By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – Philippine Consul General Ma. Theresa Dizon de Vega assured Filipinos in the East Coast of the consulate’s legal assistance at the time of adverse situations such as deportations. In a one-on-one interview with the new online TV show GetReel, De Vega said that the consulate is tapping the services of lawyers, paralegals, and immigration advocacy groups in order to be of service in anticipation of the intensified enforcement of immigration laws by Pres. Donald Trump.
New York is among the top cities in the US which is highly populated by Filipino immigrants and their families.
“We are here to provide service to our kababayan, so do not hesitate to call us or visit the Consulate,” said De Vega in the interview by segment host Marivir Montebon. The episode with Consul General De Vega will be aired on Sunday, January 29, 2017 7PM at www.getreeltv.us.
The newly-installed Consul-General also tackled improvements on the passport services at the Consulate where waiting times are now cut short, as well as the community outreach efforts of the De Vega’s office to areas which have not yet been reached, like New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
De Vega is a lawyer by profession, admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2000. She served as Consul General to London prior to her post in New York. De Vega finished her Bachelor of Arts in English (Cum Laude) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1989; Master of Arts in English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada in 1991; Juris Doctor (JD) at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1999; and a Graduate Diploma in China Business (DCBL – with Distinction) at the University of Hong Kong in 2005.
During a festive welcome party by community organizations in the East Coast last November 2016, De Vega vowed to tap the unorganized Filipinos in the East Coast in order to be of service and be part of the dynamic development of Filipinos.
“I would like for you to regard us as family, and not just a team,” she told Filipinos during the party.
There are 3.4 million Filipinos in the US (2010 US Census), the second largest Asian groups, next to the Chinese. Filipinos in America account for 19.7% of the Asian American population, 54% of the population are Filipino women.
Filipinos in the US account for the largest overseas Filipino workers. A research study by Peter Chua titled Ang Ating Kalagayan (Our Situation) estimates that there are 1 million undocumented Filipinos in the US, generally seeking to improve their economic lives in the Philippines through out-migration. (Featured image includes Consul General Ma. Theresa Dizon de Vega, 3rd from left, with #GetReel hosts Luis Pedron, Marivir Montebon, and Jeanette Marco)
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