February 21, 2018: *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos led Provincial Government and DepEd officials in the blessing of the newly rehabilitated CPG Sports Complex to make it ready for use during Bohol's hosting of CVRAA 2018 which opens on Feb. 25 *** Pre-CVRAA activities in Bohol will begin on February 23 and will officially open on Feb. 25 with a holy mass at 2pm, followed by a parade at 3:30pm which will lead to the CPG Sports Complex. ***Bohol will host 11,737 delegates from 19 divisions in the whole of Central Visayas for 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2018 hosting, according to DepEd Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto bared that Bohol got 48% increase in production of rice, the highest record in the country in 2017, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA). *** PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate said that PDEA which leads the oversight committee still needs to review the drug status of 500 barangays in Bohol before confirming them as drug free. *** Over a year into the government's nationwide campaign against narcotics trade, none of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have officially been recognized as drug-free by the regional oversight committee that assess drug presence in villages. *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA-7 Director Leo Caneda led the ribbon cutting and opening exhibits of the 3-day 18th Ubi Festival today. This year's festival is themed: "Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon."

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur advised Filipino nationals to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents in light of the Malaysian government’s crackdown on undocumented foreign nationals. 

"We wish to remind our Filipino nationals to have proper documents, notably work permit or passport with valid visa, and carry it with them in case of immigration checks, in order to avoid inconvenience. Also, Filipinos who wish to enter Malaysia for work should have approved work permits or similar papers as they start their jobs here," Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya said in a Department of Foreign Affairs report. 

The Ambassador made the call as he and Consul General Medardo G. Macaraig visited Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and other places frequented by Filipinos in Kuala Lumpur. 

Malaysian authorities started on September 1 a crackdown against undocumented foreigners, involving personnel from different government agencies which has resulted so far in 2,433 foreign nationals arrested. According to news reports, they are mostly Indonesians nationals (717), Myanmar nationals (555), Bangladeshi nationals (387), and Nepali nationals (229). 

"We checked with the immigration detention facility in Putrajaya, and we were informed that Filipinos are not among those arrested and currently held in said facility," Consul General Macaraig said. 

Last Monday, September 02, Ambassador Malaya called on Minister for Home Affairs Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and exchanged views on the concerns of Filipinos in Malaysia, including access to education by Filipino school-aged children. Ambassador Malaya also requested humane treatment for Filipinos who may be affected by the campaign against illegal immigrants. The Ambassador was accompanied during the call at Minister Zahid Hamidi's office in Putrajaya by Consul General Macaraig, First Secretary and Consul Ma. Antonina M. Oblena and Police AttachĂ© Charlo C. Collado. 

"To ensure that our nationals have the proper documents, the Embassy continuously undertakes mobile consular missions particularly in Sabah, where we provide not just passports but also birth documentations for our nationals there. We deploy twice a month a consular mobile team of six to seven personnel for two-week stay in Sabah," Ambassador Malaya added. 

The consular missions have visited Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Tawau, Kudat, Keningau, Kota Marudu, Sandakan and other areas. 

An Embassy consular mission is scheduled to visit Labuan and Miri and Bintulu in Sarawak to also provide consular services to Filipino nationals there. (DFA)

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