2008, the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago continued to provide
consular services and assistance to Filipinos
in the Midwest, USA.
Almost six years since she visited the City of Chicago in February
2002, Her Excellency, President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned for a brief one-day
visit on 11 November 2008 and the Consulate took care of the
preparation for the Presidential
Visit, with support from the Offices of the Philippine Trade
Representative and the Department of Tourism in Chicago.
In preparation for the 2010
National Elections and the registration
of Filipinos abroad from 01 February to 31 August 2009, the
Consulate participated in the Overseas
Absentee Voting Continuing Registration Training Program in San
Francisco, sponsored by the COMELEC and the DFA Overseas Absentee
Voting Secretariat, and hosted by the Philippine Consulate General in
The Consulate has continued to implement the provisions of Republic Act No. 9225 or the Dual Citizenship Law that allows former
natural born Filipino citizens to reacquire their Philippine
The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Chicago (PTIC)-Chicago
continued, together with the Consulate, its aggressive promotion of
Philippine exports and US Midwest investments while further
strengthening its business promotion infrastructure and commercial
intelligence activities on priority sectors.
In coordination with the Philippine Department of Tourism-Chicago (PDOTCHI),
the Consulate continued to promote the Philippines as a tourist
destination. Among the notable tourist promotion activities are the
WOW Philippines Tour and the 4th Ambassadorís, Consuls
General and Tourism Directors Tour which was participated in by a
number of Filipino Americans from the Midwest and the other states in
The Consulate vigorously continued its campaign with Filipino American
community leaders and U.S. lawmakers within its jurisdiction for the
passage of the Filipino Veterans
Equity Bill (S1315).
In the Assistance to Filipino Nationals (ATN), the Consulate rendered
assistance to one hundred fifty
five (155) Filipino nationals involved in various cases.
The Consulate has likewise answered e-mail
and telephone queries on consular and ATN services such as free
legal assistance and police and immigration assistance, etc.
During the year, the Consulate assisted 15
medical missions, coordinated with the Commission on Filipinos
Overseas (CFO) on assistance to be given to medical mission groups,
and set up informal meetings with medical mission leaders to discuss
matters related to the medical missions in the Philippines.
The highlights of the Consulateís cultural activities were the Flores de Mayo Exhibit featuring a Filipino designer at the
Consulateís Social Hall, the Chicago
City Mayorís Reception for the Filipino American Community on
the occasion of Philippine Independence Day celebration in June 2008,
and the Philippine Independence Day celebrations - a two-week
celebration by various Filipino American organizations.
The Consulate also led the Filipino American community in the
Flag Raising at the Daley Plaza (in front of the Chicago City Hall)
and hosted a Philippine Independence Day Reception for members of the
Chicago Consular Corps and government officials.
The Consulateís consular officials led by the Consul General
continued to visit the offices of U.S. lawmakers to invite their
membership to the Philippine-U.S. Friendship Caucus.
To better serve the Filipinos in the Midwest, the Consulate conducted
during the year community outreach services in Michigan, Wisconsin,
Ohio and Minnesota. Passport,
visa, legal and other consular services were extended to the Filipinos
during the outreach services in the said states.
In 2008, the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Detroit has started serving the Filipinos in the State of Michigan.
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