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Communities - RP Government Updates
Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:03

A team from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will be conducting a Consular Outreach Program in two major cities in Texas next month. This will be in addition to Outreach Programs in San Diego (California) on February 7th, Las Vegas (Nevada) on February 14th and 15th and Phoenix (Arizona) on February 28th.

 

The schedules in Texas are as follows:

 

* Houston, TX on 12-13 March 2009 at the International Food Court located at Beechnut corner Beltway 8.  Service hours will be from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

 

* Dallas, TX on 15-16 March 2009 at the Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950-B South Valley Parkway, Lewisville.  Service hours will be from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on 15 March 2009 and from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on 16 March 2009. 

 

*** Reminders for the other Outreach Programs in February 2009:

 

* The Consular Outreach Program will be held in the City of San Diego, CA, on 7 February 2009 and every first Saturday of every month. To view the details, including the venue, please click on this hyperlink:

 

http://www.philippineconsulatela.org/PRs%202009/02PR-San%20Diego%20Outreach%20on%207%20February%202009.pdf

 

* The Consular Outreach Program will be held in the City of Las Vegas, NV, on 14 and 15 February 2009. To view the details, including the venue, please click on this hyperlink:

 

http://www.philippineconsulatela.org/PRs%202009/03PR-Las%20Vegas%20Outreach%20on%2014-15%20February%202009.pdf

 

* The Consular Outreach Program will be held in the City of Phoenix, AZ, on 28 February 2009. To view the details, including the venue, please click on this hyperlink:

 

http://www.philippineconsulatela.org/PRs%202009/05PR-Phoenix%20Outreach%20on%2028%20February%202009.pdf

 

T hese consular outreach programs are being undertaken in cooperation with the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Texas (PACCTexas) and the Filipino American Council of South Texas (FACOST).

 

The following consular services will be rendered:

 

* Applications for Machine Readable Passport (Cost: $50), to be returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6.

* Applications for the retention and re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship pursuant to Republic Act 9225 or Dual Citizenship Law (Cost: $50).  Oath-taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants.

* Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) Registration. (Gratis)

 

The Consulate will only accept payments in cash, postal money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted.

 

Please note that these consular outreach programs will not accept application for authentication and notarization of documents since these could be filed with the Consulate by mail.

 

Application forms and requirements can be downloaded from the Consulate’s website at www.philippineconsulatela.org.

 

In view of the anticipated high volume of applicants and in order to ensure an orderly flow of operations, this Consular outreach shall be guided by the following:

 

STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  No walk-in applicants will be entertained.

 

All Applicants for any of the above consular services are requested to set up an appointment with the Consulate, not later than 6 March 2009, either through fax (213) 639-0990 or through email at consular.outreach.tx@gmail.com.

 

All Passport Applicants should send an advance copy of their passport application forms and data page (bearing the name and photo) of their passports to the Consulate either by fax or by email. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

 

Dual Citizenship Applicants should send an advance copy of their application forms and supporting documents. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

 

OAV Registrants should also send an advance copy of their application forms and supporting documents.  Incomplete forms will not be processed.

 

Names of all applicants with pre-processed applications will be posted at the Consulate’s website (www.philippineconsulatela.org) by 6 March 2009.  Personal appearance is required for all applicants.

 

All applicants are advised to transact their business directly with Consulate officials and not through travel agencies. 

 

Private photographers, who are knowledgeable of the photo requirements for the MRP, will be present at the venue during the Consular Outreach for those who will need photos for passport renewal.

 

For general information, interested parties may wish to call or email the following:

 

Vice Consul Charmaine Serna-Chua (Tel: 1-213-637-3004 | E-mail: consular.outreach.tx@gmail.com) of the Consulate; or,

Ms. Ethel Mercado, President, PACCTexas (Tel: 1-940-728-2222 | E-mail: outreachdallas@pacctexas.org) for Dallas; or,

Ms. Tess Tuazon, President, FACOST & BOD PACCTexas (Tel: 1-713-787-1938 | outreachhouston@pacctexas.org) for Houston.

 

For the information of the public, the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the U.S. started to accept and to process applications for Machine Readable Passports (MRP) on June 2, 2008. This is in compliance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its member states, including the Philippines, to issue MRPs not later than 1 April 2010.

 

Since applications are sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila via diplomatic pouch, it may take six weeks for a passport to be released to the applicants, from the time the application is accepted. Personal appearance is required for data verification, finger-printing and signature capture.  Applications by mail are no longer accepted.

 

In compliance with the new photo requirements for the MRP, applicants are requested to visit the Consulate’s website (www.philippineconsulatela.org).

 

While some countries may still honor valid green Philippine passports beyond 1 April 2010 as bona fide travel documents until they expire, most countries will require travelers to be holders of either machine readable passports or e-passport for their sojourn by 2010. 

 

In this regard, all Philippine passport holders are advised to renew their Philippine passport six months prior to its expiration, in accordance with ICAO regulations, and to secure their plane tickets only after they have received their new passport.

 

All Filipinos, including those with valid green passports, are therefore encouraged to apply for their machine readable passports as early as possible.  # # #

 



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