary Yasay pointed out that the over-arching rationale for the government's anti-illegal drug campaign was to uphold the Filipino people's right to "safe communities" and to protect the Filipino public "from the deadly scourge of drugs", citing that over 30 per cent of the country's population are under the age of 14.

"Like any other country, we want safe communities that will develop and nurture our people -especially our young - into becoming citizens who are fully abloom with their potentials," he stressed.

Secretary Yasay emphasized that the "higher and larger human rights issue is the human right to life, to a bright tomorrow, and the pursuit of happiness and progress for the (Filipino people)."

He underlined that in the conduct of the anti-illegal drug campaign, the government abides by its" solemn duty to uphold rule of law and due process as required under the Philippine justice system" and "remains resolute in continuing to promote, protect and uphold human rights of all persons within its jurisdiction."

Secretary Yasay's presence at the Human Rights Council in Geneva demonstrates the Philippines' commitment to its international obligations, in particular with the United Nations and its mechanisms. The Philippines shares the view that the UN Human Rights Council is essentially a forum and platform for multilateral dialogue, constructive engagement, understanding and cooperation among States and other relevant stakeholders for the promotion, protection, and fulfillment of all human rights.

The Philippines is among the 47 member-states of the Human Rights Council, sitting for the period 2016-2018. The Human Rights Council is the principal organ of the United Nations dealing with the promotion and protection of human rights.

Since the Human Rights Council was created on 15 March 2006, Secretary Yasay is the second Foreign Affairs Secretary who participated in the High Level Segment; the first was former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, who also addressed the Council at its 7th Session in March 2008.

The UN Human Rights Council is headquartered at the UN Office in Geneva and meets for its regular sessions thrice a year, i.e., March, June and September. The March session features high-level dignitaries from UN member States. For this year, 107 dignitaries, including the President of Palestine, are lined up for the three-day High Level Segment.

Secretary Yasay was among the first speakers out of the 107 dignitaries from all over the world. This is the biggest number of dignitaries that have addressed the Human Rights Council.

Dignitaries who spoke in the morning session include Mr. Antonio Guterres, the new UN Secretary General; Mr. Peter Thompson, President of the UN General Assembly; Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine; and, the Foreign Ministers of Croatia, Portugal, Slovakia, Paraguay, and El Salvador. END

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Philippine Embassy in Brussels


297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels

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

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78

Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25
Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177


Operating Hours of the
Consular Section

- Assessment and processing of application for a travel document is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)

Note: Applicants should come appropriately attired.






In view of the observance Philippine and Belgian holidays, the Embassy will be closed to the public on the following days:

  • 01 May 2017, Monday - Labor Day
  • 25 May 2017, Thursday - Ascension Day
  • 05 June 2017, Monday - Whit Monday
  • 12 June 2017, Monday - Philippine Independence Day

For urgent matters, please call the Embassy's Duty Officer Phone: 0488-609-177. Thank you.


2017 Declared Holidays

Trade & Investment Center

Jose Antonio S. Buencamino

Commercial Counselor
Avenue Louise 207, Bte 5B, 1050
Brussels, Belgium View Map
Tel: +32 2 649.44.00 / 649.89.48
Fax: +32 2 649.89.40







Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
Tel No./Fax (03) 325.71. 16


Consul General, a.h.

New Ernst & Young Bldg.35E Avenue John F. Kennedy 2L-1855 Luxembourg
Tel. No. (+352) 42 124 8444
(+352) 42 124 84 06 



Agricultural Office

Jose I.C. Laquian

Agricultural Attaché
Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
For more information on the Philippine agricultural sector, please visit the following website:


OV and other Advisories




The Department of Foreign Affairs requests the public's kind understanding on the ongoing delays in the release of passports. These delays are due to technical issues on the part of the company printing the passports.

Those with immediate travel plans are advised to wait until their passports are released before confirming their flights.

Please  be  assured  that  the  Department  is  exerting  all  efforts  to  ensure  the resumption of normal services as soon as possible.


List of OV in Belgium and Luxembourg whose registration will be deactivated by the RERB in OFOV for failing to vote in the last two consecutive elections (2013 and 2016).

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Belgium recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Luxembourg recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)


Notice of Hearing