• 1 of 10 This year, the Philippines chairs ASEAN

    The Philippines chairs ASEAN on its 50th year with the theme "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World."

  • 2 of 10 ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons Enters into Force with Philippines' deposit of Instrument of Ratification

    The Philippines is the sixth ASEAN Member State to ratify the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) after Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Myanmar.

  • 3 of 10 AICHR PH Pushes for 2 Major Projects in 2017

    The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Philippines pushes for two major projects during the Philippines' ASEAN Chairmanship this year during the 23rd Meeting of AICHR in Boracay on February 13-15.

  • 4 of 10 Secretary Yasay Chairs the ASEAN Ministers Meeting Retreat

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. will host and chair the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Boracay on February 21.

  • 5 of 10 ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, Aklan, Philippines

    Partnering for Change, Engaging the World: ASEAN Foreign Ministers link arms as a show of solidarity during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, Aklan, Philippines on February 21.

  • 6 of 10 PH Foreign Affairs Secretary Yasay and Vietnam Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh Discuss Matters of Common Concern
    Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. twinning with Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during their bilateral meeting in Boracay on February 20

  • 7 of 10 Philippines, Turkey ink MOU on tourism cooperation

    Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo and Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation aimed at encouraging more people from the PHilippines and Turkey to visit each others' countries.  Photo courtesy: Yasin Aras, Anadolu Agency

  • 8 of 10 Let's Celebrate Our Deep Sense of Kinship!

    Celebrating One ASEAN: Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. invites the guests of the AMM Retreat Welcome Dinner to celebrate their common ASEAN heritage.

  • 9 of 10 Filipino Teacher Honored in China

    Filipina teacher Lilian Albarico receives the Tengwengge Friendship Award, the highest honorary award given to foreign expatriate in Nanchang City, for her excellence in teaching.

  • 10 of 10 PH elected Chair of ASEAN-Korea Centre Council for 2017

    Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez was recently elected chair of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Council for 2017.


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Remarks of HON. PERFECTO R. YASAY, JR. Welcome Dinner of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines       Excellencies, Colleagues in Government, Dear...
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22 February 2017 TEL AVIV, STATE OF ISRAEL – More business and tourism opportunities are in sight with the launch of Cathay Pacific’s first flight from Tel Aviv to Manila via Hong Kong beginning...


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12 May 2015 - The Department of Foreign Affairs - Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) announced that effective May 08, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in collaboration with the DFA-OVS has rolled out iREHISTRO for implementation by the following Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) in the Middle East and Africa: Philippine Embassies in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Nairobi, Pretoria, Riyadh, Tehran plus the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Jeddah. On May 05, FSPs in Europe and Israel rolled out the iREHISTRO system for overseas Filipinos in their respective areas.

iREHISTRO is an online system that provides another way of accomplishing forms for voter registration related process. Prospective applicants still have to appear personally at Foreign Service Posts or Mobile/Field registration sites, to sign and submit their duly accomplished printed form, and for biometrics capturing. In addition, the processed applications still have to be approved by the Resident Election Registration Board (RERB).

Commissioner Al A. Parreño, who conceptualized and is in charge of the COMELEC’s implementation of iRehistro, offered the technology to the Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) last September 2014. As a result, a pilot project was initiated with the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain, in November 2014, and was successfully concluded in January 2015.

Based on the Philippine Embassy in Madrid’s recommendation, with a favourable endorsement from DFA-OVS, the COMELEC approved the implementation of iREHISTRO for all Foreign Service Posts. Regional training for Voter Registration Machine Operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Americas region has just been successfully completed. Roll-out of iREHISTRO for the Americas region is imminent. Training and rollout for FSPs in the Asia Pacific region is being planned for the end of this month. 

Overseas Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa now have the option of filling up the forms from the comfort of their homes, workplace, internet café, or anywhere they have access to reliable internet connection. The optional appointment feature of the system allows for better time management since it provides them an easy way to schedule their personal appearance at a FSP or Mobile/Field registration site.

FSPs also benefit from iREHISTRO. The optional appointment system if and when used can accurately inform the Post on how many registrants to expect on a given day, thus giving them a heads up on how to adjust for the walk-ins. In addition, planning for outreach and Akyat Barko activities is made easier by the advance relatively accurate head count. Efficiency is enhanced because of the faster processing time resulting to potentially more registrants per day, with higher “customer satisfaction”.

All Filipino citizens who expect to be in Europe, Middle East and Africa during the thirty day (April 09 to May 09) overseas voting period for the 2016 Presidential Elections, at least 18 years old on May 09, not otherwise disqualified by law and who would like to be among the first overseas Filipinos to become part of this historical evolution of the Philippine overseas electoral process, may now go to or  to access the iREHISTRO System to register as an overseas voter. The voter registration period ends on October 31. END