Philippines Foreign Affairs Looking Out For Nationals In Palau

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Official says nationals ‘will not be left as orphans’

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, July 30, 2012) – An official from the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) came to Palau last week and met with the Filipino community here to know their concerns with the closure of the Philippine Embassy.

Bernardita Catalla, executive director of the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs of DFA, said that since there is no longer an embassy here, concerns of Filipinos will be handled directly by DFA.

During the meeting, among the concerns raised by Filipinos include the renewal of passports, authentication of documents and the runaways.

Catalla said she will relay these concerns to her head office to find out how DFA can be of help. Currently, DFA is looking for an honorary consul from Palau who can be of help to Filipinos that will be needing assistance. An honorary consul provides assistance to people who get into difficulties overseas.

In the meantime that there is no appointed honorary consul yet, Catalla advised the Filipinos here to establish solid relationship with fellow Filipinos and help each other.

Catalla assured that Filipinos in Palau will not be left as orphans despite closure of the embassy.

She also paid a courtesy visit to President Toribiong and discussed bilateral issues with ministers of State, Justice and Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism.

Catalla said she was assured by NRET Min. Harry Fritz, as well as President Toribiong, that Filipinos who will have problems with their employers can run to Labor office for assistance.

The president reportedly committed also to look for shelter for workers who are running away from their employers due to labor abuses.

On another development, a farewell program was held Sunday at Sea Passion Hotel for Philippine Ambassador to Palau Ramoncito Mariño and his staff. During the program, the embassy awarded certificates to outstanding overseas Filipino workers in Palau.

The Philippine Embassy is officially closing today.

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