04 August 2022
The Philippine government declared Martial Law on the entire island of Mindanao on 23 May 2017 following clashes between government forces and a terrorist group in Marawi City. The Martial Law was lifted on 1 January 2020 but Mindanao has remained under a state of national emergency.
Notwithstanding the lifting of Martial Law, travellers should note that there have been sporadic security incidents in the past few years such as two suicide bombings in Sulu in August 2020 as well as a bus bombing each in Cotabato City in January 2022, in Maguindanao in April 2022 and in Koronadal City in May 2022 respectively.
Singaporeans travelling to or residing in the affected areas of Mindanao are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities. Singaporeans should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where there are ongoing police or security operations. Singaporeans should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage. Singaporeans are encouraged to e-register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that they can be contacted should the need arise. Singaporeans are also advised to stay in touch with their families and friends so that they know you are safe. Those in need of urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Manila or the 24-hour Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office.
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in the Philippines
505 Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel: +63 2 8856 9922
Emergency Tel (after hours): +63 917 860 4740
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800; +65 6379 8855