CHICAGO 23 May 2023 – Commissioner Socorro B. Inting of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) encouraged Filipinos in Michigan to register as overseas voters. This happened during the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago’s one-day consular outreach mission and Overseas Voting (OV) field registration on 20 May 2023 held at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), 17356 Northland Park Ct, Southfield, MI 48075.
Commissioner Inting, who was in Michigan to observe the conduct of the Consulate General’s OV field registration, spoke with dual citizenship applicants before their oath-taking to stress the importance of participating in the electoral processes in the Philippines. She strongly urged the applicants to register as overseas voters after their oath so that they may vote in the coming election cycle. She added that the Philippines will continue to fund OV activities to reach out to as many eligible voters overseas to enable them to cast their votes during the 2025 National Elections.
During the activity, the Consulate General’s team, led by Consul Melvin C. Almonguera, processed 71 Overseas Voting (OV) Registration applications. In addition, the team also provided a total of 156 passport, dual-citizenship and other services to consular clients residing in Michigan and other nearby states. Those who availed of the consular and OV services during the event expressed their appreciation, since this meant that they no longer have to drive for six (06) hours to the Consulate General in Chicago. The opportunity to register as overseas voters was also a welcome bonus.
A highlight of the outreach was the attendance of Mrs. Felicidad Santos who is 100 years old. The centenarian took the opportunity of the Consulate General’s presence in Michigan to take her oath for dual citizenship. Mrs. Santos gamely agreed to pose for a picture with Consul Almonguera along with other brand new dual citizens.
The Consulate General conducted the event in partnership with the officers and members of the PACCM. Headed by its president, Ms. Rebecca Tungol, the organization assisted the team by providing promotional and logistical support. Outreach missions are regularly held to bring the Consulate’s consular services closer to Filipino and Filipino-American communities in US Midwestern states, outside of Illinois, under the Consulate’s jurisdiction.
For updates on consular outreach activities, Filipino and Filipino-American communities in the Midwest may visit the Consulate’s official website to (www.chicagopcg.com) and its Facebook page to (@PHinCHICAGO). OV Registration at the Consulate is ongoing and will run until 30 September 2024. END