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With seven months to go in the overseas voting registration period, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco already recorded a 50% increase in the number of new registrants, compared to the registration campaign in 2012-2013. By the third week of March 2015, 17,009 new overseas voters were registered, compared to a total of 11,308 new registrants in 2012-2013.

“We are very pleased with the huge turnout, which indicates the growing interest of the members of the Filipino community in playing an active role in the Philippine electoral process,” Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. said.

The Consulate surpassed the 17,000 target set during a COMELEC-convened Overseas Voting registration workshop held in April last year. This is the highest recorded number of overseas voter registrants by the Consulate General since it first conducted the Overseas Absentee Registration in 2003.

Left  Photos :  OV registration applicants at the Philippine Consulate General’s Consular waiting hall await their turn to register at the first day (May 6, 2014)  of  the Overseas Voter registration period (May 2014-Oct 2015) for the National elections on May 2016. Right  Photo:  Picture taken during  a typical scene  during a huge turnout of  applicants waiting to be processed by  either one of the two VRM (voter registration machine)  operators at the   Consulate General’s  Consular waiting hall.

“We are proud of our kababayans in our ten-state jurisdiction. As of February 2015, the Consulate is 6th among all Foreign Service Posts worldwide in terms of number of overseas voter registrants. This has inspired us to further expand our registration services to as many members of the community, so they are empowered to chart the future of our country. I therefore call on our kababayans to visit us at the Consulate or our Consular Outreach missions and register for the 2016 Presidential elections,” Consul General Bensurto added.

Overseas Voter Registration is conducted not only at the Philippine Consulate General but likewise during  special events such as  (Left photo) –  at the Philippine Independence Day Festival at Union Square, San Francisco  and  at  the Consular Outreach Missions such as those in held in  Alaska.  (Right photo)  a 90 year old lady from Anchorage registering as an Overseas Voter.

Overseas voting registration began on May 6, 2015 and will end on October 31, 2015.  It is conducted during business hours at the Philippine Consulate General and also during the Consulate General’s more than 30 Consular Outreach missions to cities and counties under its 10-state jurisdiction.