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03/06/2010: Ambassador Gaa Swears in First Philippine Honorary Consul General to the U.S. Virgin Islands

In a letter dated 17 May 2010, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa conveyed to Dr. Vicente Ferrer Poblete, Jr., M.D the U.S. State Department’s recognition of his appointment as the first Philippine Honorary Consul General of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dr. Poblete graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine in 1960 and was very active in the field of medicine, serving as Chairman for different divisions in various hospitals such as the R.L Schneider Hospital in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Asian Hospital and Medical Center in the Philippines, and the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in the Philippines.

Dr. Poblete has been awarded as Physician of the Year 2000 by the R.L. Schneider Regional Hospital at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Diplomate and Fellow by the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow by the New York Hospital-Cornwell Medical Center, and National Institute of Heart Fellow by Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

The assignment of Dr. Poblete as Philippine Honorary Consul General to the U.S. Virgin Islands will facilitate the Philippine Government’s ability to effectively provide consular services and assistance to Filipino nationals who are based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. END.