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14/11/2011: PH Embassy Washington DC Registered Overseas Absentee Voters in Buford, Georgia

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC successfully conducted a mobile consular service in Buford, Georgia on 05 November 2011 at the multi-purpose rooms provided by RV Industries through its sales manager Robert Santiago.

The Embassy consular team was assisted by Honorary Consul General Raoul Donato with volunteers from the Filipino-American organizations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Stephen Pasay-Roble of Robins, Georgia,  registers as an overseas absentee voter during the consular outreach in Buford, Georgia on 05 November 2011.

Consul General Nolasco administered the oath of allegiance to 27 former Filipinos who reacquired their Philippine citizenship under RA 9225, the Dual Citizenship Law of 2003. Before the oath taking ceremony, he briefed the audience on the benefits of dual citizenship. He appealed to them and to their families and friends to register as overseas absentee voters, and be responsible citizens of the Philippines and the United States by petitioning their respective congressmen and senators in the US to support and co-sponsor the Save our Industries Act, a bill that will allow the export duty-free to the United States of Philippine apparel made of U.S. fabrics and aims to increase jobs and exports income for both countries. A total of 78 individuals submitted petition letters for the Save Act.

Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco explains to 27 former Filipinos, who reacquired their Philippine citizenship in Buford, Georgia on 05 November 2011, the benefits and privileges of dual Filipino and American citizenship.

The team processed on-site one hundred eleven (111) electronic passport applications, reports of births and marriages and notarization/authentication of legal documents.

Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco with Honorary Consul General Raoul Donato and the volunteers from the Filipino-American organizations in Atlanta, Georgia, who assisted the Embassy during the consular outreach in Buford, Georgia on 05 November 2011.

Post’s consular team was composed of Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco, Consular Assistants Laurence Sumando, Ma. Lyra Ocampo, Wennie Berganio, Joey Macatula, Abraham Agustin, and Collecting Officer Lyrie Fulgencio.

Post’s next consular outreach services will be held in Tampa, Florida on 26-27 November 2011.