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Filipinos in Singapore Reaches Out To New Immigrants
THE Filipino Association of Singapore (FAS), prompted by its growing community here, is taking on a bigger role in the integration of new immigrants, especially those from the Philippines.
It is looking to work with government agencies and other expatriate associations in organising grassroots activities and events where Singaporeans and foreigners from all over get to mingle.
FAS president Ronnie Albeus, who shared these plans during the group’s 73rd anniversary celebrations at Hong Lim Park on Sunday, said the association will target new citizens and permanent residents who are from the Philippines in particular.
The number of Filipinos who now call Singapore home has grown substantially in recent years, with Mr Albeus estimating that around 150,000 Filipinos currently live and work here, compared with between 100,000 and 120,000 just three years ago.
About half of them are here as maids, but there are a growing number working in the information technology and service sectors, he noted.
‘There are an increasing number of Filipinos who work here and eventually apply for permanent residence,’ said Mr Albeus, himself a Singapore PR.
Source: Straits Times