The Embassy of the Philippines organized a diplomatic reception on 28 August 2017 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Philippines-Cambodia diplomatic relations and the formal inauguration of the permanent Chancery of the Philippine Embassy. In order to capture and encapsulate the significance of these two events, this video was prepared by the Embassy.
Wednesday, 01 August 2018
- Wednesday, 01 August 2018 PH EMBASSY HAILS FORMER CAMBODIAN REFUGEE IN THE PHILIPPINES AS RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE FOR 2018
- Monday, 30 July 2018 PH EMBASSY HOSTS PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION FOR CAMBODIAN AWARDEES OF PHILIPPINE SCHOLARSHIPS
- Monday, 30 July 2018 FILIPINO SCIENTISTS SHARE KNOWLEDGE WITH CAMBODIANS ON DISASTER RISK AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- Monday, 30 July 2018 FILIPINO TEACHERS IN CAMBODIA ENHANCE ENGLISH SKILLS THROUGH CONDUCT OF 1ST MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE AND CAMP PHNOM PENH -- Filipino English teachers in Cambodia recently completed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and Camp further enhancing their
Monday, 13 August 2018
- Tuesday, 07 August 2018 MOBILE CONSULAR SERVICES IN SIHANOUKVILLE 25-26 AUGUST 2018
- Wednesday, 01 August 2018 NOTICE OF HEARING, RESIDENT ELECTION BOARD (RERB) 20 AUGUST 2018
- Wednesday, 01 August 2018 FOUR FULLY-FUNDED PHILIPPINE SCHOLARSHIPS ON SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FOR CAMBODIAN STUDENTS
- Tuesday, 19 June 2018 SATURDAY CONSULAR SERVICE 23 JUNE 2018 (SATURDAY)
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ENROLMENT IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
In light of reports of OFWs being enticed to enrolling in supposed Open Universities that claim to be affiliated with the United Nations (UN), the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh advises members of the Filipino community in Cambodia to exercise prudence and extra caution when considering enrollment in learning institutions in Cambodia and nearby countries. Some institutions offer vocational education and training for diploma courses, higher education for degree courses (undergraduate and graduate), distance learning programs such as Open Universities, among others.
It is best to first verify the credentials of such learning institutions with local and national authorities. In Cambodia, the relevant authorities are the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.
For institutions claiming affiliation with regional and international organizations, the public is advised to inquire directly with said organizations.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY, PHNOM PENH
21 December 2017
Filipino travelers are advised to be alert with the Modus Operandi of drug syndicates, as well as the profile of recruiters working for them and their victims, as described below, based on information provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Modus Operandi of Drug Syndicates in Recruiting Drug Couriers
Drug syndicate recruiters meet potential victims through casual acquaintances or through the Internet in order to befriend, enter into a relationship and/or marry the victim. The potential drug courier is lured or attracted by the offer of payment of US$3,000 up to US$15,000 for every successful delivery or transaction. They are provided with plane tickets and hotel accommodations. African Drug Syndicate (ADS) members, in particular, are engaged in the importation of illegal drugs in low amounts at a high frequency.
Profile of Drug Couriers
Drug couriers who have been arrested and caught are mostly male. Some are displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are looking for a job abroad. Some have a poor educational background. However, some drug couriers are also, in fact, well-educated. In their case, they were lured by drug syndicates who offered them “easy money” and the opportunity to travel to different countries. Drug syndicate recruiters also take advantage of a potential victim’s desire to enter into a relationship or marriage.
Why are drug syndicates recruiting Filipinos in particular?
Drug syndicates target Filipinos specifically for their proficiency in the English language, their ability to speak other languages, and their skill with computers and the Internet. Filipinos are deemed by drug syndicates to have an “unassuming behavior” which attracts less attention from police or airport authorities. Filipinos, in general, also have a positive disposition which drug syndicate recruiters exploit.
A Reminder to the Public:
Observe the Law When Traveling, Be Extra Careful and Alert
We appeal to all Filipinos not to be victimized by international drug syndicates and to avoid falling for the modus operandi employed by drug trafficking syndicates.
We call for personal vigilance and responsibility on the part of Filipinos who travel abroad. Filipino travelers should also be aware that most countries, including Cambodia, impose harsh penalties for drug smuggling or trafficking. Persons arrested and convicted for drug smuggling or trafficking can expect a lengthy prison sentence.
We hope that this information will help our kababayans to be more equipped in preventing themselves from becoming victims of drug syndicates. END