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Repatriation Activities in Syria
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:44    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila reported that in view of the raising of alert level 3 (voluntary repatriation) in Syria due to the security situation in the country and upon the instruction of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the full and effective implementation of the alert level, the DFA has implemented additional measures to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipinos there.

  • Filipinos in Syria are enjoined to go home, and if they so decide, government will provide all necessary assistance.

Since the declaration of alert level 3 on August 16, there are 562 Filipinos who have signified their intention to be repatriated to the Philippines.

  • The DFA has organized the Task Group on Voluntary Repatriation-Syria.Relatives of Filipinos in Syria living in the Philippines may call the following numbers:

-    From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they may also call hotlines 834-4617 to 24, in addition to the previous numbers 834-3245 and 834-3240.

- From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., the numbers 834-3333 and 834-4997 are open to accept calls.

  • Filipinos in Syria may call the Philippine Embassy in Damascus at the dedicated hotline numbers+96311-6132626,+96393-2176214and+96399-0270464to seek assistance and information from the Embassy.
  • They may also email their queries and concerns at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Queries and request for assistance may also be sent via text at +639275768621or+639158445546.
  • The Overseas Preparedness and Response Team, headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., will deploy a 10-member Rapid Response Team (RRT) for Syria as augmentation personnel to the Embassy in its efforts to repatriate Filipinos in the country.The team is composed of officials from the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).They are expected to leave for Syria on September 6.END
Last Updated ( Monday, 12 September 2011 14:54 )
Migration Advocacy and Media Awards
Monday, 01 August 2011 13:10    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

MAMThe Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) has announced the opening of nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.

Conceived in 2011, by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines, which was chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co-chaired by the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

Works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad are eligible for the Awards. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.

Entries must be submitted on or before 30 September 2011 to MAM Awards' Secretariat, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.

For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Secretariat at (+632) 561-8291 (telefax), (+632) 552-4766 or email at 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  

2011 Bagong Bayani Awards
Thursday, 28 July 2011 14:01    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Bagong_Bayani_2011The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced the search for outstanding and exemplary Overseas Filipino Workers to be recognized during the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards, under the auspices of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), which will be held in December 2011 at the Malacañan Palace, to be graced no less that by the President.

The BBFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization organized in 1989 to promote recognition and appreciation of the role of Filipino Overseas Workers in the Philipine society and economy, to foster high standards of responsibility, efficiency and integrity among them, to promote the welfare of our OFWs. The POEA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are the members of the Foundation together with private sector representatives from both the landbased and seabased sector and both the OWWA and POEA Administrators sit as members of the Board of Trustees.

The Bagong Bayani Awards(BBA) is a major program of BBFI to pay tribute to the country's outstanding OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation's foreign exchange earnings. The first Awards was held in 1984 and is now being held every two (2) years.

The nomination form, who may nominate, category of awards and the criteria for the different award categories may be downloaded from the POEA website ( The nomination, with supporting documents may be submitted to:

BAGONG BAYANI FOUNDATION, INC. (BBFI) Secretariat, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Building, POEA, Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA Mandaluyong City, 1501 Philippines

The period for submission of nominations has been extended until 31 July 2011.





Monday, 01 August 2011 12:34    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated ( Monday, 01 August 2011 12:52 )
65th Anniversary of PH-Bel Relations
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:35    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

PH-Bel14- July 2011, Brussels, Belgium -- His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, hosted a reception today at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Belgium.

In his speech, Ambassador Manalo highlighted the significant cooperative undertakings that mark the strengthening of ties between the two countries since the establishment of the diplomatic relations on 04 July 1946. Among Belgium's most prominent development cooperation projects in the Philippines are the Phase II Modernization of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System in Metro Manila and the Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Program (BIARSP). The Belgian Government likewise donated monetary assistance for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2010.

He also mentioned the key role of Belgium in the history of the Philippines when in the 1890s Dr. Jose Rizal wrote and edited his El Filibusterismo in Brussels and published the said book in Ghent, Belgium.

The Ambassador also articulated that Belgium is one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in the European Union, with a remarkable growth of 222.9 percent in Belgium's foreign direct investments  (FDI) inflows to the Philippines in the years 2009 to 2010.

"Much can be recited on but allow me to end this nostalgic trip through our common history by expressing confidence that our strong and deeply rooted relations will endure for years to come," Ambassador Manalo concluded.  

In his reply, Ambassador Bertrand de Combrugghe, Director for Asia and Oceania of the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, mentioned the robust and strengthened relations between the two countries with the initialing of the Philippines-Belgium Joint Partnership Agreement on the Fields of Mutual Interest, the increasing number of Filipinos registered in Belgium, the increasing number of visas from around 3,000 to 7,000 in 2010 granted by the Belgian Embassy in Manila to Filipinos. He also specifically mentioned that, for the first time in history, the balance of trade between the two coutnries has shifted in favor of Belgium in 2010. He expressed enthusiasm in the eventual signing of the JPA and the Philippines-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement. He then assured the Philippines of Belgium's commitment to a stronger bilateral diplomatic relations in the decades to come.

Ambassador de Combrugghe thanked Ambassador Manalo for his cooperation during his tenure in Belgium and recalled their close work together particularly during Belgium's Presidency at the European Union and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). He also personally expressed his best wishes to Ambassador Manalo in relation to the latter's preparations for his new posting in London.

The 65 years of dipliomatic relations of the two countries has developed steadily through the years and is characterized by harmony and close cooperation.


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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)


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