Filipina jailed in SG for making false claims in PR application

Marje Pelayo   •   January 16, 2020   •   1089

Noriza de Luna

SINGAPORE — A 38-year-old female Filipino national, Noriza de Luna, was sentenced to seven weeks of imprisonment on Tuesday (January 14) for submitting false statements to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) regarding her and her daughter’s application for Permanent Residency (PR).

De Luna was arrested on October 27, 2017 for the crime she committed in 2008 and 2009.

Her scheme was discovered following ICA’s internal investigations and verifications with Centro Escolar University in Manila.

It was revealed that De Luna has no record of enrollment in the said school and the documents she presented did not originate from the said university.

“ICA takes a very serious view of persons who provide false information or conceal material facts during their applications for any Singapore immigration facility,” the ICA said in its media release.

“Any person who has made a false statement in their applications for immigration facilities will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law,” it added.

Violators may be deprived or revoked of immigration privileges as provided for under Singapore’s Constitution and Immigration Act.

“For those who have been convicted of an offence, the statuses of their family members will also be reviewed by the ICA,” the ICA concluded.

PH Embassy considers special flight from SG to PH on May 20 for interested Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

SINGAPORE — The Philippine Embassy in Singapore is gathering information from Filipinos who are interested in returning home to the Philippines and are looking for a special flight.

A special flight is being arranged for May 20, Wednesday, with an estimated departure time of 10:30 AM, the Embassy said in a Facebook announcement.

The all-in fare will cost SGD 423 (P15,000) inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharge.

It will be a one-way fare that includes 30 kg check-in baggage allowance and one piece 2 kg hand-carried item.

Thus, the Embassy encourages those who are interested to accomplish the survey form provided here or the QR code below.

According to the Embassy, this special flight will only push through if they get enough passengers. 

The survey will automatically end on Wednesday (May 13) at 4:00 p.m. and all information provided will be kept confidential.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, all passengers are subject to health screening and quarantine procedures mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

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Singapore worker dormitories lockdown as coronavirus cluster grows

UNTV News   •   April 8, 2020

Singapore has quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in two dormitories, made up of mainly Bangladeshi and other South Asian manual workers, after they were linked to at least 90 infections of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government said the action was needed to prevent broader transmission in the city-state and said it had taken measures to reduce worker interaction in the dormitories and ensure they received salary, meals and medical support.

Workers from Westlite Accommodation, one of the dormitories where cases of COVID-19 were found, were seen cleaning the area and also receiving food during the lockdown.

However, some experts and non-governmental organisations said the cramped and squalid conditions in which the workers live in could create a hotbed for infection.

Human Rights Watch said the quarantine created a “tinderbox” for infection and urged Singapore to quickly test all workers and move the sick out of the dormitories to medical facilities. Amnesty International called the lockdown “a recipe for disaster”. (Reuters)

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PH eyeing to launch SG-based contact tracing app amid COVID- 19 worries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippines is eyeing to launch a Singapore-based contact tracing app to help the government in containing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said they are coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and other government agencies to look into Singapore-based app ‘TraceTogether’.

DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan wrote a letter to Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong requesting more details about the app and that the ICT-enabled tools could assist in addressing the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines.

“In response, Ambassador Ho Wei Hong said Singapore is willing to provide technical assistance to DICT regarding the matter,” the DICT said.

According to the DICT, TraceTogether is a community-driven contact tracing app which works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals between phones to detect other app users who are within about two to five-meter proximity. The app was launched last March 20.

“If one app user tested positive for Covid-19, authorities will be able to identify other app users who were in close contact with the patient,” the DICT said. AAC

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