Event | KJRI Hosted Hand-over of Passport and Special Non-Immigrant Visa to PIDs in Mindanao with Indonesia's Minister of Law and Human Rights

Just recently, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City has hosted a hand-over of passport and special non-immigrant visa 47 (a) (2) to Persons of Indonesian Descent (PIDs) in Mindanao with Prof Yasonna H. Laoly, S.H., M. Sc, Ph.D, the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia.

The event was simple yet very culturally alive!

The event commenced with the singing of the Indonesian national anthem then followed by a cultural dance known as "Tuwu Dance" from Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia which was performed by the students of Indonesian School of Davao. The event was also graced by the Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary to the Philippines, concurrently the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau, H.E. Agus Widjojo, Consul General Dicky Fabrian and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights team. The Konsulat Jenderal Republik of Indonesia (KJRI) in Davao City staff, representatives of Indonesian citizens in Mindanao, local dignitaries such as Department of Foreign Affairs Mindanao, Commander of Easter Mindanao Command, Provincial Director of Philippine Regional Office XI, Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, Chief State Counsel of the Department of Justice, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, foreign representative including Consul General of China, Malaysia and Japan.

Tuwu Dance Performed by the Indonesian School of Davao Students

Passports and Non-Immigrant Visa Received

This event was the product of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in 2014 wherein the government bodies of both Republic of Indonesia and Republic of the Philippines agreed to resolve the problems of nationals of descent in their respective regions. The agreement involves Persons of Indonesian Descent (PIDs) in Mindanao and Persons of the Philippines Descent (PPDs) in North Sulawesi and its surrounding.

ConGen Dicky Fabrian

The Philippine government through the Department of Justice, in cooperation with KJRI in Davao City and assistance of UNHCR Philippines, initiated a program namely registration and citizenship confirmation for 8,745 PIDs in Mindanao from 2016-2019.

According to KJRI in Davao City, a total of 1,259 passports for Registered Indonesian Nationals (RINs). A symbolic handover ceremony was held by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2018. A total of 835 RINs has received indorsement on special non-immigrant visa 47(a)(2) from the Department of Justice with a validity period of five (5) years.

The granting of passport and special non-immigrant visa is a form of providing protection by the state to its citizens, not only domestically but also Indonesians citizens abroad.


This event has also given me a chance to go around KJRI again; taste some authentic Indonesian food and appreciate authentic Indonesian artworks. Also, having been invited for the event, I am very happy to witness stronger ties between two countries helping each other to make people's lives better. Plus, economic ties will be strengthen, as well as, tourism will open post pandemic.

Congratulations for this successful event and thank you for visiting my avenue, www.ten7avenue.com!

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