IRISH FOREIGN MINISTER LAUDS FILIPINO NURSES AND OTHER FRONTLINERS IN VIRTUAL MEETING WITH ASEAN DUBLIN COMMITTEE
Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney (2nd from left, 2nd row) briefed the ASEAN Dublin Committee on Ireland’s COVID-19 response, its views on Brexit, and Ireland’s priorities as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2021-2022. Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo is 3rd from left, 1st
The ASEAN Dublin Committee (ADC) made a joint virtual call on H.E. Simon Coveney, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Ireland, on 29 October 2020.
During the call, Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo expressed the PH’s appreciation to the Irish government for assisting in ensuring that the rights of the Filipino workers are upheld and that their welfare is being taken care of in Ireland. Expressing appreciation for the kind comments of the Irish people praising the positive work ethic of Filipinos, Ambassador Lagdameo said that one of the foremost concerns of the Philippine Embassy in London at this time are the Filipino nurses and other front liners in Ireland during this COVID-19 pandemic, who continue to put their lives and safety on the line as the world continues to fight the vicious COVID-19 disease.
Ambassador Lagdameo expressed hope that the Irish government continues to render its support and cooperation with the Philippines in exploring ways to improve the living and working conditions of Filipino workers in Ireland.
In reply, Foreign Minister Coveney underscored that the role of Filipino nurses in Ireland’s health system is “hugely valued.” The Irish Foreign Minister said that Filipino nurses and other health care workers are “extraordinarily professional … quite simply many parts of our health system would not be able to function without the input and skills set that nurses from the Philippines bring to the Irish health system.” He expressed hope that Ireland is “doing everything that we should be doing in terms of ensuring that their living and working conditions are what they should be.”
The Philippine Embassy in London remains open to serve the public in spite of the second national lockdown in England from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, subject to a regular assessment of the situation.
Below are updates on our frontline consular services:
In order to safeguard the health and well-being of our consular personnel and applicants, we are strictly enforcing the following:
Appointment system. Only those with confirmed appointments will be accommodated. Walk-in applicants will not be entertained. Those with appointment must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time to avoid congregation of people in front of the Embassy, which is strictly prohibited by the new lockdown announcement of the UK Government.
No escort policy, except for minor applicants, senior citizens, and those requiring special assistance.
No mask, no entry. All applicants must wear their face mask over their nose and mouth at all times.
Cashless payments. Processing fees must be settled by card or contactless. Cash payments will not be accepted.
Finally, all applicants with confirmed appointments from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 are urged to heed UK Government advice by postponing all non-essential travels and to consult immediately with local authorities regarding current travel restrictions to and from their counties / boroughs. Those who are unable to attend to their appointments may cancel or reschedule their appointments through their VFS account.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London will be commencing the autumn term for its Filipino (Tagalog) language classes in the 2nd week of October 2020.
The Filipino Beginners 1 will be on Thursdays from 15 October to 17 December and the Filipino Elementary 1 will be on Tuesdays from 13 October to 15 December.
Filipino Elementary 1 will also be offered for those who have gone through Beginners 1-4 or if those who pass an assessment benched according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR B2).
Classes will be taught online using an online platform with group learning and one-on-one tutorials over ten weeks.
New Filipino 1 Beginner students will receive a Filipino course textbook (a complete course covering Filipino 1-4), and access to various online interactive exercises . Partial scholarships are available.
To register, please follow this link: