Fil-Ams Benefit
DUAL CITIZENS. New dual citizens take their oath during the ‘Consulate on Wheels’ outreach activity conducted by personnel of the Chicago-based Philippine Consulate last Sept. 12 at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield. Philippine Consul General Generoso DG Calonge (right) witnesses the oath-taking rites. (Photo by Richard Talaban)

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An outreach program conducted by the Chicago-based Philippine Consulate last Sept. 12 in Michigan served 322 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans, it was learned.

The outreach activity, dubbed “Consulate on Wheels,” was conducted by consulate personnel led by Philippine Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge.

Hosted by the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), Consulate on Wheels saved Filipinos in Michigan from the trouble of having to travel to Chicago to avail themselves of consular services.

It was held in the social hall of the PACCM building in Southfield.

Members of the board of directors of PACCM led by president Becky Tungol assisted the consulate personnel in the processing of applications for Philippine passports, applications for renewal of passports, applications for dual citizenship and authentication of documents.   

PACCM Treasurer Jeff Vedua, chairman of a committee tasked to make preparations for the outreach activity, reported that 233 people applied for Philippine passports and renewal of passports; 40 applied for dual citizenship; and 49 availed themselves of authentication services.

During a brief program held during the event, Philippine Honorary Consul Jose Evangelista cited the benefits of dual citizenship.

Evangelista told the crowd that dual citizens can participate in Philippine elections and can own properties in the Philippines. He said they can travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and China without having to undergo strict examination of their passports.

Dual citizens who are 60 years old and older are also given senior’s discount, he also said.

Evangelista explained that dual citizens are not taxed by the Philippine government if they do not have income in the Philippines.