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By Marivir R. Montebon
Here are practical tips in doing swift and efficient business at the Philippine Consulate of New York. These were gathered at the launch of the ConGen Press Hour with the Fil-Am Press Club of New York on March 12, 2015 at the Philippine Center with Consul General to New York Ambassador Mario de Leon Jr. and his consular staff. The press briefing will be held once every month.
Aside from tackling current issues on politics and economics, this information comes in handy for Filipinos in the New England area.
1. Pick up your electronic passports preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays because Mondays and Fridays are usually long days. Everybody seems to transact things on the first and last days of the week. Be different.
If someone else has to pick up the Passport for you, write an authorization letter for the designated person with your and his/her corresponding identification papers and your old passport as well.
2. Be a dual citizen. Dual citizenship means reacquiring one’s natural citizenship, and not being disloyal to the United States, hence it is encouraged. Its benefits include being able to own property in the Philippines, engage in business, practice one’s profession, travel, and vote.
3. Go to the Philippine Consulate General of New York (PCGNY) to change clerical errors of birth certificates and other pertinent documents. You don’t have to go to the National Statistics Office in Manila for that. It saves you time and money.
4. You can also go to the PCGNY to authenticate special powers of attorney, certificates of birth and death, and other documents.
5. Check out the calendar of the PCGNY, which covers 10 states in the East Coast, for its scheduled 15 outreach services for the whole year to be able to express the concerns you have in your localities. These states are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
6. Call or email the PCGNY for your concerns. Visit the website too on http://newyorkpcg.org
If that doesn’t work fast enough, you can go to the private message box on Facebook to chat with a friendly Consular officer.