NEW YORK – After ten years, the Philippine Consulate General New York returned to Rhode Island recently, to conduct its consular outreach, the consulate has announced. The visit covered areas in South Coast, Massachusetts which includes Greater Newport, Rhode Island and Falls River, Massachusetts. The consular team also visited Manchester, New Hampshire to process passport applications and render other services.
Community leaders from both states hosted the consulate visit, which was headed by Consul Felipe Carino.
In New Hampshire, the Fil-Am Friendship Society of Manchester, led by Josie Sanz and Jocelyn Santiago, co-organizers, used the Manchester Community Resource Center for the outreach.
In Rhode Island, the Filipino-American Newport, headed by incoming president Chet Gotauco and Filipino Community of South Coast Massachusetts led by president Dee St Denis, co-hosted the event, and supported by LIngkod Timog medical missions headed by Cely Heredia and community leader, Doy Heredia.
According to the statement, applicants from both New Hampshire and Rhode Island expressed satisfaction with the service they received. Overseas voting registration for the 2016 Philippine National Elections was also conducted in both states.
The next consular outreach will be held on April 18 at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a similar outreach on April 19 at North Dover Elementary School in Toms Rivers, New Jersey.
PHOTO 1: Applicants wait patiently for their turn as Philippine Consulate staff evaluate their consular application. (Philippine Consulate NY Photo)
PHOTO 2: Philippine Consulate staff uploading information to a computer database. (Philippine Consulate NY Photo)
PHOTO 3: Philippine consulate staff pose for a memento with community leaders after the consular outreach. (Philippine Consulate NY Photo)