Public Advisory: Spike in NYC Crime Rate in Subway

Public Advisory 049-202227 April 2022 SPIKE IN NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY CRIME RATE The Philippine Consulate General in New York informs the commuting public that robberies in the New York transit system have surged 71 percent in 2022 compared with the same period last year, according to the New York City Police Department’s transit bureau records. Felony assaults are up 28 percent and grand larceny has shot up 110 percent.Overall, major felonies reported in the subway system rose 68 percent in New York City in the fist four months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.In view of these findings, kababayan are reminded to stay vigilant and to take the necessary precautions when taking the subway.

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Public Advisory: Second Vote Counting Machine Failure

Public Advisory 048-202227 April 2022 SECOND VOTE COUNTING MACHINE FAILURE The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs the public that the alternate Vote Counting Machine (VCM) used to replace the jammed primary VCM encountered a failure in the scanner diagnostic after repeated attempts.To ensure that there would be no further delays in the ballot feeding, the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) decided to use the second alternate VCM. After successfully performing full diagnostics, ballot feeding on the second alternate VCM resumed.The Consulate has reported the event to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and requested for additional VCMs to serve as alternates for the two primary VCMs currently being used for ballot feeding.

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Public Advisory: Covid-19 Exposure of Philippine Consulate General Personnel

Public Advisory 047-202226 April 2022 COVID-19 EXPOSURE OF PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL PERSONNEL The Philippine Consulate General in New York advises the public that several more members of its consular staff had been exposed to COVID-19.As such, the Consulate strongly encourages those who visited the Philippine Center yesterday, Monday, 25 April 2022, and today, Tuesday, 26 April 2022, to observe themselves for symptoms or get themselves tested when they can.The Consulate assures kababayan with scheduled appointments that unless otherwise advised it will be “business-as-usual” at the Consular Section. Kababayan with scheduled appointments are advised to observe the indoor mask policy and other COVID-19 protocols.The Consulate also assures kababayan that overseas absentee voting processes will not be affected and will proceed as scheduled.

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Public Advisory: Change in Ballot Feeding Schedule

Public Advisory 046-202225 April 2022 CHANGE IN BALLOT FEEDING SCHEDULE The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs all approved accredited watchers, media entities, election observers, and the general public that in anticipation of the increase in submitted ballots envelopes, the schedule for ballot feeding for this Thursday (28 April), Monday (02 May) and next Thursday (May 05), will begin at 9 a.m.  at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center. The ballot feeding will also be streamed live on the Consulate's Facebook page.All accredited watchers, media entities, and election observers who plan to observe the ballot feeding in person are reminded to comply with Commission on Elections (COMELEC) regulations on presenting their papers to the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI), wearing their IDs while inside the Philippine Center, and adhering to the Consulate’s prevailing health protocols.

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Public Advisory: Schedule of Ballot Feeding Today

Public Advisory 045-202225 April 2022 SCHEDULE OF BALLOT FEEDING TODAY The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs all approved accredited watchers, media entities, election observers, and the general public that ballot feeding will be conducted today, 25 April 2022, and every Monday and Thursday afternoon after consular operating hours at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center.  The ballot feeding will also be streamed live on the Consulate's FaceBook page. All accredited watchers, media entities, and election observers who plan to observe the ballot feeding in person are reminded to comply with Commission on Elections regulations on presenting their papers to the Special Board of Election Inspectors, wearing of their IDs while inside the Philippine Center, and adhering to the Consulate's prevailing health protocols, including presentation of a negative antigen test result.

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Public Advisory: Kababayan Advised to Continue Observing Covid-19 Protocols

Public Advisory 044-202224 April 2022 KABABAYAN ADVISED TO CONTINUE OBSERVING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS While the current alert level in New York City remains “low,” the Philippine Consulate General in New York  advises all kababayan to observe basic COVID-19 safety protocols, such as wearing their masks in indoor public spaces and washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer.Kababayan who would be availing themselves of consular services when we resume operations beginning tomorrow, Monday, 25 April 2022, are strictly required to wear their masks while inside the Philippine Center and to practice physical distancing, whenever possible.With some consular staff still in isolation due to COVID-19 exposure,  the Philippine Consulate General in New York appreciates the patience and understanding of our kababayan as we endeavor to serve them.Maraming salamat po.

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Public Advisory: All Election Ballots for Kababayan in United States Northeast Mailed Out

Public Advisory 043-202223 April 2022 ALL ELECTION BALLOTS FOR KABABAYAN IN US NORTHEAST MAILED OUT The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs registered voters in the United States Northeast that as of 9:30 a.m. today, Saturday, 23 April 2022, it has mailed out all election packets containing ballots for the 2022 national elections.Kababayan who have not yet received their election packets should be receiving theirs within the next several days. They should accomplish the ballots and mail these back to us as soon as possible or drop them personally at the Consulate.Registered overseas voters who would not be able to receive their election packets by the end of next week are requested to check the list of kababayan whose ballots have been returned to the Consulate by clicking on this link: https://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/overseas-voting/The Consulate expresses its appreciate to kababayan for their continued patience and understanding.

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Public Advisory: Temporary Suspension of Ballot Feeding Due to Technical Issue

Public Advisory 042-202222 April 2022 TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF BALLOT FEEDING DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUE The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs the public that it had to suspend the ballot feeding at the Kalayaan Hall this afternoon after one of its Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) encountered a technical issue. The technical issue was encountered during the later part of the ballot feeding process when one of two remaining ballots got stuck inside one of the VCMs. It was witnessed by election observers who were present and was also captured on our live Facebook video stream. Although a secondary VCM is available, the Consulate decided to suspend the ballot feeding until it receives guidance from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) whether said VCM, which has not undergone final testing, can be utilized. Since a response from the COMELEC could not be immediately received due to the time difference, the Consulate has decided to just have the remaining ballots fed on the next scheduled ballot feeding on Monday, 25 April 2022. By then, COMELEC guidance would already have been given.

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Public Advisory: Change in Ballot Feeding Schedule for 21 April

Public Advisory 041-202221 April 2022 CHANGE IN BALLOT FEEDING SCHEDULE FOR 21 APRIL The Consulate General of the Philippines wishes to inform all approved and accredited poll watchers, media entities, and observers that due to the scheduled disinfection of the Philippine Center tomorrow at 6pm, we shall be moving the scheduled ballot feeding of 21 April to 1:00pm EST instead. This will still be conducted at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York City.Poll watchers are reminded that per COMELEC Resolution No. 10751, political parties are limited to only one (1) watcher per SBEI at any given time. As New York PCG has two SBEIs, Political Parties are entitled to two (2) accredited watchers at any given time.All accredited poll watchers must present to the Chairperson of the SBEI their appointments and that they shall at all times bear the appropriate IDs signed by the duly authorized representative of the Political Party who appointed them.As the Consulate is undergoing suspension of operations due to several staff being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, we strongly encourage you to instead witness the ballot feeding via our livestream on our FaceBook page. If you wish to be physically present, please…

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Public Advisory: Reminder to Poll Watchers, Media Entities, Election Observers

Public Advisory 040-202220 April 2022 REMINDER TO POLL WATCHERS, MEDIA ENTITIES, ELECTION OBSERVERS Please be reminded that per COMELEC Resolution No. 10751, political parties are limited to only one (1) watcher per SBEI at any given time. As New York PCG has two SBEIs, Political Parties are entitled to two (2) accredited watchers at any given time.All accredited watchers must present to the Chairperson of the SBEI their appointments and that they shall at all times bear the appropriate IDs signed by the duly authorized representative of the Political Party who appointed them.Ballot feeding is scheduled every Monday and Thursday afternoon after consular operating hours. These will also be livestreamed on our FaceBook page.Everyone is to abide by the health and safety protocols imposed by the Consulate.For any questions regarding the above, please send an email to newyorkpcg.ov@dfa.gov.ph with the subject line "Poll Watchers/Media/Observers".

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