Tuesday, 28 February 2017 Brussels Belgium
ARF Workshop in Brussels
Friday, 24 February 2017 14:47    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

On 15 - 16 February, the Philippines, together with the European Union and Australia, jointly organized in Brussels the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Mainstreaming the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in the ARF region.

The prevention of violent extremism is one of the five priorities of the ARF Work Plan for Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime. It shows a greater consciousness among the 27 ARF members of the need to enhance cooperation and develop a coordinated strategy in this field. For the Philippines, countering violent extremism is a priority and the government has developed a national action plan to curb the effects of radicalization. In addition, the government leads a whole society approach and develops local initiatives to prevent radicalization and to promote peace, as well as de-radicalization programs in prisons. Preventing violent extremism is a particularly relevant domain of international and regional cooperation and co-sponsoring a workshop on this pressing issue was a good opportunity to share good practices.

The workshop was divided in five different sessions during which the participants exchanged views on existing community-driven PVE initiatives, with a focus on youth; on the issue of de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists in prison settings; on the implementation of regional and international PVE policy framework; the development of successful counter-narratives to combat terrorist propaganda; and on the security perspective and the challenge of combining 'soft' and 'hard' approaches.

The workshop was attended by more than 100 representatives and experts from the ASEAN Secretariat, Malaysia, Laos, South Korea, New Zealand, Viet Nam, India, Australia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, China, the EU, Indonesia, Belgium, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, the United States, Brunei, Thailand and Russia. END

Migration Advocacy and Media Awards 2017
Monday, 13 February 2017 14:43    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


We are pleased to inform you that the nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards 2017 are now open. These awards were conceived in 2011 by the CFO and the Inter-Agency Committee for the December Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines. They aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of various issues on migration and development.

Eligible for the Awards are works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and blogging. The entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of overseas Filipinos and/or promoted a positive image of overseas Filipinos. Please note that nominees may be based in the Philippines or outside the country.

For more information about the MAM Awards, please go to the following web link

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/news/cfo-news-and-events/3468-mam-awards-cfo-now-accepting-nominations-for-mam-awards-2017.html and to our CFO website: www.cfo.gov.ph.

Entries to the Awards must be submitted on or before October 13, 2017(Friday). Mr. Frencel Tingga will coordinate with you regarding this matter. He may also be reached at:

MAM Awards Secretariat

Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
cor. Osmeria Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007
Telephone Number: (632) 552-4766; Facsimile Number: (632) 561-8327
Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ftingga @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To download the primer and nomination form, please click here


Last Updated ( Monday, 13 February 2017 14:54 )
Mango Investment Promotion in Belgium
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:40    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Brussels, 7 December 2016  ---The Department of Agriculture (DA), in cooperation with the Philippine  Mango  Industry  Foundation, Inc., conducted a mango investment forum in Brussels on 5 December 2016 to encourage overseas Filipinos  to support  and invest in the mango  industry. The industry has 2.4 million mango farmers  who stand to benefit from the expanded and sustained exportation of the fruit and its by-products.

Charge  d'Affaires Alan L. Deniega  welcomed the attendees composed of importers, retailers, and Filipino  community members. Humphrey Restaurant, a trendy restaurant in Brussels  specializing in interpretations of Filipino dishes,  served dinner which was topped off with a dessert  of fresh Philippine  mangoes.

The Philippine delegation was headed  by DA Regional Executive Director  Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:45 )
Sinulog Festival in Belgium
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:06    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


15 January 2017 - The Sint Franciscus Church in Antwerp was filled with hundreds of Filipino devotees and Belgian friends at the celebration of Sinulog 2017 on Sunday afternoon. This event was organized by the Filipino Catholic Community of Antwerp (FCCA) headed by Mr. Tony Guansing. Mr. Guansing is also the Philippine Honorary Consul in Antwerp.

The celebration started with the traditional and ritual dance in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño by the members of the FCCA. The holy mass was concelebrated by Fr. Jorgedy Bago, a Filipino Chaplain for Seafarers, and Fr. Robert Godding, SJ.

The Philippine Embassy, led by Chargé d’Affaires Alan Deniega, participated in the event. CDA Deniega noted in his message to the members of the Filipino community that, “Sinulog is not just a local festival for Cebu but also represents our strength of faith as Catholics and symbolizes our unity with Europe.” He also thanked the organizers for holding a very traditional religious festival even in such a far place as Belgium.

Just like any fiestas in the Philippines, an extravaganza of food and drinks were shared afterwards. END

BSP Circular No. 922 series of 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:06    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Frequent travelers to and from the Philippines may now bring up to PHP 50,000.00 when they go out of the country: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

According to BSP Circular No. 922 series of 2016, "A person may import or export, or bring with him into or take out of the country, or electronically transfer, legal tender Philippine notes and coins, checks, money order and other bills of exchange drawn in pesos against banks operating in the Philippines in an amount not exceeding PHP50,000 without prior authorization from the BSP."

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Philippine Embassy in Brussels


297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: consular.brusselspe@gmail.com

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
E-mail: brusselspe@gmail.com


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 of  special non-working holidays, the Embassy will be closed on Monday, 26 December and Friday, 30 December 2016 and Monday, 02 January 2017.

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
E-mail: brussels@dti.gov.ph
Web: www.dti.gov.ph







Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
E-mail: pb.vanbogaert@skynet.be
E-mail: aguansing@skynet.be
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 
Email: alain.kinsch@lu.ey.com



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: www.da.gov.ph


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)