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Sunday, June 13, 2021

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All you need to know about overseas voting

As the Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne prepares for the registration of overseas voters for the May 9, 2022 Philippine national elections, we thought it would be timely to devote this column to all matters relating to overseas voting...

Citizenship law: The child of a Filipino is a Filipino, regardless of place of birth

In the course of our consular work, we frequently encounter passport applicants tagging along their minor children, either of mixed race or full Filipino blood. When asked whether their children have been issued Philippine passports, it is not uncommon...

“SPA,” “red ribbon,” “apostille,” and how to consularise those documents

It is not uncommon for us at the Consulate to be asked questions like, “Sa inyo po ba kumukuha ng SPA?” or “Papaano po magpa-red ribbon?” These, of course, refer to the requirement for overseas Filipinos, or anyone, for...

Bouncing back from the pandemic: A gender perspective

A year ago on the 8th of March, the big news stories that hugged the headlines in Victoria were all about the outbreak of the new coronavirus, except one -- that of a loggerhead turtle that travelled 37,000 kms...

Did Facebook overstep the bounds of its market power?

Today is the second day since Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban news on its Australian platform and this includes the Philippine Times/Philtimes FB Page. However, Facebook also removed posts from certain government pages such as...

All about NBI Clearance

One of the consular services in high demand at this time is the consularisation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance applications. The obvious reason is the overwhelming volume of visa applications from Filipino tourists stranded in Victoria over...

Travel and consular services: What you need to know

For the guidance and information of the public, the Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne takes this opportunity to respond to recurrent questions on the status of travel and consular services in light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19...

A full-fledged Consulate at your service

At the outset, I should take this opportunity to introduce myself and my office, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Melbourne, which has consular jurisdiction over Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.  Ok, I get it. Some people are still...

Message to the community as I complete my tour of duty

 As we welcome the New Year, as a time of hope and opportunity, we are also overwhelmed by the devastation caused by bushfires and the significant effect that this disaster is having on families and communities across so many...

Why I prefer working in public over private hospital

By Michelle Aranda I am a registered nurse (RN) and have worked in both the private and public health sector. In my 22 years of nursing practice here in Australia, I have experienced working in Brisbane and, for the most...
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