Philippine Consulate General - Sydney, Australia
Notice to Filipino Overseas
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President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III is an economist by training and a public official by profession. He served three terms as Congressman of the Second District of Tarlac before placing sixth in the May 2007 Senatorial elections that earned him a 6-year mandate as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.
PRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
SENATOR, SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES, 14TH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, July 1, 2007 – June 29, 2010
A. Chairman, Committee on Local Government
B. Vice Chairman, Committee on Justice and Human Rights
C. Committee Membership
- Constitutional Amendments, Revisions of Codes and Laws
- Economic Affairs
- Education, Arts and Culture
- Environment and Natural Resources
- National Defense and Security
- Peace, Unifications and Reconciliation
- Public Works
- Trade and Commerce
- Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
- Ways and Means
- Youth, Women and Family Relations
D. Priority Bills
- Senate Bill No. 1370 – an act granting an annual productivity incentive to all workers in the private sector, establishing mechanisms for its implementation, and for other purposes
- Senate Bill No. 1719 – an act limiting the re-appointment of presidential nominees by-passed by the Commission on Appointments (CA)
- Senate Bill No. 1710 – an act banning the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served the full term
- Senate Bill No. 2035 – an act requiring the regular maintenance and preservation of all public infrastructures, establishing mechanisms for its implementation and for other purposes
- Senate Bill No. 2036 – an act increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 6727
- Senate Resolution No. 190 – investigating the exercise and implementation of the powers of local chief executives under Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” in relation to Republic Act 6975 known as the “Philippine National Police (PNP) Law” and Republic Act 8551 known as “The PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”
- Senate Resolution No. 205 – investigating the bomb explosion at the House of Representatives, condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent bombing at the House of Representatives, extending sympathies to the victims and calling on authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this incident
- Senate Resolution No. 229 – directing the appropriate Senate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the circumstances leading to the arrest and ‘processing’ of journalists and media personalities after the Manila Peninsula standoff on 29 November 2007
DEPUTY SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 13TH CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES, November 2004 –February 2006
MEMBER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1998-2001; 2001-2004; 2004-2007
A. Committee Membership
- Banks & Financial Intermediaries
- Export Promotion
- Public Order & Safety
- Civil, Political & Human Rights
- Good Government
- Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy
- Public Order & Security
- Banks & Financial Intermediaries
- Civil, Political & Human Rights (Vice-Chairman)
- Natural Resources
- People’s Participation
- Public Order & Security
- Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
- Trade & Industry
- Transportation & Communications
B. Priority Bills
- House Bill No. 4251 – granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector
- House Bill No. 4397 – strengthening the regulatory power of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effectively enforce consumer laws
- House Bill No. 4252 – increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers
- House Bill No. 3616 – extending the reglementary period for the educational qualification for PNP members
- House Bill No. 1842 – providing for the codification of criminal laws
- House Resolution No. 65 – inquiry in aid of legislation into the politics and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in granting rate increases to electric utilities
- House Resolution No. 788 – creating a select Congressional Oversight Committee on intelligence funds to check and study the use of intelligence funds by government agencies to ensure that funds allocated therefor are utilized for the purpose they are intended
LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP
- Executive Vice President, December 18, 2007 to present
- Vice Chairman, March 17, 2006 to December 17, 2007
- Secretary General, 2004 to March 16, 2006
- Vice-President for Luzon 2002-2004
- Secretary General, 1999-2002
- Chairman of the Board, Central Luzon Congressional Caucus
Tertiary Education: AB Economics, Ateneo de Manila University (1977-1981)
Secondary Education: Ateneo de Manila University (1973-1977)
Date of Birth: 8 February 1960
Place of Birth: Manila
Civil Status : Single
Parents: Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. (†), Former President Corazon C. Aquino (†)
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Sunday, 09 September 2012 22:12
SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Republic of the Philippines
The Honorable Albert F. del Rosario was born in Manila on November 14, 1939 and has worked for both the private sector and government. He attended Xavier High School in New York City and subsequently graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.
Secretary Del Rosario's business career spanned a vast field which included insurance, banking, real estate, shipping, telecommunications, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical, and food industries, among others. He was member of the Board and director of various firms prior to entering public service as Philippine Ambassador to the United States in Washington D.C.
The Secretary's experience in the private sector included positions as chair of Philippine Stratbase Consultancy, Inc. and Makati Foundation for Education; president of Gotuaco, Del Rosario Insurance Brokers, Inc. and Philippine Telecommunications Investment Corporation (PTIC); director in various companies and non-profit organizations, including the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation, First Pacific Company (Hong Kong), PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indonesia), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Philex Mining Corporation, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC), Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), ABC Development Corporation (ABC 5), Asia Insurance (Philippines) Corporation, Philippine Cancer Society, Cultural Center of the Philippines Foundation, Incorporated (CCPFI); trustee of PinoyME Foundation, Inc.; member of the Asia Society's International Council and of the Board of Governors of International Graduate University (Washington, DC). In addition, the Secretary headed the development of Pacific Plaza Towers, Metro Pacific Corporation's signature project at Fort Bonifacio, Global City.
As Philippine Ambassador to the United States, he was instrumental in securing US$1.2 Billion U.S. funding assistance for the Philippines, bilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and peace and development in Mindanao, investments in the country's Business Process Outsourcing industry, and greater access for Philippine exports. His enduring legacy which continues to benefit the Philippines includes the formation of the Philippines-US Congressional Friendship composed of over 80 legislators from the US House of Representatives, retaining the Philippines in the list of approved investment locations in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), development of the Reform Program for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and pioneering the Ambassadors/Consuls General Tour of the Philippines, and Bayan Ko-Bahay Ko Program.
In September of 2004, he was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for his outstanding efforts in promoting foreign relations. In early 2001, he received the EDSA II Heroes Award from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in recognition of his efforts in promoting Philippine democracy. He also received the Philippine Army Award from President Corazon Aquino for his initiatives as Chairman of the Makati Foundation for Education in 1991. He was elevated to the Xavier Hall of Fame in New York City in 2006.
Secretary del Rosario is married to Gretchen de Venecia. They have five children and six grandchildren.
Surgical and Medical Missions to PHL
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Organizations and groups undertaking surgical and medical missions are advised of the policies and guidelines of the Philippine Government on the matter. On 29 December 2009, the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) signed Joint Administrative Order 2009-0030 that defined the policies and guidelines that (a) identify the Philippine government agencies that will oversee the conduct of foreign surgical and medical missions (FSMM), (b) facilitate the issuance of Special Temporary Permit to Practice for missioners, and (c) ensure the proper supervision and monitoring of the FSMM in the Philippines.
Joint Administrative Order 2009-0030 (“Revised Policies and Guidelines in the Conduct of Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions in the Country”) is reprinted as reference to concerned parties.
REVISED POLICIES AND GUIDELIENS IN THE CONDUCT OF FOREIGN SURGICAL AND MEDICAL MISSIONS (FSMM) IN THE PHILIPPINES
I. Background and Rationale
Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) are activities where surgical and medical care are provided by local and foreign organizations upon the initiative/requests of various local government units and groups. They are primarily undertaken in underserved areas/communities with the goal of providing assistance to the needy or as a professional humanitarian endeavor. They may also serve the purpose of continuing medical education (CME), professional advancement and as a venue for transfer of technology by the missioners to their local counterparts.
This Joint Administrative Order aims to provide policies/guidelines to:
1. Integrate the efforts of various agencies overseeing the conduct of FSMM.
2. Facilitate the issuance of Special Temporary Permit to Practice of missioners.
3. Ensure proper supervision and monitoring of FSMM in the country.
III. Scope and Coverage:
This order shall apply to all government and private institutions, nongovernmental organizations, people’s organizations and other organizations undertaking or facilitating the conduct of FSMM in the country.
IV. Definition of Terms and Acronyms
- Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) – is a project or an activity in which health care delivery is provided to the poor segments of Filipino society where medicines, ancillary procedures, medical/surgical interventions, and services are given at no cost to the beneficiary. It also employs a team of Filipino/non-Filipino health service providers, who are foreigners but will need to practice their profession in this country.
- Local counterpart – is a Philippine counterpart organization sponsoring a medical mission. It may be a local medical society of a specialty society or a civic organization or a local government until in coordination with the local component medical society and/or specialty society of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA). In all cases, it must be a juridical entity properly listed and operating under the Corporation Code of the Philippines.
- Local Component Medical Society – is a Philippine medical component society of the PMA operating in a given geographical area and is affiliated with the PMA.
- Missioner – is someone sent on a foreign mission especially a religious or charitable mission.
- Specialty Society – is an association of Philippine physicians accredited by the PMA as the recognized association of a given specialty in medicine.
- DOH – Department of Health
- PRC – Professional Regulation Commission
- DILG – Department of Interior and Local Government
- PMA – Philippine Medical Association
- PNA – Philippine Nurses Association
- PDA – Philippine Dental Association
- BIHC – Bureau of International Health Cooperation
- BHDT – Bureau of Health Devices and Technology
- FDA – Food and Drug Administration
- CHD – Center for Health Development
- CME – Continuing Medical education
V. Guiding Principles
The guidelines on the conduct of FSMM were developed based on the following principles:
- Underserved communities shall be prioritized.
- The sponsors shall establish linkages and networks with other concerned stakeholders in the community.
- All medicines, supplies, reagents as well as medical and surgical services shall be provided at no cost to the beneficiaries.
- Only qualified and competent medical and paramedical health workers shall perform the appropriate medical and surgical procedures.
VI. General Guidelines
1. The Department of Health (DOH) shall be the lead agency in overseeing the implementation of any FSMM in the country.
2. The conduct of any FSMM shall be guided by the following policies and guidelines where applicable:
2.1 DOH Administrative Order Number 2007-2017 dated May 28, 2007 shall be the basis for acceptance and processing of foreign and local donations during emergencies and disaster situation ; and
2.2 DOH Administrative Order No. 54-A s. 2003 dated June 6, 2003 shall be the basis for the processing and clearance of importation through donations during normal situations by the Department of Health.3. The PMA shall maintain a database containing the valid documents of the foreign physicians given Special Temporary Permit to practice medicine in the country. Only a valid license to practice medicine in their country of origin will be required for subsequent application for future missions.
4. Under no circumstances shall a foreigner physician and/or health-related professional practice their profession in the Philippines without a Special Temporary Permit from the PRC.
5. The actual supervision/monitoring of the conduct of the mission shall be undertaken by the local government health unit and local component medical society and/or specialty society of the PMA. Additionally, the DOH CHDs shall oversee the conduct of the mission.
VII. Implementing Mechanism
1. A team composed of representatives from DOH, DILG, PRC and PMA shall be organized to ensure the smooth implementation of the provisions of the insurance.
2. All applications for FSMM shall be submitted to the PMA who shall forward the same to the following professional groups copy furnished DOH. (Application forms can be downloaded from the PMA website – http://philippinemedicalassociation.org/)
2.1 PMA - medical doctors
2.2 PDA – dentists
2.3 PNA – nurses
3. Each member of the foreign medical team must submit the following documents in applying for temporary license to practice during the duration of the mission. All documents must be in English or with English translation:
a. valid/current license from country of origin (must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate Office in the country of origin)
b. board certification (specialty) (must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin)
c. curriculum vitae (must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin)
d. passport sized pictures in four copies (taken within one year)
e. application letter addressed to the President of PMA to contain the following information:
- type of mission (medical, surgical or both)
- duration of the mission and inclusive dates
- names and specialties of the mission team members
- written consent from the host local government executive (governor/mayor) and/or chief of the health facility where the mission will be conducted.
f. The following are additional requirements if the foreign mission team members intend to bring drugs, and/or medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment to be donated or used during the mission:
- itemized list of the items together with the quantity and the expiration dates for drugs and medicines
- flight details
- deed of donation (must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin)
- deed of acceptance from the host hospital/LGU
- drugs and medicines to be donated should have a shelf life of at least 12 months upon arrival in the country and said medicine shall be used solely for the scheduled mission
- application must be submitted 60 days before the date of mission to facilitate clearance/s from DOH and other agencies
g. Letter of certification from the sponsoring host organization (LGU or NGO) certifying the need and type of mission to be conducted. Cost of post-care mission of morbidities/ mortalities arising from the mission will be shouldered as well by the host organization.
h. Proof of juridical entity (certified true copy of the SEC registration must be submitted).
i. Notarized letter of Guarantee from both the medical mission group and host organization assuming full responsibility for the outcome of the missions.
4. The PMA, upon receipt of all requirements, will forward the application to the concerned specialty societies for evaluation of credentials. The DOH will be informed immediately of the presence of drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment.
5. The DOH shall facilitate issuance of clearance by its FDA and BHDT for the above mentioned goods.
6. After the evaluation of the missioner’s credentials by the concerned Specialty Society, the PMA shall send a letter of endorsement to DOH.
7. The DOH shall then endorse the documents to PRC.
8. The PRC after final review shall issue the Special Temporary Permit to Practice to concerned foreign missioners.
9. The lead time for the processing of the application are as follows:
a. PMA - 2 weeks before the mission date
b. DOH - 1 week before the mission date
c. PRC - 3 weeks before the mission date
10. Post-mission report shall be submitted by the head of the foreign surgical and/or medical missions, concurred/noted by the President of the local component society of PMA, and/or specialty society and the LGU concerned, to the oversight agencies (DOH, PMA, PRC) 15 days after the completion of the mission. All records and audio-visual documents must also be submitted in triplicate form. The post mission report should contain the following minimum basic information:
a. number and ages of cases seen
b. diagnosis of patients
c. list of medicines distributed and surgical interventions done
d. endorsements to the necessary health facilities (follow-up, further evaluation and management)
e. morbidities and moralities if any
11. All materials submitted to the oversight agencies shall be the properly of the Philippine counterpart and may not be used for advertisement, solicitation or medical publication without the written and expressed approval of the local medical society and/or specialty society of the PMA and the local counterpart. Any intellectual output as journal or publication must include the local physicians as senior authors.
12. Former Filipino Registered Health Professionals who are part of a Medical/Surgical Mission Team may practice their profession in the Philippines upon presentation of proof of valid and current PRC licenses. Otherwise they have to renew their licenses upon submission of the following requirements (President Decree No. 541):
a. Photocopy of current/valid passport (Page 1 and the page showing the date of arrival in the Philippines)
b. Photocopy of PRC license and valid certificate of registration
c. License/Certificate of Registration in the adopted country or Certification of employment with letterhead indicating the job description within the definition of the applicant’s profession
d. Four pieces of recent passport size pictures (taken within one year)
e. Payment of prescribe fees at PRC
f. Certificate of training and board certification (for specialist)
g. Application for temporary Special Permit (PRC form 103-A)
13. Foreign Religious groups/missionaries practicing medicine in the country shall abide by the same requirements and adhere to the guidelines. These missioners who serve for longer period of time shall signify their intention to continue living in the Philippines to pursue missionary works. They shall secure Special Temporary Permit which is to be renewed annually.
The following must be submitted:
a. Certification from their congregation that the medical works are purely for charity purposes and with no renumeration involved whatsoever.
b. A certification from the congregation assuming the responsibility for any action of the said physician.
c. The missionary should submit to PMA an annual mission report including a list of patients treated.
d. The missionary is required to attend PMA or component societies’ CME related activities once a year to update their medical knowledge.
e. The missionary who conducted his missionary works in the province must coordinate with the PMA component society for proper identification and monitoring.
14. Foreign SMM conducted in the Philippines without proper permits/licenses must be reported to PRC for investigation of possible illegal practice of medicine and/or unauthorized conduct of FSMM for appropriate sanction and disposition accordingly.
VIII. Sanction / Penalty Clause
Failure to comply with any provision of this joint Policy will result to the disapproval of the application and/or disqualification from future application.
IX. Repealing Clause
DOH Administrative Order No. 179 s. 2001 and all other issuances inconsistent with this hereby repealed.
This order shall take immediately.
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Public Holiday Closures in 2011
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Public Holiday Closures in 2011
The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney will be closed on the following Philippine and Australian holidays. The Consulate will resume normal business hours on the following business day.
NSW transferred date for Easter Monday
NSW Bank Holiday
National Heroes Day
|Aug 30||(Tue)||Feast of Eid'l Fitr|
Australian Labour Day
Feast of All Saints
|Nov 7||(Mon)||Islamic Feast of Sacrifice|
NSW transferred date for Christmas Day
NSW transferred date for Boxing Day
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