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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Consul General Calonge urges early filing of applications [/box]

The consular services to be rendered by a team of personnel from the Philippine consulate general’s office in Chicago when it comes to Michigan on Sept. 12, 2015 will include registration of overseas voters for the Philippine presidential elections in 2016.

The consulate’s outreach program, which is popularly called “Consulate on Wheels,” will be held in the social hall of the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield. Hosted by PACCM, the program will start at 8 a.m.

Christina D. Aquino, assistant to Consul General Generoso DG Calonge, said Filipinos qualified to register for the 2016 elections are Philippine citizens who are 18 years old and older.

The document needed for the registration, Aquino said, is a copy of the applicant’s Philippine passport if he/she is a Filipino citizen, and if he/she is a dual citizen, dual citizenship documents are needed.

Aquino said that Consul General Calonge is encouraging all applicants to send as soon as possible their application forms and the requirements to the Philippine Consulate General Chicago. They may also file their applications online.

She said that applicants who send their applications to Chicago as well as those who file online will be given priority during the “Consulate on Wheels” on Sept. 12. “Walk-in applicants will be accommodated after those who had sent their applications to Chicago or had filed their applications online are served,” she said.

“Consulate on Wheels” is hosted annually by PACCM as a public service. People applying for Philippine passports or renewal of passports or having their documents authenticated are spared the trouble of having to travel to Chicago to avail themselves of consular services.

Earlier, PACCM Treasurer Jeffrey Vedua was appointed by PACCM President Becky Tungol to chair a committee tasked to make preparations for the “Consulate on Wheels.” PACCM Board Director Billie Belen was appointed co-chairperson.

Tungol said the early announcement about the consular services is intended to give sufficient time to people, who will be availing themselves of the services. This will give them enough time to secure the required documents and send their application forms to Chicago or file on-line their applications.

During the “Consulate on Wheels,” consulate personnel will also accept and process applications for dual citizenship. They will also authenticate documents.

Tungol said that individuals intending to take advantage of the consular services are urged to visit the consulate’s website for information on application forms, requirements and deadlines or may call the consulate at telephone (312) 332-6458.