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Left photo: Mr. Eddy Alvarez (extreme left), COW volunteer coordinator for San Jose, helping applicants check in for their appointments. Right photo: Passport Officer Leon Logarta processes a client’s application for passport renewal.

Following the previous week’s foray into Silicon Valley, the Consulate-on-Wheels returned, this time to San Jose, to extend consular services to the growing community of Filipinos residing in the technology and innovation hub of California.

The consular team rendered a total of 130 services during the one-day outreach, held on August 31 at the Community Center of the Eastridge Mall. Filipinos in the area were able to avail themselves of services such as passport renewal, authentication and acknowledgment of documents, and filing of reports of births and marriages. Most applicants opted as well to register as overseas voters, in preparation for the upcoming Philippine elections in 2016.

Mr. Eddy Alvarez, the lead coordinator for the San Jose outreach, thanked the Team for coming to San Jose, and reminded Filipinos in the area that another team would be returning to the same venue on Sunday, November 2.

The Consulate-on-Wheels is a regular outreach service provided by the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco in coordination with the local communities in areas under its jurisdiction.

PHOTO: A client registers as an Overseas Voter with the Consulate's mobile registration team.

In support of overseas Filipinos’ right to vote in Philippine elections, the consular outreach teams will also be offering registration of overseas voters on all outreaches until October 2015. Any Filipino citizen who will be present in the Consulate’s areas of jurisdiction during the voting period of May 2016, and will be at least 18 years of age by May 9, 2016, is eligible to register as an overseas voter.

For inquiries on voting as an overseas Filipino, or to check your voter registration status, email!

For more information on upcoming Consulate-on-Wheels outreaches, or to search for a COW coming to your area, visit or follow the Consulate’s Facebook page on