Foreign Affairs opens 6th consular office in Iloilo-A A +A
Friday, February 21, 2014
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opened on Friday its sixth regional consular office at the Lingkod Pinoy Center in Robinsons Place Iloilo.
The consular office is now near the offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and satellite offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation, Technical Education and Development Authority, National Bureau of Investigation, PhilHealth, Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System.
The Owwa registered 187,971 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the region with Iloilo City posting 28,890 OFWs and the province of Iloilo with 28,890 OFWs in 2013.
The OFWs formed the bulk of passport-needing Filipinos in traveling abroad, followed by Filipino tourists who need consular services.
DFA and Robinsons Land Corp. earlier forged an agreement to have an office at the Robinsons malls in all regions and major cities in the country.
Other DFA regional consular offices are at Robinsons malls in Gensan, Robinsons Galleria, Bacolod City, Palawan and Dumaguete.
Soon to be opened are the DFA offices in Isabela, Novaliches, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa.
The Iloilo consular office is headed by Sheila Marie Tu as officer-in-charge.
DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis graced the opening on Friday with Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Governor Arthur D. Defensor.