300 Filipinos benefit from outreach programme

RAS AL KHAIMAH — More than 300 Filipino expatriates, including families, made use of the outreach programme held by the Philippine Consulate in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. They saved the money they would have had to spent to go to Dubai to complete transactions that ranged from applying for passports to registering marriage.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Sun 24 Oct 2010, 11:56 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:33 PM

Philippine Consul-General Benito B. Valeriano told Khaleej Times that the majority of the people came for e-passport and authentication of affidavits of support. “The outreach programme has been beneficial to the Filipinos residing in these two emirates because it saves them money and time. They do not have to be absent from their work to have their documents authenticated or their passports renewed at the consulate,” he said.

The rest of the beneficiaries either reported births or requested authentication of special power of attorney for their families in the Philippines or paid their monthly dues for Pag-IBIG Provident Fund and Social Security System (SSS) membership. The Consul-General also helped a couple in Fujairah register their marriage. He said the outreach programme would certainly reduce the number of applicants for affidavit authentication — 300 on average daily — queuing up at the consulate. “The number of applicants for e-passport is also between 150 and 200.”

A total of 15 staff from the consulate, the Philippine Overseas Labour Office, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Pag-IBIG Provident Fund oversaw the outreach programme. — lily@khaleejtimes.com

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