The Philippine Consulate General in Guam started its four-day consular mobile services yesterday at the Daidai Social Hall of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa.
Consul Maria Paz G. Cortez said the first day went relatively well with a total 158 people claiming their passports, 42 requesting for notarial and civil registry services, and 93 applying for e-passports.
She attributed the smooth process this time to the pre-appointment system they installed prior to the third consular mobile services on Saipan.
Cortez said people were also very understanding and cooperative, while volunteers from the United Filipino Organization, led by its president Annamae Adaza, were a big help.
She thanked the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and its apostolic administrator, Fr. Ryan Jimenez, for allowing them to use the Daidai Social Hall.
Of the 150 walk-in slots for e-passport, only 24 remain so Cortez is encouraging those who want to renew their passports to come to the Daidai Social Hall as the service is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cortez’s team for the Oct. 7-10 outreach is made up of passport officer Francisco Magno, assistant passport officer Emmanuel Garcia, notarial services’ Ivy Tengco and Margie Morales, and cashier Fides Sang-Ollay.
For the first time ever, this quarter’s consular mobile services is also offering application and renewal for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration membership.
UFO president Adaza estimates that some 400 either applied or renewed their OWWA memberships on Day 1.
Since the closure of the Philippine Consulate General in October last year, Filipino contract workers in the CNMI didn’t have the opportunity to renew their OWWA memberships.
The consular mobile services continue today, Oct. 8, until Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9am to 5pm at the Daidai Social Hall.
For questions or clarifications regarding the mobile consular outreach, call the consulate general at its toll free number, 682-2222.