The Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam, encourages Filipino citizens to take into account the expiration of their passports and set a schedule for an appointment to have them renewed eight months in advance.
For those in the CNMI, that would mean keeping in mind that the process of renewing a Philippine passport may take up to eight months and must be done well in advance of the scheduled consular outreach of the Guam consulate to the CNMI.
In its latest foray to Saipan, the Philippine Consulate General conducted an outreach mission at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center since Friday last week up until yesterday.
The mission accommodated over 600 registered participants.
According to Philippine consul Mark Hamoy, this mission is a continuation of their regular consular duties to the Northern Mariana Islands and focused mainly on the renewal of passports and registration for the 2019 election.
In the past four days, the outreach program accommodated an average of 120 individuals per days and registered over 100 voters, Hamoy said.
Filipino citizens who are interested in voting in the 2019 election must register during the consular outreach ].
Hamoy also reminds Filipino citizens to check the expiration on their passports and plan ahead so that they can catch the consular outreach missions when they are here on island.
According to Hamoy, there is one more consular outreach for 2018, set for November. A date is still in the works but the consulate general will notify the Northern Marianas as soon as a date is set.