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No. PR-053-2014
15 April 2014

Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia Urged
to Heed Saudi Ministry of Health Guidance
on MERS Coronavirus

 

(Riyadh, 15 April 2014) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia to take necessary precautions and follow the guidance of the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) with regard to the Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The Embassy continues to advise Filipino nationals in Saudi Arabia to remain calm and follow existing guidelines given by Saudi MOH (as shown in the infographic below), particularly on regular and thorough washing of hands, frequent use of hand sanitizers, and observing other general hygiene practices. Those who experience any of the disease’s symptoms are urged to immediately seek medical attention.

If you have specific queries, the MOH Hotline can be reached at 800-249-4444.

On 9 April 2014, Saudi Health Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah stated that “the rate of incidence is still low, and doesn’t represent an epidemic … according to the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the relevant scientific committees.”

On 12 April 2014, the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed one Filipino worker died on April 10 due to MERS-CoV, while five other Filipinos who were infected remain in quarantine as a precaution but are recovering.

The WHO has identified the symptoms of MERS-CoV, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and even diarrhea. Human cases of MERS-CoV have also been reported in other Middle Eastern countries, such as Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. (END)

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PR-052-2014
13 April 2014

 

Philippine Embassy Outreach to Al-Khobar on 11-12 April 2014
Serves 532 ePassport Renewal Applicants

 

(Riyadh, 13 April 2014) – The “Embassy on Wheels” mobile consular activity in Al-Khobar held on 11-12 April 2014 served a total of 532 ePassport renewal applicants. In addition to the ePassport renewal applications, the two-day activity was able to provide consular services to 313 other clients.

Also processed by the mobile consular team were 62 passport extensions, 15 Reports of Birth (ROB), 5 Lost Passports, 228 notarial applications and authentication, and 3 Travel Document issuances.

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The next “Embassy on Wheels” in Al-Khobar is scheduled on 25-26 April 2104, also at the Al Jazeera International School in Dammam.

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Those who were able to avail themselves of consular services during the EOW accomplished 93 Client Feedback forms, out of 250 forms distributed. The client feedback mechanism is part of the Embassy’s program to improve customer service. The following were the results of the survey:

 

QUALITY OF SERVICE

EXCELLENT

SATISFACTORY

NEUTRAL

UNSATISFACTORY

POOR

 
 

COURTEOUSNESS

66

18

8

0

0

 

PROMPTNESS

56

26

8

0

0

 

KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY

63

21

6

0

0

 

FACILITIES

EXCELLENT

SATISFACTORY

NEUTRAL

UNSATISFACTORY

POOR

 
 

COMFORT

50

28

13

0

0

 

CLEANLINESS

49

28

9

0

0

 

SUFFICIENCY

46

30

10

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO. OF FORMS DISTRIBUTED

250

 

 

 

 

 

NO. OF FORMS RETURNED

93

 

 

 

 

 

PERCENTAGE

37%

 

 

 

 

 

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PR-051-2014
13 April 2014

Philippines to Promote Tourism at Riyadh Travel Fair

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The Philippines is inviting the public to visit its booth at the Riyadh Travel Fair that starts Tuesday 15 April at the Kingdom Four Season in Riyadh, with participation from the Philippine Department of Tourism and Cebu Pacific and Shangri-La Makati.

Representatives from the Philippine Department of Tourism Mr Glenn Raymond Agustin and Mr. Stalingrad Samson, joined by Mr. Glen Johnston of AVIAREPS, and Mr. Antonio Rodriguez of Cebu Pacific met with Embassy officials led by Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago in preparation for the Philippine participation in the Riyadh Travel Fair.

In 2013, about 36,000 tourists visited the Philippines from Saudi Arabia, which is a 30% percent increase from 2012. The Philippines is intensifying its marketing and promotion of the country as a tourist destination for Saudis and expatriates living in the Kingdom, starting with a launch late last year of “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign with travel

agencies and tour operators. In the past two years, the Philippines has also arranged familiarization tours for tour agencies who visited various destinations in the Philippines.

During a meeting with the Filipino community on 11 April at the Embassy, Ambassador Ezzedin Tago encouraged the community to also promote tourism among their expatriate and Saudi colleagues, and inviting them to visit the Philippines during their holidays.

Saudi and GCC nationals do not need an entry visa for the Philippines for a visit of 30 days or less.

The Embassy invites all Filipinos, expatriates and Saudis to visit the Philippine booth at the Riyadh Travel Fair, starting on 15 April 2014.

 

No. PR-050-2014
13 April 2014

“Kapihan sa Embassy” Held
with Filipino Community in Riyadh

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(Riyadh, 13 April 2014) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh held an afternoon “Kapihan sa Embassy” forum with about 30 Filipino community leaders from the Riyadh area on Friday, 11 April 2014.

The forum, which was chaired by Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin Tago, was an opportunity to brief the Filipino community about the highlights of the Embassy’s work over the past year, and its priorities and directions in 2014.

“It is vastly important that the Embassy keeps the Filipino community abreast of our work and our specific achievements in the delivery of our mandate here in Saudi Arabia. The community plays a part in helping us achieve our objectives, especially through their continued awareness and support for the Embassy’s programs and projects,” remarked Ambassador Tago.

The briefing consisted of a recap of the Embassy’s 2013 accomplishments in all of its areas of policy and consular work, and a discussion on the priorities for the current year. These priorities include the overseas voter registration for the 2016 national elections, maintaining a high level of service delivery for consular clients, undertaking outsourcing of passport services, continuing to provide extensive assistance to distressed nationals, and more effectively tapping the Saudi tourism market.

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More photos will be posted on the Embassy’s website and Facebook page.(END)

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