• O.G. Wright

Hundreds Of Filipino Groups Are Told To Stop All Their Pending Activities In Dubai

The top official of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Dubai is advising all Filipino groups within the emirate to cease staging activities without the approval of Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA) to avoid any penalties.

In a town hall meeting held at the Gerry’s Grill restaurant in Karama, Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said before the Filipino community leaders that organizing such events is punishable by law if they are not recognized by the CDA.

He revealed that government officials have personally spoken with him regarding the issue.

Under the law, only those groups who are recognized by the CDA are permitted to stage activities in the emirate.

Those who are recognized by the Consulate are also prohibited from organizing activities.

Aside from organizing events, Filipino groups are also advised against online presence as the government is monitoring them.

One group was recently checked by the Dubai Police during an event and was asked to pay a fine of AED 50,000 for not following the law.

“I advise all community organizations to cease and desist their events and activities including online presence and social media interactions unless they are duly recognized and accredited by the CDA,” he said in a statement sent to Filipino leaders after the town hall meeting.

“The PCG in Dubai shall also cease issuing any certificate or recognition to any community organization henceforth,” he added.

Cortes said that all certifications that they have released from the very beginning will be revoked.

“In line with our mandate to assist all Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and as your Consul General, I wish to remind you all to please abide by UAE laws and regulations and hope that everyone heeds this Consulate’s advice,” he said.

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