By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, SEOUL

30 July 2022, Seoul - The Philippine Embassy conducted its third consular outreach mission for the year from 29 to 30 July 2022 in Gwangju, led by Consul General Romulo Victor Israel. The Embassy rendered nearly 313 services to members of the Filipino community, including e-passport applications, notarials, marriage solemnization, civil registration, oath-taking of dual citizenship applicants, assistance-to-nationals and other services. Representatives from PAG-IBIG, POLO, and OWWA, likewise joined the outreach and rendered a combined 76 services, including renewal of OWWA membership and OEC processing, contract verification, and opening of PAG-IBIG regular and MP2 accounts, among others.

Alongside the outreach, a series of seminars on various topics affecting Filipino nationals were undertaken by the Philippine Embassy team. Vice Consul Jill De Dumo-Cornista and ATN Officer Fatima Tabio discussed Assistance-to-Nationals services. Attached services representatives such as Welfare Officer Aniceta G. Deuna spoke on OWWA services while Defense and Armed Forces Attache Col. Enriqueto Deocadez, Jr., discussed contingency security situations and how to respond to extraordinary situations. Some aspects of the Korean criminal law system and practical tips for migrants' greater awareness and protection were presented by Gwangju Police Officer Lee Sang Min.

An appreciation ceremony for the volunteers from the Gwangju Jeonnam Philippine Community Center and the Gwangju Filipino Catholic Community was also held to conclude the outreach. The Philippine Embassy is expected to conduct its fourth consular outreach for the year in Jeju Island in the fall of 2022. END