The Philippine embassy in Doha announced the relocation of its Migrant Workers Office (MWO) to a new and more accessible location at Ad Dawhah Municipalityon Sunday.

Previously known as the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (Polo), the MWO moved from near Al Sadd Family Court and Police Station to Building number 17, Street 908, Zone 66, making it more convenient for Filipino expatriates and other clients in the country.

The new location can be reached via public transportation, with Katara on the Red Line as the nearest Metro station, M135 – Aba Al Kharasea as the closest bus stop, and the Nabedh Medical Centre as a prominent nearby landmark.

This decision follows the embassy’s move in December last year to relocate within the Onaiza area (Building No. 6, Street No. 549, Zone No. 66). This move was lauded by the Filipino community in Qatar, who appreciated the improved commuting convenience for overseas Filipino workers. The embassy’s current location is also near the Katara Metro station on the Red Line.

In addition to the MWO, the new office building houses other essential government agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Office (OWWA), Social Security System (SSS), and Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig). The proximity of the new MWO to the embassy—less than two minutes away—further enhances convenience for the community.

Officer-in-charge/assistant labour attache Atty. Don Albert Philippe Pangcog told Gulf Times that while searching for the new office location of the MWO, the following were considered: Proximity to the Philippine Embassy and the Migrant Workers Resource Centre; ease of access to Filipino workers - the new location is inside the free zone of Metro Express services, clients may go to the MWO by spending just QR2 and use of the Karwa App; availability of parking around the MWO.

The embassy encourages commuters to utilise the Metroexpress service via the Karwa Taxi mobile app for travel to and from the chancery.

The embassy also highlighted upcoming closures in June: it will be closed on June 12 to commemorate Philippine Independence Day, on June 13 for building works in the frontline consular area, and from June 17 to 19 in observance of Eid al-Adha.
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