3 September 2021, Haifa – The Philippine Embassy in Israel’s Consulate-On-Wheels (COW) returned to Haifa for its second outreach to the area in 2021. The COW team set up their stations at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish to offer a full range of frontline services to the Filipino community in Haifa, the second largest in Israel.

The Embassy team processed 37 passport renewals, 23 notarial and civil registry documents, 86 OWWA membership applications, 30 requests for SSS services, and distributed financial assistance to 3 Filipinos who had recovered from Covid. Welfare Officer Dina Ponciano held consultations with 3 Filipinos on their OWWA benefits and Labor Attaché Rodolfo Gabasan met with 2 Filipinos seeking guidance for the recovery of their placement fees.

Forty-four Filipinos registered as overseas voters during the outreach.

On the sidelines of the outreach, the Embassy conducted a townhall meeting with Filipino community leaders in Haifa, during which it shared updates on issues that community leaders had raised during the previous consular outreach in April.

Aside from its COW outreaches, the Embassy has also begun conducting mobile voter registration outreaches throughout Israel to ensure that Filipinos are given ample opportunity to register themselves as overseas voters ahead of the elections in May 2022. The voter registration period ends on 30 September 2021.

Filipinos in Israel interested in availing themselves of services through the COW or mobile registration program may Like and Follow the Embassy’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PHinIsrael for updates on the outreach schedule and links to the Google registration forms.  ---- END

   
 

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The Embassy team provided consular, labor, and other frontline services to OFWs during the Consulate on Wheels (COW) in Haifa. Filipinos in the area and from nearby cities were able to renew their passports, register as overseas voters, update their OWWA and SSS contributions, and consult with POLO and OWWA on labor – related issues.

 

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Consul General Reichel Quiñones, Vice Consul Judy Razon, Vice Consul Patricia Narajos, Defense Attaché Ewald Manay and Political Assistant Katheryne Wendy Cruz, meet with Filipino community leaders to discuss their concerns and provide updates on various issues.