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Flag Raising at the Philippine Embassy to Commemorate
Philippine Independence



Ambassador Tago leads the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy during the Flag-Raising ceremony.


(RIYADH, 12 June 2014) – Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago led the 80-strong officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy during the Flag-Raising ceremony on 12 June 2014 to commemorate the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

The ceremony was followed by the reading of the messages of President Benigno S. Aquino, Vice President, Jejomar C. Binay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario and Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz, by Ambassador Tago, Minister and Consul General Marshall Louis M. Alferez, Second Secretary and Consul Mary Jennifer D. Dingal and Labor Attache Rustico M. Dela Fuente, respectively.


Ambassador Tago reading the Independence Day message of President Benigno S. Aquino


This was followed by the singing of “Tagumpay Nating Lahat” by the Philippine Embassy Choir and the traditional Filipino breakfast. (END)

Press Release
PR- 075 -2014
11 June 2014

Philippine Embassy hosts Diplomatic
Reception to celebrate 116th Anniversary of
Philippine Independence



(Riyadh, 9 June 2014) The Philippine Embassy celebrated the 116th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 27 May 2014 with a diplomatic reception at the Al Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh. Around 200 distinguished guests attended, officials from the different Saudi government offices, Saudi businessmen and Ambassadors and representatives from the various diplomatic missions in Riyadh.

This year’s theme is “Kalayaan 2014: Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago,” calling on a new generation of Filipinos to take inspiration from the lives of the Philippine revolutionary heroes and emulate their nationalistic fervor to bring about positive and lasting change in the Philippines.

The celebration was honored by the attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the new Emir of Riyadh. The Emir congratulated Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago, who in turn thanked the Emir for gracing the occasion and personally invited him to visit the Philippines.


The partnership between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia has remained strong and productive through the years, and bodes well for the warm friendship sure to endure between their two peoples for generations to come.

Bilaterally, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia continue to build on their economic ties. Saudi Arabia is the Philippines’ 12th top trading partner and ranked 32nd among the latter’s export markets. Saudi Arabia has also remained the Philippines’ 8th largest source of investments.

In terms of tourism, there has been an increasing trend in the arrival of Saudi visitors to the Philippines since 2009. A total of 38,969 Saudi visitors came to the Philippines in 2013 compared to only 19,101 in 2009, buoyed largely by the Embassy’s active tourism promotion in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with local travel agencies.


Another landmark was set in May 2013, when the two countries signed the bilateral agreement on the recruitment of domestic workers.

Photos of the event are available online through this link: (END)



PR - 070- 2014

Embassy Reiterates Call to Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia
to Help Prevent Spread of MERS-CoV by following
Existing Government Guidance for Prevention

(Riyadh, 26 May 2014) – Following a recent news article on the Embassy’s advisory regarding MERS-CoV testing for Filipino workers, the Embassy clarifies and reiterates that MERS-CoV testing is voluntary for Filipino workers, including those who intend to travel back to the Philippines.

The Embassy further reiterates its previous advice that Filipino workers in the healthcare sector and those who have had contact with known MERS-CoV patients are strongly encouraged to voluntarily undergo MERS-CoV testing at least 14 days prior to travel abroad.

The Embassy also reaffirms its 9 May 2014 advisory calling all Filipinos residing in the Kingdom, to strictly follow the basic protection measures issued by the Department of Health in the Philippines and the Saudi Ministry of Health, such as:

  • Covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Washing your hands properly, especially after coughing, sneezing and using toilets;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and,
  • Maintaining good hygiene and have plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food to boost your body resistance.

Filipino health workers are advised to strictly follow infection control protocols in their workplace. Those who have been exposed to MERS-CoV patients may wish to undergo voluntary MERS-CoV screening thru their respective employers, especially if they intend to travel abroad.

All international airports in the Philippines are currently enforcing strict screening procedures for MERS-CoV and other infectious diseases. Filipinos who intend to travel to the Philippines are encouraged to undergo voluntary MERS-CoV screening before departing Saudi Arabia.

The Filipino community in the Kingdom is advised to obtain MERS-CoV updates from the websites of the following agencies: Philippine Embassy (, the Department of Health (, and the Saudi Ministry of Health (

The Embassy also urges the Filipino community in the Kingdom to contact the following hotlines to share information on possible MERS-CoV cases involving Filipinos and for clarifications on the official guidance:

  1. PHILIPPINE EMBASSY, RIYADH         -     +966 51 504 6362
  2. PHILIPPINE CONSULATE, JEDDAH     -     +966 55 521 9613





Press Release
12 May 2014

Philippine Embassy meets with medical professionals and
community in Riyadh and Eastern on MERS

A Riyadh - based senior nurse reminds her colleagues on basic practices for infection control during a meeting in Riyadh on 10 May.


(Riyadh) Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago led Embassy officials in meeting with community members and especially Filipino medical professionals in the Eastern Region on 9 May and in Riyadh on 10 May to discuss latest developments on the MERS Corona Virus.

Philippine Embassy officials stressed to the medical professionals the need to follow infection prevention and control guidelines prescribed by the hospitals, the Saudi Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization.

Ambassador Tago and Embassy officials also reviewed with the community the various advisories and information from the Philippine Department of Health and the Saudi Ministry of Health, all of which are available on the Embassy website (, the MOH website (, and the Philippine DOH website (

Labor Attaché Alejandro Padaen (standing left) gives an introduction to start the meeting with the Philippine Nurses Association (Eastern) and the community in Al-Khobar on 9 May.


Since the school year is about to start, the Philippine curriculum schools in the Eastern Region and Riyadh committed to hold information campaigns for their staff, students and their parents. In addition, professional organizations committed to hold echo briefings for their members to ensure that valuable information on how to prevent and avoid infection with MERS resonates to the community.

The Philippine Embassy urged everyone to refer to official website for information on latest advisories, and urged all Filipinos to refrain from echoing unconfirmed information from social media.

The Embassy reiterated to healthcare workers the previous advice for them to strictly follow infection control protocols in their respective workplaces, and to undergo voluntary MERS CoV screening through their employers, especially if they intend to travel. In addition, the Embassy reiterated to the rest of the community to follow prevention techniques advised by the MOH and the DOH and to follow general health practices that enhance their immune system.###