The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas) is the executive department of the Philippine government tasked to contribute to the enhancement of national security and the protection of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty, to participate in the national endeavor of sustaining development and enhancing the Philippines’ competitive edge, to protect the rights and promote the welfare of Filipinos overseas and to mobilize them as partners in national development, to project a positive image of the Philippines, and to increase international understanding of Philippine culture for mutually-beneficial relations with other countries.
Interestingly, DFA has vacancies available for Authentication Staff and Documentation Staff Position until September 5, 2022.
Sixty Five (65) Authentication Staff (Contract of Service) Php 20,109.00 Monthly Salary)
- Hiring Office: DFA Office of Consular Affairs
- Work Locations and No. of Vacancies:
- CO NCR North – 4 vacancies
- CO NCR Northeast – 4 vacancies
- CO NCR East – 4 vacancies
- CO NCR West – 4 vacancies
- CO NCR South – 4 vacancies
- CO NCR Central – 4 vacancies
- CO Cagayan de Oro – 4 vacancies
- CO Cebu – 4 vacancies
- CO Davao – 4 vacancies
- CO Iloilo – 4 vacancies
- CO La Union – 4 vacancies
- CO Pampanga – 4 vacancies
- OCA-Aseana – 8 vacancies
- Apostille Receiving Center (NBI Main Office in United Nations Ave., Ermita, Manila) – 9 vacancies
- Minimum Qualifications:
- Filipino citizen
- Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service, Diplomatic and Consular Affairs, Public Administration or other related degrees
- Customer service experience
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Working knowledge in computer applications
- General Functions of the Position:
- Verifies appointment confirmation of applicants
- Processes individually-filled public documents
- Scrutinizes and ascertains the veracity of signatures
affixed in the documents
- Encodes the necessary entries on the Authentication
Processing and Issuance System (APIS)
- Checks all the entries before printing the Apostille
- Sorts documents and affixes gold seal, grommet sticker,
and dry seal in the Apostille
- Locates individually-filled documents in the Releasing Section
- Releases authenticated documents in a timely manner
- Drafts necessary communication related to
- Performs other tasks that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor.
How to Apply
Interested applicants are requested to send their application through this form or copy and paste this link: https://forms.gle/kW6ZG3wRSkwWVbJcA
- Duly accomplished DFA application form with colored photo and Work Experience Sheet (downloadable at https://dfa.gov.ph/images/2017/JobVacancies/June/20/DFA-Application-Form-Revision-1.pdf) with colored photo and https://dfa.gov.ph/images/2018/job-vacancies/September/03/Work-Experience-Sheet.pdf
- Updated resumé
- Photocopy of transcript of records AND diploma (if unavailable a Certificate of Graduation will suffice)
- Photocopy/ies of relevant training certificates
- Valid NBI clearance (or proof of renewal or new application)
Five (5) Documentation Staff (Contract of Service) (Php 15,895.38 Monthly Salary)
- Office: DFA Office of Consular Affairs Bradco Avenue cor Macapagal Boulevard, Aseana Business Park, Parañaque City
- Minimum Qualifications:
- Filipino citizen;
- Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job;
- With experience in Customer Service and other related experience;
- Possesses good customer communications skills;
- Proficient in written and oral communication both in English and Filipino;
- Working knowledge in computer applications particularly in Microsoft Office.
- General Functions of the Position:
- Grooms consular documents (i.e. passport records, civil registry and other consular documents) in preparation for scanning by ensuring that documents are complete, in order and intact;
- Scans consular documents and checks for quality control;
- Encodes data from passport records (i.e. passport number and name), for ease and verification;
- Assigns a control number per bundle for easy archiving in the database;
- Arranges bundles in the respective shelves for easy retrieval of physical documents, if needed;
- Assists in the conduct of disposition of consular documents; and
- Performs other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
How to Apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
the following requirements in PDF format and write in the subject line Application for Documentation Staff (COS):
- Duly accomplished DFA application form with colored photo (downloadable at https://dfa.gov.ph/images/2020/Forms/DFA-Application-Form-Rev2.pdf)
- Updated resumé
- Copy of transcript of records
- Copy of diploma
- Copy of valid NBI clearance or proof of application
- Certificate/s of Good Moral Character from current/previous employer or school, whichever is applicable, may be required by HRMO during the selection process.
DFA implements equal employment opportunity hence all vacant positions shall be open to all qualified applicants regardless of age, school, gender, civil status, disability, religion, ethnicity, social class, income status, paternity and filiation, political affiliation or other similar factors/personal circumstances pursuant to existing government laws, rules and regulations.
Incomplete submission of documents will not be accepted/processed.
Most qualified applicants will be invited for an examination and interview at the email address indicated in their application form.
Deadline of submission of application is on 05 September 2022 at 5:00 P.M.
The history of the Republic of the Philippines and that of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are intertwined. The important events marking the passage of the years at the Department are also milestones in the rise of the Philippines as an independent nation.
Over one hundred years ago, the DFA had its auspicious beginnings when President Emilio Aguinaldo appointed Apolinario Mabini as the Republic's first Secretary of Foreign Affairs on 23 June 1898, eleven days after the declaration of Philippine independence at Kawit, Cavite. The DFA was among the first government departments created following the establishment of the First Philippine Republic. Realizing the need for international recognition of the new government, Aguinaldo assigned Mabini the difficult task of establishing diplomatic relations with friendly countries. Members of the Hong Kong Junta, a group of Filipino exiles in Hong Kong, served as the country's envoys for this purpose.
The Philippines underwent colonial rule under the United States from 1898 to 1946, and Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1944. The country regained independence, including full control of foreign affairs and diplomatic matters, on 4 July 1946. Commonwealth Act No. 732 was passed creating the Department of Foreign Affairs. Shortly thereafter, President Manuel Roxas issued on September 16 of that year Executive Order No. 18 providing for the organization and operation of the DFA and the Foreign Service. The main tasks of the DFA then were to assist in post-war rehabilitation, formulate policies for investment promotion, and establish diplomatic relations with other countries.
The DFA led in the conclusion of the RP-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty, as well as in the Laurel-Langley Agreement, thus paving the way for a balanced yet robust trade and military relations with the United States.
The DFA had a heyday during the post-war years, with its increased participation in the international arena. It became a founding member of the United Nations and one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It helped forge the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The country was also an early proponent of decolonization and global disarmament. The Philippines' dynamic participation in global matters culminated in Carlos P. Romulo's election as the first Asian President of the UN General Assembly in 1952. At that time, the international environment began to change, requiring that new thrusts and priorities in Philippine foreign policy be determined. During the Cold War era, against the backdrop of the Korean War and rising communism in China, the Philippines pursued an increasing internationalist foreign policy.
Realizing the importance of foreign relations, President Elpidio Quirino in June 1952 pushed for the passage of the Foreign Service Act of 1952, embodied in Republic Act No. 708. During the post-war period, the DFA focused on institution building, closer engagement with Asian neighbors, and increasing Philippine global linkages. When he became Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs under the Magsaysay Administration, Raul S. Manglapus instituted the Foreign Service Officers’ Examinations to professionalize the foreign service and to upgrade the recruitment and selection of new foreign service officers.
The Marcos years, from 1965 to 1986, were marked by policy innovations and then difficulties brought about by the excesses of the martial law regime. President Ferdinand Marcos redefined foreign policy as the safeguarding of territorial integrity and national dignity, and emphasized increased regional cooperation and collaboration. He stressed "Asianness" and pursued a policy of constructive unity and co-existence with other Asian states, regardless of ideological persuasion. In 1967, the Philippines launched a new initiative to form a regional association with other Southeast Asian countries called the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Philippines also normalized economic and diplomatic ties with China and the USSR, which President Marcos visited in 1975 and 1976, respectively. The Philippines also opened embassies in the eastern bloc countries, as well as a separate mission to the European Common Market in Brussels.
Throughout the 1970s, the DFA pursued the promotion of trade and investments, played an active role in hosting international meetings, and participated in the meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Foreign Service Institute was created in 1976 to provide in-house training to Foreign Service personnel.
The EDSA Revolution in 1986 saw the re-establishment of a democratic government under President Corazon Aquino. During this period, the DFA once again pursued development diplomacy, in the active pursuit of opportunities abroad in the vital areas of trade, investment, finance, technology and aid. The Philippines became one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in November 1989, and an active player in regional efforts to establish the ASEAN Free Trade Area. In the 1990s, more diplomatic missions were established in the Middle East to improve existing ties with Arab states and to respond to the growing needs of Overseas Filipino workers in the region.
In 1991, heeding the growing nationalist sentiments among the public, the Philippine Senate voted against the extension of the RP-U.S. Military Bases Agreement, thus putting to a close the decades-old presence of the U.S. military at Subic Bay and Clark Field. Also in 1991, President Aquino signed into law the new Foreign Service Act of 1991 (R.A. 7157), which reorganized the Department along geographic lines and strengthened the Foreign Service. It instituted a Career Minister Eligibility Examination as a requirement for promotion of senior FSOs to the rank of Career Ministers, thereby ensuring the professional selection of those who would eventually rise to the level of career ambassadors.
The Ramos administration from July 1992 to June 1998 defined the four core priorities of Philippine foreign policy namely: the enhancement of national security, promotion of economic diplomacy, protection of overseas Filipino workers and Filipino nationals abroad, and the projection of a good image of the country abroad.
President Ramos boosted foreign trade, investments and official development assistance to the Philippines through his state visits and summit meetings. In 1996, the Philippines successfully hosted the APEC Leaders' Summit, which resulted in the Manila Action Plan for APEC 1996 (MAPA '96).
The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 (R.A. 8042) provided a framework for stronger protection of Filipino workers abroad, with the creation of the Legal Assistance Fund and the Assistance-to-Nationals Fund, and the designation in the DFA of a Legal Assistant for Migrant Workers' Affairs, with the rank of Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs.
Among the other significant events in foreign affairs during the Ramos years were: the adoption by ASEAN in 1992, upon Philippine initiative, of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea aimed at confidence-building and avoidance of conflict among claimant states; the establishment of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines (BIMP)-East Asia Growth area in 1994; the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1994 as the only multilateral security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region conducted at the government level; and the signing between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front on 2 September 1996 of the Mindanao Peace Agreement.
The DFA, during the Estrada administration, hosted the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in July 1998, and undertook confidence-building measures with China over the South China Sea issue. President Estrada strengthened bilateral ties with neighboring countries with visits to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. The DFA played a major role in the forging of a Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, which was concurred in the Senate in 1999. The country also sent a delegation of 108 observers to the Indonesian parliamentary elections, and engaged in cooperative activities in the areas of security, defense, combating transnational crimes, economy, culture, and the protection of OFWs and Filipinos abroad.