Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
DE RUEHML #0674/01 0860230
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 270230Z MAR 09
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3651
RUEHHI/AMEMBASSY HANOI 6644
UNCLAS MANILA 000674
Note – PII Data Removed
FROM COUNSELOR FOR MANAGEMENT AFFAIRS CATHERINE I. EBERT-GRAY
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: APER RP
SUBJECT: WELCOME TO MANILA – CONTACT INFORMATION
¶1. I am pleased to learn of your assignment to Manila as Management
Officer. We look forward to your arrival and the essential support
you will provide our Mission team. While Manila is a differential
post, I am sure you will find living and working here a socially
vibrant, colorful, and professionally rewarding experience.
¶2. Prior to your arrival, you may have a number of
questions about life and work in Manila. Please feel free to
contact us at:
TEL: (63)(2) 301-2000
FAX: (63)(2) 301-2373
Our two website addresses are:
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
Your primary Management Section contact until your arrival is
Supervisory Human Resources Officer Graham L. Webster.
Human Resources E-Mail: MNLPER@STATE.GOV
GSO HOUSING OFFICE
Please contact our Housing Office at
ManilaHousing@state.gov, or by phone at (632) 301-2863.
GSO PROPERTY AND SUPPLY
For GSO residential furniture and furnishings questions, please
contact Joseph W. Vasquez.
GSO TRAVEL OFFICE
For assistance related to your travel to post, please contact our
Travel Assistant, Ms. Rani Ibasco.
For Customs, Shipping, and Pet Importation questions, General
Services Officer Paul S. Dever can best assist you.
Note: Dispatch Agencies are encountering longer lead times to book
freight aboard vessels departing the United States. This may delay
the arrival of your HHE and POV. Please plan accordingly.
COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICE
Manila’s CLO Office provides answers to frequently asked questions
(FAQs) on Post’s CLO State intranet site – please check it out! If
you plan to enroll children in school here, please contact CLO
Coordinator Clarissa T. Allen who will be pleased to assist and
advise you concerning pre-arrival enrollment and registration
Family members interested in employment in the Philippines should
¶3. EMBASSY ADDRESS & MAIL INFORMATION
Current mail operations are comparable to the USPS. All services
are available, including certified, insured, and registered mail,
Priority and Express mail, international mail, money orders, and
claims service. Average mailing times to the U.S. are 8 days for
Standard Mail, 3-5 days for Priority Mail, and 2-3 days for Express
Your FPO mailing address will be:
PSC 500 BOX 4
FPO AP 96515
Note: Please do not include “U.S. Embassy Manila” or “The
Philippines” in the FPO mail address as this will cause routing into
the local post office and delay delivery.
Your international mail address will be:
U.S. Embassy Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Official pouch (mail is irradiated) address is:
Department of State
8600 Manila Place
Washington, DC 20521-8600
Personal pouch (mail is irradiated) address is:
Department of State
8600 Manila Place
Dulles, VA 20189-8600
¶4. OFFICIAL COMPUTER ACCOUNTS
Your unclassified (state.gov) and classified (state.sgov.gov)
computer accounts must be moved from your current bureau/post to
Manila. This process involves your current bureau/post, State, and
Manila, and can take several days to complete. You must take
before departing to allow the process to begin, otherwise the
process cannot begin until you arrive in Manila, and you will spend
your first several days here without computer accounts.
Your accounts cannot be moved if your mailboxes have too many
emails. It is imperative that your emails be pared down as much as
possible before you depart your current bureau/post, and your email
addresses be removed from distribution lists.
Please contact your current IRM/IM sections for details and advice.
POCs in Manila are:
Manila ISC Support Desk (on OpenNet) for unclassified accounts;
Manila IPC Helpdesk (on ClassNet) for classified
¶5. ARRIVAL PLAN
Please advise post of the following information as soon as possible:
1) expected arrival date and flight information; 2) number of
accompanying family members and/or members of household; 3) the
name, date of birth, sex, and grade of each school age family
member; and 4) number and kinds of accompanying pets.
Again, congratulations on your assignment to Manila.
We look forward to meeting you.