By Sarah Townsend
“Kabayan Corner” initiative aims to encourage Filipino expats to air their concerns
The Philippines Consulate General in Dubai plans to set up ‘drop boxes’ in bus stations to enable Filipino expats to contact their embassy more easily.
The consulate general has signed an agreement with global courier and cargo solutions provider LBC Express, under which the drop boxes, called “Kabayan Corner”, will be installed in bus shelters across Dubai.
The initiative aims to provide the 450,000-odd Filipino expats in Dubai with a faster and more efficient way of airing concerns with their national representative, the Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, LBC said in a statement on Sunday.
It added that the initiative provides “hassle-free processing of official documents that need authentication by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs”.
Kabayan Corner boxes are to be installed in bus shelters located in Satwa, Mankhool, Baniyas, Bur Dubai and Al Rigga.
Letters from Filipino expats will be delivered to the Philippine Consulate General based in Dubai on a weekly basis, LBC said.
Mark Agalo-os, vice-president for Middle East at LBC Express, added: “It empowers the OFWs to direct their concerns and requests to the government officials. The initiative is among the first to be introduced in the country by any courier and cargo solutions provider.”