PHRAE. In an effort to orient the Filipino community about the updated immigration laws in Thailand and unify the members of the organization to ensure their well-being in cases of emergency, the Upper Northern Thailand Filipino Community convened a forum with the Philippine Consulate Honorary Consul on Saturday, April 1, at Phoomthai Garden Hotel in Phrae province.
Speaking to the leaders of the community from the provinces of Chiangmai, Phrae, Lamphun, and Nan, Agkarajit Phanomvan Na Ayudhya, Honorary Consul of the Philippine Consulate in the Upper Northern Thailand, admonished the Filipino community to establish stronger ties with the key provincial offices.
” The Filipino community leaders should keep a cordial relationship with the Provincial Administrators, the Police, the Immigration, the Provincial Labor Office, the Provincial Trade Office and the Provincial Chamber of Commerce,” he said. “The success of a Filipino community leader is recognized when these offices start to contact community leaders for partnership in seminars or other events,” Phanomvan Na Ayudhya added.
In the forum, the Honorary Consul also encouraged the community leaders and members to take active roles in community projects, particularly in the provincial level. He went on to suggest to the Pinoy community to set up a Philippine Library that would benefit both the Filipinos and the locals.
Mr. Wattana Puttichat, Provincial Governor of Phrae, was also present in the forum. He was accompanied by the Deputy Director of the office of the governor, the president of Phrae Business Tourism Organization, the assistant director of Phrae Forestry School and a journalist.
After the forum, the participants paid the Provincial Governor a courtesy visit at his residence.
The Filipino Community of Phrae hosted the said forum. Mrs. Kristine Baynosa-Sitchon is the current leader of the organization in the province.