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01/03/2012: Philippine Embassy Conducts First Consular Outreach Misssion in Pensacola, Florida

The Embassy's Consular team, headed by Consul Arlene Magno (front row, sixth from left), pose with Ms. Divine Herrera, President of the Filipino-American Association of Pensacola, Inc., (front row, sixth from right) and her community leaders, at the end of the two-day outreach mission in Pensacola, Florida.

29 February 2012, Washington, D.C. The Philippine Embassy conducted its first Consular Outreach Mission in Pensacola, Florida, over the weekend, generating 301 passport renewals and over 50 other services, such as reports of birth and marriage and consularization of documents.  First Secretary and Consul Arlene Magno, who led the team, also administered the oath of allegiance to 26 dual citizens at the Fil-Am Community Center.

The outreach mission was organized upon the invitation of Ms. Divine Herrera, President of the Filipino-American Association of Pensacola, Inc., and was one of the main attractions for their Philippine Festival held on 25 February 2012.  According to her, the Filipinos are the largest minority group in Escambia County, Pensacola, although applicants also came from the nearby states of Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan and Mississipi, as well as various parts of Florida.

The Embassy’s Consular team was likewise able to register 98 applicants for Overseas Absentee Voting for the May 2013 Philippine national elections.