PHITSANULOK, Thailand. A mobile consular team of the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok successfully rendered a one-day consular outreach mission in Phitsanulok, Thailand on Saturday, August 2, 2017.
Filipinos residing in Phitsanulok and its nearby provinces such as Pichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Uttaradit availed themselves of the different services provided by the consular team headed by Ms. Anna Marie C. Santos, Third Secretary and Vice Consul and Alternative Permanent Representative to UNESCAP.
Held at Rhuean Phae Hotel, the outreach team processed different transactions comprising passport renewal/applications, passport claims and release, civil registration (reports of births and marriages), notarial services, issuing of Embassy Identification Cards, and Overseas Voting Registration for the 2019 Senatorial Elections.
“I am glad that the embassy has come to Phitsanulok to cater to our consular needs,” said Mr. Art Lunaria, the current president of P’lok Pinoyz, the Filipino organization in Phitsanulok province. “Their coming here in our province does not only save us time but more importantly, it saves us money,” he added.
Addressing to the Filipinos present at the opening program, Vice Consul Santos thanked the officers of P’lok Pinoyz for their active coordination with the embassy to realize the consular mission. “This is not my first time in Phitsanulok as I’ve been here back in 2013 for a consular outreach and I’m glad to see familiar faces,” she said.
The Consul further commended the P’lok Pinoyz community for “having the same sense of camaraderie and unity” which she witnessed the first time she came to Phitsanulok.
Miss Santos also answered several questions pertaining to OFW issues including DOLE, OWWA and OFW ID during the open forum segment right after the opening ceremonies.
The Vice Consul also underscored the strong diplomatic ties between The Philippines and Thailand highlighting the long years of standing friendship and cooperation between the two countries. In the same presentation, Miss Santos also emphasized the country’s significant role in ASEAN being the chairman of ASEAN 2017.
The consular mission which was originally scheduled from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. was extended until 7:30 in the evening to give way to the Seventh Day Adventists brethren.
With Vice Consul Santos, also part of the consular six-men team were Mrs. Edith Carbonell Malililin, Attache (Cultural); Mrs. Melita J. Villanueva, Attache (Property); Mr. Neal Orara Amurao, Attache (ATN); Ms. Michelle Aguinaldo Espiritu, Attache (Multilateral); and Mrs.Leilani U. Sazon, Attache.
As parting words, Vice Consul Anna Marie C. Santos expressed her thanks to the volunteers and the P’lok Pinoyz Council headed by Mr. Art Lunaria for the help they extended. “We had a smooth and well-facilitated consular outreach,” she said.