FilCom Meeting No.3

#mitsamasg (late post: 2017.05.20)

The Philippine Embassy hosted the 3rd Filipino Community (FilCom) Meeting on 20th of May 2017 with the usual sponsored Kapihan sa Embassy and the Lunch packs. Here are some of the updates in brief:


  • Our Philippine passport is being reviewed by the government to change its validity from the current 5 years to 10 years. It will be valid for those 18 years old and above while below that, it will remain as 5 years valid.
  • Registration for the Overseas Absentee Voting is on-going in the Embassy. They have also started accepting applicants during the FilCom meeting and the PAOS events.
  • Singapore is the Philippine’s 5th global trading partner, whereas in ASEAN, it is its 1st trading partner.


  • The DTI provides assistance to Filipino entrepreneurs in the Philippines thru its various Negosyo Centers located in every region.
  • Updates from ATN (Assistance to Nationals)
    • High occurrence of theft cases and outrage of modesty cases
    • False declaration in the embarkation forms as well as falsification of documents
    • Be aware of people who might be suffering from mental health due to stress, etc.
  • OFW Bank and ID still under review.
  • OEC issuance for direct hired Filipinos in SG is again allowed. Direct hiring is also allowed as long as the company is only hiring up to 5 new employees otherwise they have to go through an agency.
  • OWWA Update:
    • NRCO benefit or livelihood starter kit from Php20k can be requested upon application at the nearest regional OWWA office.
    • Scholarship program EDSP is now increased to 1000 qualified scholars with up to Php60k financial assistance per student per year.
  • SSS Update:
    • 2017 is the 60th anniversary of SSS
    • Consider the SSS flexi fund program for additional returns
    • Capture of UMID picture is done only from Mon-Weds and Sat-Sun.
  • The PIDC committee is inviting everyone to attend the event on 18th June from 0900-1830h at the SCAPE #2 Orchard Link 237978
    • Theme: (SG)  Ikaw@Ako, Tungo sa Tunay na Pagbabago.
    • Theme: (PH) Pagbabagong Sama-Sama Balikatin
    • Like and share their FB page: Pagdiriwang 2017

Upcoming events…Sept/Oct


It’s been almost two and a half weeks since our last event – SAMA Family Day 2016. Thanks to our SAMA members, family and friends who came and spent the day (and overnight) of (lotsa) food, drinks and fun with us.

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We also had a very interesting presentation of completed projects where BIM was used. Kudos to Engr. Sonny Andalis for doing the presentation and showing the technical details involved without being boring. Both his technical and non-technical audiences voiced their appreciations and further clarified parts where they found very interesting e.g. air conditioning using solar energy, many more. We really appreciate the time you’ve spent with us. Unfortunately he didn’t have the chance to enjoy the pool afterwards. Anyway, binawi na lang niya sa food hehehe.

Now, this September, we will have two sports events – basketball and bowling.

We hope that some of our basketball enthusiasts and friends will be able to join us in this year’s 3-on-3 Basketball Games! In the tradition of our badminton event last May, this basketball games will have a similar inter-school concept. Contact us via the link or thru Mr. Shaun Acasio for details. [Update 18/Sept: 3-on-3 will be held on 1st October in November 2016, tentatively instead of this September, due to schedule conflicts with other basketball tournaments.]

Meanwhile, our weekly bowling tournament will have it’s Masters Event this coming Sunday, 4th of September. Details are posted in our bowling group’s fb page. Cheerers and clappers are most welcome to attend. Our bowlers will surely appreciate it! Interested parties may also contact us thru our contact page or thru Mr. Rico Cordero for details.

This coming October, we will be preparing for a Seminar for our members. The details are still being finalized and we will post it soon here. [Seminar details in the recent post: Industrie 4.0]

Lastly, we are also looking for volunteers to help us with some heavy lifting activities for the Bayanihan Center in October. This will be happening in two or three weekends depending on the turn out of volunteers. More volunteers mean faster completion of the job. Interested parties may contact us thru our contact page or drop a message to Mr. Edwin or Ms. Joy for details. Everyone is welcome. Let us do this the ‘bayanihan’ way.



Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) 2016 starts today in Singapore. The Philippine Embassy has opened it’s doors to registered overseas Filipino voters from today until 9th May to cast their votes for the Philippine elections. The Philippines will elect her President, Vice President, 12 Senators and a Party List Representative.

About one month before the event, the embassy informed the various FilCom organizations for their interest to be accredited as volunteers for COMELEC for this event. SAMA submitted a number of volunteers from our ranks and was eventually granted accreditation after the review.

Today, the right to vote has officially started with a simple opening ceremony in the Philippine Embassy led by Ambassador Morales.

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20160409 OAV SG

Check here if you have registered and is eligible to vote via OAV in SG.  If you are, here is a “Voting 101” guide for you. Here is also a short video on how to vote using the Voting Counting Machine (VCM).

The facebook page of the Philippine Embassy posted this photo to show the simple steps to follow when you cast your vote.

More information can be gathered from the embassy’s website.

A couple of our SAMA representatives are there today to cast their own votes and to see how the process works (and share with the rest of our volunteers).

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SAMA will be volunteering every Sunday starting 10th April. Look out for us in our signature SAMA shirts. See you there!

Be part of history. Go out and vote!

Viva Mapua!