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05/11/2013: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE-ON-WHEELS ROLLS INTO FRESNO AND VALLEJO

Clockwise from Top: A consular officer assists a kababayan with the renewal of her Philippine passport; The Consulate-on-Wheels team sets up at the Exposition of the Global Filipino in Vallejo, CA; The team sets up at the Fil-Am Center in Fresno, CA.

As part of its annual Consulate-on-Wheels/Wings program, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco dispatched a seven-person consular outreach team to Fresno on October 26 and Vallejo on October 27 to offer consular services to kababayans there.

The team, headed by Consul Reichel Quiñones, extended consular services to over 150 people over the two-day outreach, processing 94 passport applications, 48 legal and civil registry documents, and 43 applications for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., acknowledged the invaluable and continued support of the Consulate’s community partners – the Filipino-American Association of Fresno and Seafood City in Vallejo, both of which have been working closely with the Philippine Consulate to organize outreaches to their respective areas.

“We realize that it is difficult for some of our kababayans to come all the way to San Francisco for their consular documents, so we have been working with our community partners to bring our services closer to them,” Consul General Paynor explained “Thanks to the efforts of local community organizations and businesses such as the Filipino-American Association of Fresno and Seafood City, we have been able to extend our services well beyond the confines of San Francisco, and into the communities that our kababayans actually live and work in.”

COW Team with Dr. Lou Artacho (Front Row, 2L) and Ms. Fely Guzman (Front Row, 2R) of the Fil-Am Association of Fresno. Back row, LtoR: Mr. Alberto Lopez, Mr. Erwin Gret, Mr. Lito Lucido, Mr. Claro Cabuniag; Front row, LtoR: Ms. Hermie Cariño, Consul Reichel Quiñones, Ms. Zeny Alonzo.

The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, through its COW Program, conducts regular annual outreaches to various locations in the ten states under its jurisdiction: Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Northern Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For more information on upcoming Consulate-on-Wheels outreaches, or to search for a COW coming to your area, visit http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/philippines-sf/consular-outreach-sf/ or follow the Consulate’s Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/PCGSF.