SAN FRANCISCO (May 11) — In coordination with the local Filipino American community, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco through its “Consulate on Wheels” team made its third trip to Reno, Nevada this year to conduct a consular outreach mission.
The two-day outreach activity was held at the Rose Garden Restaurant located at 1255 Stardust Street, Reno, NV. The business establishment is owned by Mr. Romy Rose, a long-time resident of Nevada and a prominent leader of the Filipino American community, Rose was one of the 73 dual citizenship applicants who took his oath on the last day of the program.
Thelma Frias, president of the Filipino American Alliance of Nevada (FAAN) and Warlito Pizarro, chairman of the board of directors of FAAN, helped organize the event.
“We are pleased to bring our services directly to our kababayans here in Northern Nevada,” said Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos.
“Our aim is to reach out to large numbers of Filipino Americans in various areas under our jurisdiction. With the significant turnout of applicants availing of our services, particularly passport renewal and dual citizenship, I believe we have attained our goals during the mission,” he added.
Deputy Consul General Santos was interviewed by the UN Television Channel 37, a morning news magazine program. He explained that the outreach programs of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco are part of the overall public service rendered by the Post.
He likewise mentioned the various services rendered by the consulate team in Reno, including the registration drive for overseas absentee voting (OAV) which ends on August 31.
“In going on these consular missions, we also bring our OAV personnel to increase the number of registrants. It is important for Filipino Americans to involve themselves in this activity. By registering as overseas absentee voters, they can have a definite say in the future of the Philippines through their selection of qualified and competent leaders,” he said.
A total of 378 services were rendered by the consulate team in Reno, including the processing of applications for dual citizenship (73), renewal of passports and issuance of travel documents (123), legalization of documents (69), overseas absentee voting (19) and other services (94).
The “Consulate on Wheels” team was led by Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos and composed of Cristina D.G. Yap, Ronilo R. Ferrer, Gina R. Suarez, Catherine Villar-Perez, Cesar C. Cruz, and Manolito Lucido.