Sunday, 28 May 2017 Brussels Belgium
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

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 March 2017 14:25 )
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

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

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 and to our CFO website:

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
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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 )

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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