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Filipinos in America

Posted 05/15/2010
(Page 1 of 5)

Bad news for Philippine passport applicants in Florida

Philippine passport applicants in Florida serviced by the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Fort Lauderdale, must now fly or drive to Washington D.C. for service.
“I want to make sure that our government is always within the reach of Filipinos in America,” said Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her visit to Washington D.C. on May 18, 2003.

On that day the President declared three honorary consulates will be established in the US to assist in promoting the welfare of the Philippines and Filipinos in America and bring the government closer to Filipinos. To begin with, the President announced the appointment of Angelo S. Macatangay, M.D. as Honorary Consul for Miami in South Florida. The Philippine Honorary Consulate's (PHC) office provides visa services,
performs notarization services, extending assistance, and promoting the welfare of Filipino nationals in its jurisdiction.


Filipinos in Florida strongly supported and availed of the PHC's services because of its convenience, availability, and cost-effectiveness.

Among the major beneficiaries of PHC services were Filipino passport applicants.

Working in conjunction with the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. (WDCPE) the PHC volunteered to notarize the signatures on passport applications from applicants who personally appeared before the Honorary Consul. The idea, borne out of voluminous requests from Filipinos in Florida, was approved by the Philippine Embassy. The PHC also notarizes authentications, powers of attorneys and other similar documents.

“Filipinos cheered upon learning they do not have to fly or drive to Washington D.C. to make a personal appearance when renewing or applying for passports,” said Philippine Honorary Consul General Angelo S. Macatangay. “Since we were already performing notarial services for authentications, certificates, and other documents it was no problem at all. It meant so much to the Filipinos in Florida, it's a good thing.”

Sooner than later however, Filipinos were about to find out that good things don't last forever.

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