Filcom Meeting No.4



The Filipino Community representatives with the Philippine consulate led by HE Amb. Morales had their 4th FilCom meeting last 16th of July at our Embassy in Nassim Road. Here are some of the highlights worth sharing to our SAMA members and friends in Singapore.

  1. Art Trek 10th year anniversary will be happening this last week of August until mid-October 2016. Schedule of activities will be posted in the embassy FB and web pages.
  2. Singapore investments to Philippines grew more than 50% this year. Remittances also had positive growth of about 17%.
  3. If you are interested in starting a business back home, the embassy has arranged for a Swine Raising Seminar to be held in the Bayanihan Center on 24 July 2016, from 9:30am. Please contact the Bayanihan Center for further inquiries.
  4. SSS Updates
    – The loan restructuring program in on-going until April 2017. For those with outstanding loans who have stopped contributing or delinquent members, you can now settle your loans without interest.
    – The UMID (Unified Multi-purpose ID) that used for SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG is also available from their SSS Singapore office. More information about this card can be found here. Please visit the SSS office in Lucky Plaza from Monday to Sunday for more inquiries.

After the meeting, all participants were treated with some lunch complete with dessert.

Viva Mapua !!!
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FilCom Meeting No.3

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.

2. SSS

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.

3. R.A.10022

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…




Viva Mapúa!!!

Bayanihan Workshop 2016

The Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore), or PBSS for short, had its workshop last 12th March participated by various leaders and representatives of the Filipino Communities in Singapore. It was a gathering or brainstorming meant for the review and improvement of the current mission, vision, purpose and services offered by the Bayanihan Center building located at 43 Pasir Panjang Road and is easily accessible via bus or mrt. More information can be found at it’s website:

SAMA was represented in this gathering by Edwin and Joy, current President and current Special Projects Committee Chairman, respectively. It was a whole day affair complete with buffet lunch and tea break snacks.

From left: Mr. Basty (BV), Atty. Ranvir (PBSS), Ms. Luz (Pinoy Star), Ms. Minnie (PBSS), Consul Mers (Phil. Embassy), Ms. Cristy (PBSS), Mr. Edwin (Guardians), Mr. James (USTAAS), Engr. Joy (SAMA), Cecil (Bayanihan Center), Engr. Edwin (SAMA), Mr. Pol (BV)

The participants were grouped into five tables comprising of 5-7 persons from different FILCOM organizations including the Philippine Embassy representatives. There were many good and creative ideas for the improvement of the Bayanihan Center but one among them was commonly raised. It was the idea of maintaining one room in the Bayanihan Center as a tambayan or a place to hangout with other FilCom groups. The room itself may have a number of tables assigned for each FilCom group willing to participate. This way, the networking, in the bayanihan sense, will be achieved.

The PBSS Board collated all the suggestions and will deliberate further with the hopes that the Bayanihan Center will be utilized to it’s full capacity. All of us in the room look forward to that.


Viva Mapua!





FILCOM Meeting No.2

March 5, 2016

SAMA attended the second FILCOM meeting for the year. SAMA was represented by Shaun (VP-Ext), Joy (ImmPast-Pres now Special Projects Chairman), and Edwin (Pres). The usual kapehan sa umaga was done before the meeting proper.


L-R: Joy, Edwin. Not in picture: Shaun.

Here are a few important updates for us residing in Singapore.

Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) 2016

  • The main information update is for the upcoming Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV). You can check in the link Certified List of Overseas Voters (upd.2016)  if you are eligible to vote at The Philippine Embassy in Singapore.
  • Another option is if you want to receive your ballot via post. Kindly refer to the link OAV via Post for more information. Deadline for this request is by April 22, 2016.
  • You can visit the Philippine Embassy website at


Philippine Embassy Major Undertaking in 2016


  • PIDC 2016 – Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2016 will be held on June 12, 2016. SAMA has again volunteered as in-charge for Logistics. A separate meeting with the PIDC committee was held after the FILCOM meeting to discuss any updates or changes to the plans.
  • PHL Art Trek 2016 and Sentro Rizal do not have much details at the moment. You can get more information from the Philippine Embassy website posted above.


SAMA Featured in Star Studio Magazine

An article was published in the February 2016 issue of the monthly magazine, Star Studio, showcasing what SAMA is all about. It was well written by Ms. Christine M. Chan. We grabbed a few copies during the meet and we’ll distribute them to interested SAMA members during the next weekly bowling games. Available on a first-come-first-serve basis.




After the meeting, a generous lunch was provided by the embassy. Each rice box had a hefty serving of rice with a combination of either beef tapa or caldereta partnered with chicken adobo. There was also chicken arrozcaldo on the side in addition to the rice packets.


Viva Mapua!

First FILCOM meeting in 2016

The Philippine Embassy together with the Cultural/Filipino Community Relations Section started it’s bi-monthly meeting last January 16 and was attended by a number of pinoy organizations in SG.

We also participated in the event and took the opportunity to introduce our new set of officers for 2016/17.

Some photos during the event…

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It was followed by lunch care of the FilCom and then networking with other pinoy organization representatives present in the event.


Viva Mapua!