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10/04/2015: SF PCG CONSULAR OUTREACH MISSION TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

The 9-members of the Consular Outreach Mission to Seattle together with the officials, members and volunteers of the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. (FCS) at the conclusion of the 3-day  outreach mission held at the FCS’ Community Center from March 20 to 22, 2015.

From March 20 to 22, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco conducted a consular outreach mission in Seattle, Washington,   the first of four (4)  planned outreach missions  by the Consulate General this year to Seattle,  and one of the eight (8) in  the  State of  Washington  to include  Tacoma, and for the first time year,  in Snohomish, Washington.

“ The increased  number of consular outreach missions that the Consulate General  is conducting not only in Seattle and Washington State is part of our desire to  reach out and extend services to many of our Kababayans in our 10-state jurisdiction Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. stated.

The outreach missions to Seattle is annually   organized in partnership with its local host, the Filipino Community of  Seattle Inc.   The 9-member Consular Outreach Mission headed by Consul Reginald Bernabe extended various consular services such as passport, notarials, civil registry, and dual citizenship. The team likewise conducted overseas voter registration as part of the ongoing overseas voter registration for the Philippine National elections in 2016.

Left and Middle Photos : Members of the San Francisco Philippine Consulate General Consular Outreach Mission at work processing consular documentations at the three-day mission at the Filipino Community of Seattle Center

Seattle and Washington State are areas under the Consulate General’s ten-state jurisdiction with a large Filipino population. The 2010 US Census indicates that there are 137,083 Filipinos in Washington State, and about 60,148 Filipino in King County  where Seattle is located,  which explains the large turnout in all outreach missions to Washington.

Left Photo :  Two members of the mission happily attend to  Overseas Voter Registrants. There were 450 registered during the outreach mission.  Right Photo :  Consul Reginald Bernabe, head of the 9-member mission is seen leading the Oath taking ceremony of some of the Dual Citizenship  Applicants.  97 people applied for Dual Citizenship, and all of those eligible as overseas voter registered.

On the successful conduct  of the outreach missions,  Consul General Bensurto underscored that “ the close cooperation,  the spirit of community and volunteerism of our local host organizers, partner community organizations, and  their volunteers are vital to the  success of our outreach missions, to them I wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude ”.

This Seattle outreach mission is the seventh of the thirty seven (37) outreach missions scheduled this year by the Consulate General.   For more information on the schedule of outreach missions of the Consulate General this year, please visit www.philippinessanfrancisco.org.