Tel Aviv PE Makes OAV Registration History, Breaks All Previous Records and Targets


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29 August 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel - The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv makes history this year by breaking all three previous OAV registration figures including the combined actual OAV registrants from 2003 to 2009 and the 2012 OAV target for Israel two months before the October deadline for new registrants.

As of this reporting, Tel Aviv PE posted a total of 5,040 new registrants which is the highest number ever registered in Israel compared to the three individual previous registrations in 2003 (1,518), 2006 (1,288) and 2009 (2,700).

This current figure is 106% higher than the 4,750 actual registrant figure for 2003-2010 and 345% higher than the 2012 OAV target of 1,458 for Israel.

Since the beginning of the OAV registration last year, Tel Aviv PE has remained among the top performing Posts in the Middle East and around the world in terms of garnering new registrants despite the much smaller Filipino community in the country compared to those in the neighboring states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE.

Based on the 2010 Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) stock estimate, there are 35,700 OFWs and potential registrants/voters in Israel. This approximates the long-held Embassy estimate of 35,000 to 41,000 but higher than the 2010 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) official figure of 28,800 regular Filipino workers currently in Israel.

Using the CFO figure, the current OAV tally of 5,040 so far represents 14% penetration of the stock estimate while the combined figure of 9,790 (4,750 + 5,040) represents 27.4% penetration of the stock estimate which may be among the highest in the world ever attained by a Philippine Foreign Service Post.

Tel Aviv PE attributes its success to the various creative strategies it is adopting in the current registration campaign period which includes the launch of mass SMS transmission through a certain Israeli mobile network (Orange/WIC) which reportedly has more than 8,100 active Filipino subscribers in its database. It also coordinated with the office of the TFC Global Post which carried an OAV registration bulletin for many months.

Another equally important strategy is the OAV Field registration activity. Tel Aviv PE conducted two field registration campaigns, one in Haifa which is north of Tel Aviv and one in Eilat in the southernmost region of Israel.

Two more similar registration activities will be launched before the October deadline, one in Jerusalem and another round in Haifa. The last field registration will also be combined with another mass SMS transmission to the Filipino subscribers of the same network.

Tel Aviv PE also entices Filipinos who have completed the process of reacquiring their dual citizenship to immediately register as OAV registrants within the same working day.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge is confident that the 5,500 new OAV registration mark before the October 31 deadline this year will be breached by Tel Aviv PE.