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On UK-Philippines Links

his year marks 75 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Philippines, in which we have built a strong, modern international partnership. We are committed to enhancing cooperation between our two countries for many years to come. There are over 200,000 Filipinos living and working in the UK, many of them already British citizens and contributing positively to the fabric of British society.

committed to further strengthen our cooperation by establishing an ‘enhanced Partnership’ for the future.

as of 2020, around 30,000 Filipino workers are employed in the National health service, bringing high level of professional qualification and strong caring skills to the UK. 212,333 British National tourists arrived in the Philippines in 2019. We believe there are approximately

20,000 British residents in the Philippines.

On Enhanced Partnership and 75 years of UK-PH Diplomatic Relations • as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the UK and the Philippines have

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On Health and Vaccine Cooperation • Vaccine Development. Developing vaccines at an unprecedented pace required institutional partnerships between academia and industry. The UK has been at the forefront of this multilateral approach, investing £90 million to support the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Oxford University worked with AstraZeneca (a British-Swedish firm) as its industry counterpart to ensure wider distribution of the vaccine at no profit, including through multilateral mechanisms such as COVAX. • ‘A Dose of Hope’. The UK worked closely with AstraZeneca and the Government of the Philippines to help bring about the ‘Dose of Hope’ tripartite agreements between the national government, private sector, Local Government Units and the British vaccine manufacturer for around 17m doses. These agreements were the first that the Philippines signed to procure vaccines for its population.


• UK’s vaccine donation to the Philippines. On 2 August, the Philippines received a donation of 415,040 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK Government.

• COVAX. The UK is the third largest donor to COVAX, the global vaccine programme for the developing world. COVAX has delivered more than 10m to the Philippines so far, including nearly five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines. The UK contributed £548 million of UK aid, to help the fund meet its target of distributing one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to 92 developing countries this year. • The UK’s Better Health Programme in the Philippines. As our anchor for health cooperation, the Turn to page 6

Introducing the New UK Envoy to the Philippines


aure BeaufiLs, a veteran diplomat with vast experience in developmental work, is the British ambassador-Designate to the Philippines and Palau. she is the first British woman to serve as ambassador to the Philippines. she officially started her tour of duty last august, replacing Mr. Daniel Pruce.

Two days after her arrival in Manila last august, Ms. Beaufils posted a one-minute video in filipino, conveying the message of friendship and her mission of strengthening the uK-Philippine relations. follow link to view video clip - i/status/1427521219608256515 Ms. Beaufils was the Deputy Director for the Middle east and North africa of the Department of international Development from 2019 to 2021 and the Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria from 2017 to 2019. Previously she was the head of the uK Department of international Development in rwanda from august 2014 to february 2017. in this capacity, she managed a $100-million portfolio of programmes focusing on economic development, governance and social sectors. Prior to holding this position, Ms. Beaufils worked in various positions in the uK government. she was the lead strategic adviser working for the British Prime Minister in his role as co-chair of the uN secretary General’s High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. she ran the Department for international Development’s department for Overseas Territories. she led a team working on climate change. she worked for the uK mission to the uN as first secretary responsible for development. Prior to joining the uK Civil service, she worked with the uN and civil society organisations. she also worked with the private sector as a financial auditor. she has lived and worked in rwanda, ethiopia, india, Cambodia, france, the uK and the usa. n


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UK seeks enhanced ties with PH, other Asean countries By raymond carL dEla CRuz


ANILA – The United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister of State for Asia on Monday expressed her country’s “serious” desire to grow its relationship with the Philippines and other countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). In a video posted on Twitter, Amanda Milling said she spent the last three days in the Philippines and met with Cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking Philippines government officials to discuss “shared interests” such as climate change, regional security, business prospects, Covid19, and human rights.

“I’ve also met with British businesses, civil society, program partners, and our brilliant Chevening scholars who attended world-leading UK universities,” Milling said. Milling’s visit is the first by a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) minister since the UK’s confirmation as an

UK Minister of State for Asia Amanda Milling (Screen capture from British Embassy Manila video) Asean Dialogue Partner in August. It was her first visit to Asia and coincides with the UK’s 75 years of diplomatic relations with the Philippines. She noted that the IndoPacific region, where the Philippines and other Asean countries are located, is “of huge strategic importance to the UK.” “In the Philippines, a founding member of ASEAN, I reiterated our commitment to working with the region

on vital issues such as maritime security and building back better after Covid-19,” Milling said. During her visit, she also went to the Manila-American cemetery to pay her respects and had the Philippines removed from the UK travel red list, allowing those in the country to travel to the UK. Her visit to the Philippines is the first stop of an Indo-Pacific tour that would include Singapore and Japan. n

On UK-Philippines Links governments and public health experts across the UK and the Philippines - which we plan to launch at the end of the year.

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Better Health Programme in the Philippines works with academic partners and local governments to strengthen public health systems, enable the mandate of Universal Health Coverage, and improve equitable access to quality of care. These objectives remained important

through the pandemic, if not more so. Our work with the University of the Philippines has quite remarkably and extensively demonstrated this over the last year. We are now working with UP to develop a COVID-19 Learning Network to enable shared learning for healthcare workers, local

• Vaccine Delivery Learning Exchange. In March, we concluded a 6-month COVID-19 Learning Series with the University of the Philippines - spanning 16 webinars that enabled dialogue and engagement with over 10,000 attendees and livestream views. This included the UK-Philippine Vaccine Clinic, where we pooled technical resources to contribute to the dialogue around vaccine procurement, administration, and risk

communications, including addressing vaccine hesitancy. This had been a valuable opportunity for us to share the UK’s lessons from its early vaccine roll-out in December, in time for the Philippines to start its own vaccination rollout in March. The series enabled direct consultation between UK experts from the NHS, the Vaccines Task Force, and SAGE (Special Advisory Group on Emergencies) with their counterparts from the Philippines’ Department of Health, National COVID-19 Task Force and local governments. Turn to page 16





NEDA chief sees 50M Pinoys in PhilID system by yearend By benjamin pulTa


ANILA – The government expects around 50 million Filipinos to be included in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of the year, PNA photo by Gil Calinga National Economic and Development Authority next year, Chua said. August 2018, republic Act (NEDA) Director GenerAs of October 8, Chua 11055, or the Philippine al Karl Kendrick Chua said the PSA has already Identification System Act, registered 43.2 million and aims to establish a single said on Wednesday. Speaking at a budget hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee A under Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Chua said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has set a goal of registering an additional 22 million Filipinos and five million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the PhilSys by next year. “Our target is 50 million by the end of the year, we are confident we can achieve that despite the challenges of the pandemic,” said Chua. The agency will also release 37 million PhilID cards

35.9 million individuals for Step 1 and Step 2 of PhilSys registration and signed up 5.6 million bank account registrants, which include unbanked low-income individuals. “My target for the end of the year is 100 percent financial inclusion at the family level, which means we have to open about 8 million bank accounts,” he added. Step 1 refers to the capture of “demographics” while Step 2 refers to the capture of “biometrics”. Signed into law by President rodrigo Duterte in

national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens. The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrolment in

schools, and the opening of bank accounts. It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present the PhilID during transactions. The PSA also plans to implement the rollout of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) to cover 5th and 6th class cities and municipalities. The agency conducted a pilot implementation of CBMS in nine local government units this year. Chua said the agency will likewise conduct the 2022 National Demographic and health Survey, which is expected to play a crucial role in the government’s health programs. The PSA will also conduct pilot surveys in preparation for the Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) which is done every 10 years. n

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hE PhILIPPINES Statistics Authority (PSA) has just launched the online registration for the Philippine National Identification (PhilID) for Filipino citizens and resident aliens. The PhilID has lifetime validity for Filipino citizens while resident aliens’ card expires after one year. The national ID can be used as official proof of identity for loan applications, open-


The online registration for the PhilID started on April 30, 2021. ing bank accounts, acquiring scholarships, and other transactions. The PhilID is free but replacement due to damage Turn to page 12

ErE’S hOW to track the delivery status of your Philippine National Identification (PhilID) card. Filipino citizens and eligible residents who have completed all of the requirements to register for their PhilID cards may now check the status of their delivery via the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhLPost) website. The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) issues the PhilID or national ID as a valid proof of identity. It serves as the government’s central identification system for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens in the country. The physical ID features a Philippine System Card Number (PCN) which can also be used as official proof Turn to page 12



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of identity for transactions, even without the card itself. The Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) has reported that over a million national ID cards have been delivered free of charge by August 2021 to Filipinos nationwide by PHLPost, the official delivery partner of PhilSys. Following are the simple steps to track the delivery status of your National ID: • Step 1: Go to the PHLPost tracking website through this link: PHLPost Tracking • Step 2: Enter the transaction number in the PhilSys transaction slip provided to registrants. • Step 3: Click on “Track” in the PHLPost website to check the delivery status of your ID. If there is no result, your PhilID is still being processed. The issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and arrival of the physical PhilID cards to the registrants’ delivery addresses mark the successful registration of Filipinos to PhilSys. To encourage more Filipinos to register while minimizing health and safety concerns, the PSA launched the online registration for Step 1 of the national ID. Check out this guide for all of the Steps to Acquire a Philippine national ID. Check out these guides by on How to Register to Vote for 2022 Philippine Elections and How to Check Your Voter Status for the Philippine Elections here. n

or loss will be charged a fee. The physical ID bears a Philippine System Card Number (PCN) that can be used even without the card itself. Following are the 3 simple steps to acquire a Philippine national Identification card.

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Register online through the Philippine Identification System website: An applicant needs to register the following information: • Full name • Sex • Date and place of birth • Blood type • Address Other information such as marital status, mobile number, and email address may or may not be given. After providing the demographic information, the applicant is asked to set an appointment in the nearest physical registration center.

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property, and digital economy. • The UK has signed 10 bilateral formal agreements on socioeconomic development in the form of Memoranda of Understanding with partners in the Philippines over the past 2 years covering health, education, infrastructure, low carbon economy and broader business environment and economic reform. • Recent highlights of our development cooperation include the inclusive design of Clark City central park, green finance and e-governance technical support and Covid-19 health response and economic recovery through a Liveable Cities Dashboard and 16 health public fora with over 10,000

participants. • We also worked on initiatives with the ADB, an important multilateral partner for the UK, delivering a range of the UK's objectives and values, not only in the Philippines, but also across Asia and the Pacific (APAC).

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dedication, compassion and skill demonstrated on a day-to-day basis by more than 30,000 Filipino health workers in the UK National Health Service. • The NHS has a long history of partnership with Filipino staff – we are proud of this and hope it continues for many decades to come. n

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Issuance of the Philippine System Card Number (PCN) and PhilID card. The PhilID will be delivered by PHLPost to the applicant’s residence. PSA reminds everyone not to post their PhilID on social media to protect their private information. n




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UK to remove PH from ‘travel red list’ starting Oct. 11 By joyce ann l. ROCamORa


ANILA – The Philippines will be removed from the United Kingdom’s “travel red list” starting October 11, the UK Embassy in Manila announced.

“(The) Philippines is on the red list for entering England. From 4 a.m. on Monday, October 11, the Philippines will no longer be on the red list for entering Eng-

land,” the UK government said in its latest advisory. London included the Philippines on the red list in April at the height of spikes in global cases due to emerg-

ing SARS-CoV-2 variants. From 54, the number of red list countries will be cut to seven – Colombia, the Do-

20 October marks Philippine-British Friendship Day. Although diplomatic relations between the PH and the UK were established in 1946, PhilippineBritish Friendship Day’s 1st celebration in 2000 seeks to commemorate and highlight the historical & contemporary ties that strongly bind the two countries. The DFA looks forward to flourishing and enduring Philippine-British ties in the areas of trade, science and technology, education, the environment, security, education, and arts and culture, that benefits both our countries and people.

minican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela – starting October 11. Fully vaccinated passengers and eligible minors returning from the 47 countries and territories that will be removed from the list “will no longer be required to enter hotel quarantine.” “Eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under 18s returning from countries and territories not on the red list can do so with just a Day 2 test,” the UK government said. “Other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a Day 2 and Day 8 test and complete 10 days selfisolation (with the option of Test to Release on Day 5).” READ: IATF revises Covid-19 protocols for ‘Green, Yellow’ states Like the UK, the Philippines is also easing its entry protocols for individuals in countries with a low number of infections. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is reducing the quarantine period for travelers from both green and yellow list countries starting Friday. At present, eligible inbound passengers to the Philippines are limited to returning Filipinos and balikbayans, their families, and foreigners with valid visas. While general inbound tourism is still not allowed, the Department of Tourism on Friday said the reduction of the mandatory quarantine period for select individuals is still an “encouraging development for the country’s tourism industry.” n


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ANILA -The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said fully vaccinated individuals regardless of age from Metro Manila are now allowed to travel on a point-to-point basis. This, after the InterAgency Task Force amended Part 1 Section 3 of the guidelines for areas under alert level 4 to allow the following persons to travel in areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ: - Those below 18 years old; - Fully vaccinated individuals over 65 years of age; - Fully vaccinated individuals with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks; and - Fully vaccinated pregnant women

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed this development, citing its significance in the revival of the country’s local tourism industry. “Further easing of travel restrictions will allow more of our fully vaccinated individuals to enjoy interzonal travel, especially families who wish to travel together. Traveling is a way of bonding, and with all the precautions and protocols in place, we can still do it safely together. More importantly, this will encourage more Filipinos to secure their jabs as well,” she said. “As restrictions are lifted, more tourism workers and stakeholders will get back the jobs and livelihoods they lost due to the pandemic,” she added. The DOT will be releasing the guidelines for P2P travel to ensure that health and safety protocols are complied with. Meanwhile, RT-PCR test requirements would depend on the protocols imposed by the destination. Travelers from Metro Manila can avail of the subsidized PHP750 RT-PCR test from the Philippine Children’s Medical Center by visiting rtpcrphtravel-application should the local government unit require a negative test result. n


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Lea Salonga returns to the UK where she debuted as the original Miss Saigon.

Lea Salonga returns to concert stage for Dream Again UK By the good newS pilipinas TEam


roadway and west End royalty Lea Salonga is returning to the concert stage via the dream again Tour in the United King-


The Filipino international music icon announced on social media her upcoming concert tour which will have nine shows between June 18 to July 1, 2022. The original Miss Saigon stage the dream again Tour in Leicester, Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, London, Canterbury, and Glasgow between June 18 and July 1, 2022. “Hey, UK! I’m so excited to announce that I will be back next year for my dream again Tour, which includes a very special show at the royal albert Hall!” tweeted Salonga on Monday, Sep-

tember 20. Salonga last held a concert tour in the UK in 2019, 30 years after she debuted on London’s west End as Kim in Miss Saigon – a historic start that propelled the Filipina singer to international stardom. In 2020, Lea Salonga released a new single titled, “dream again”, about resuming dreams once the Covid-19 pandemic that halted live performances has passed. “There was this idea that once all the physical distancing was done, that we may be able to focus on getting things back to normal

and aspire and dream for those things to happen in our lives again after being holed up for so long,” Salonga said of the song. during the Covid-19 outbreak, Salonga stayed in the Philippines while holding online concerts for fundraisers to help frontliners

and members of the creative industry. Lea Salonga is currently in the United States to fulfill her american tour schedule that was postponed due to the pandemic. dream again UK tickets go on general sale at 10 am on September 24. n

Lea Salonga Dream Again UK Tour Dates are as follows: Sat June 18 2022 – Sun June 19 2022 – Tue June 21 2022 – Thu June 23 2022 – Fri June 24 2022 – Sun June 26 2022 – Tue June 28 2022 – Wed June 29 2022 – Fri July 01 2022 –

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