Dateline: 14 May 2016, Saturday
Where: The Philippine Embassy, Singapore
The third in the series for this year, the Philippine Embassy hosted another great meeting and networking session with a number of Filipino Communities here. Here are some highlights of the event:
1. OAV in SG 2016
Election fever here ended last 9th May with the results posted online the following week in the Philippine Embassy’s Facebook page. In the Singapore tally, Mr. Duterte won the Presidential bid while his running mate, Mr. Cayetano won the VP race.
Here are some numbers that were shared during the presentation of Consul Gen. Vic Dimagiba on the recently concluded OAV:
39659 – number of people who voted out of 83721 registered voters in SG.
2 – Singapore was the country with the second highest OAV turnout, after Hongkong.
95 – percentage, of the 39659 voters who turned up, are those who appeared personally to vote.
5 – percent, of the above voters who turned up, are those who opted for postal voting.
45 – number of votes that Mr. Cayetano had more than Mr. Marcos, who placed second, in the VP race in the OAV-SG tally.
2017 – start of the next voters’ registration period.
In the midst of all this, SAMA volunteers lent their precious time and patience every Sunday during the one month election exercises (details in our previous post and photos here.). Ambassador Morales extended his appreciation and thanks to SAMA as well as those other organizations who did the same. The event was considered peaceful and orderly by most of the overseas Filipinos who cast their votes. For more details, please visit the Philippine Embassy website or Facebook page.
The Social Security System has an on-going Loan Restructuring Program. This program allows all SSS members, who are delinquent in paying their respective loans, to pay off their loans without interest. Please visit their office in Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road, Mondays – Sundays from 8am to 6pm. They also mentioned that they work even during lunch time. Details of the SSS OFW Coverage can be found in this link.
Republic Act 10022, also known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, which amends R.A.8042, “aims to provide insurance support to Filipino migrant workers as part of the State Responsibility to afford and ensure the protection and promotion of their fundamental rights and welfare.” It is a compulsory insurance plan that gives coverage to the overseas worker including other coverage that benefit their family members. One of the leading insurance companies in the Philippines, Charter Ping An in partnership with PAMIOFW, did a presentation on the topic and explained what coverage are included in the Bayaning Pinoy Family insurance pack. This package costs about Php5,000.00 per annum. Some slides below (click to zoom).
If you are interested, you may contact the numbers below as shown in their brochures. Unfortunately, the Singapore liaison or partner is still under review as of this writing.
4. Ateneo Certificate Program – LSE Program
“LSE” stands for Leadership, Financial Literacy and Social Entrepreneurship Program offered by the Ateneo School of Government. It is 10-12 sessions offered from May to November 2016 that gives the student how to be financially successful, a social entrepreneur and a leader. You may contact the number and email in their brochure below.
5. IBM Update
Isang Bangkang Malaya happening on 26th June 2016. Here’s a preview of the free dragonboat shirt…