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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is proud to announce the promotion of Consul Reginald S. Bernabe to Foreign Service Officer, Class I.  Consul Bernabe’s appointment was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments, along with 26 other Foreign Service Officers, on 18 March 2015.

At the Consulate, Consul Bernabe previously handled the Cultural, Community and Public Information portfolio.  Today, he handles the political portfolio, on top of his responsibilities as Consul.  He also heads the Consulate’s Overseas Voters Registration team, which was given a target of 17,000 new registrants. This target has already been achieved seven months before the registration period ends.

Prior to the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, his foreign postings include Prague, Czech Republic as Attache, then Third Secretary and Vice Consul, and in Madrid, Spain, as Attache.

He entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Junior Protocol Officer, and served as Protocol Officer to then Secretary of Foreign Affairs Carlos P. Romulo.     Beginning from the DFA’s Office of Protocol, Consul Bernabe later on worked in various offices in the DFA such as the Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Affairs, the United National and International Organizations Office, Office of ASEAN Affairs.

He has also served in various organizing committees of most major international conferences and summits held in the Philippines since the early 1980s, such as the ASEAN Summit in Manila 1987, the ASEAN Summit in 2006, the year-long Philippine Hosting of APEC1996.  He has also been detailed twice as a Director  at the Office of Presidential Protocol.

He has helped organize and conduct many overseas Presidential Visits from the 1980s till the present.

He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.  Fluent in Spanish, he was awarded by the King and Queen of Spain with a certificate for successfully passing the Curso de Relaciones Internacionales by the Escuela Diplomatica in Madrid, Spain.  He also took a special course on German Language and Austrian Culture through a scholarship awarded by the Diplomatik Akademie in Vienna, Austria.

In 2007, he was awarded the Orden de Isabela la Catolica (Encomienda Comandante) by Spain, and the (Komandante) Orden de Lakandula by the Philippines.

Congratulations, Consul Reggie!  Your SFPCG family is proud of you!