Republic of the Philippines

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PHL Embassy's fourth mobile consular services for 2015 benefit hundreds of Filipinos in ChristChurch and adjacent areas in the South Island of New Zealand

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As the Philippine Embassy continues its mobile consular services for the fifth year for Filipinos in New Zealand, Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez led the Philippine Embassy Mobile Consular Team composed of Vice Consul Glenn Joseph Q. Obach, Ms. Ma. Victoria Reyes, Mr. Edgar Matibag, Ms. Mary Bel Garcia and Ms. Monette Garcia in conducting mobile consular services for the benefit of Filipinos in Christchurch and the surrounding areas of the South Island in New Zealand on 9-13 April 2015. Called “The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand: Serving with a Smile, Going the Extra Mile and Reaching Beyond Our Grasp” mobile consular services, 947 Filipinos from Christchurch, Ashburton, Rakaia, Rangiora, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Geraldine, Invercargill, Wanaka, Blenheim and surrounding areas in the South Island availed of e-passports processing, notarial documentation, reports of birth and marriage, dual citizenship and overseas voting registration services. This is the 41st mobile consular mission conducted by the Philippine Embassy since October 2011. To date, a total of 16,700 Filipinos comprising 40.6% of the 41,129 members of the Filipino community have benefitted from this first ever mobile consular service throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Cook Islands.

The Filipino community members in Christchurch and other parts of the South Island reiterated their deep gratitude to the Philippine Government through the Philippine Embassy for rendering the much needed and sought after consular services right where they are residing and working. Mr. and Mrs. Felix Dizon Jr., parents of the first passport applicant, 3-month-old Sean Charles, conveyed their appreciation to the Philippine Embassy for the “excellent” services. Several Filipinos also gave very positive and highly appreciative feedback to the Philippine Embassy for this continuing excellent and timely service which saves them a lot of money, time, days off and resources as it would have been extremely costly, inconvenient and difficult if they had to go all the way to Wellington. “Maasikaso (accommodating), helpful, convenient and organized,” were among the feedback given by the Filipinos.

The Philippine Embassy has always shared with the Filipino community the Philippine Government’s priority and concern for their welfare and well-being as the third major pillar of Philippine foreign policy. “In recognition of the vital roles and crucial contributions of the global Filipinos to nation-building in the Philippines and New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Cook Islands, the Philippine Embassy will continue to reach out to them through our mobile consular services and dialogue, demonstrate its caring and sharing spirit and bring the Embassy’s services closer to more than 41,000 Filipinos in these countries,” Ambassador Benavidez stated.

Ambassador Benavidez and the Embassy Mobile Consular Team reiterated their deep appreciation to Mr. Alfie Alojado Jr., Canterbury Philippines Assistance Group (CPAG), Mr. Johnatan Madera and Mr. Sam Bruzo for their vital support and exemplary cooperation that immensely contributed to a successful consular outreach mission in Christchurch.

The Embassy’s mobile consular team will be going to Auckland next to serve the Filipinos in the North Island on 14-18 May 2015. Details on this next consular mission have been uploaded at the Philippine Embassy website and Facebook at This email address

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