26 NOVEMBER 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. conducted back-to-back consular outreach missions in Tampa from 05 to 07 November, and Gainesville from 09 to 11 November.
The six-day outreach mission in Florida has the biggest turn out of passport and dual citizenship applicants since the resumption of the Embassy’s consular missions outside of Washington DC in 2021, following the suspension of such activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Embassy served 1,003 passport applicants and processed the re-acquisition of Filipino citizenship of 177 applicants.
This outreach mission was organized in cooperation with the Philippine Cultural Foundation Inc, (PCFI) led by PCFI Chair Lari Peterson in Tampa, and the Philippine American Alliance of North America (PAMANA) led by President Melody Angeles in Gainesville. Consul-General Iric Cruz Arribas also met with the leaders of the Filipino communities in Tampa and Gainesville to discuss various issues and concerns of the Filipino communities in those parts of Florida.