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28/03/2010: Philippine Embassy Conducts Consular Outreach Program in Tampa, Florida

27-28 MARCH 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. conducted a consular outreach program in Tampa, Florida during the 15th Annual Philippine Festival organized by the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center.

Led by Consular General Domingo Nolasco, the consular team composed of Janeth Falsis, Emma Colobong and Joey Macatula processed 327 applications for machine-readable passport and 169 petitions for dual citizenship, among other consular services rendered to Filipinos in the area.

Prior to the oath taking ceremony, Consul General Nolasco briefed the participants and their families on the benefits of dual citizenship as well as the relevant laws on Philippine citizenship.  As a reiteration of Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa’s call for Filipinos to participate in the 2010 Philippine national elections, Consul General Nolasco took the opportunity to urge registered overseas absentee voters in the audience to submit their electoral ballots to the Embassy before May 10, 2010.

The consular outreach program is part of the Embassy’s vigorous efforts to conveniently bring specific consular services to Filipinos under its jurisdiction.  END.

Consul General Nolasco administers the oath of allegiance to 169 naturalized US citizens who reacquired their Philippine citizenship

The consular team of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. processes applications for machine-readable passport

Led by Consul General Nolasco (right), the consular team consisting of Joey Macatula (left), Emma Colobong (second from left) and Janeth Falsis (third from left), stand alongside PCFI Board Member Bert A. Almeda (second from right).  Mr. Almeda provided logistical and transportation support during the consular outreach at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center in Tampa, Florida.