Bangkok, 25 July 2001. The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok successfully launched its Saturday consular service on 23 July. This was the first time that the Embassy opened its consular section to the public on a Saturday.
Ambassador Linglingay F. Lacanlale said the Embassy decided to provide Saturday service in response to the clamor of some members of the Filipino community who cannot be absent or take a leave from their day-job during weekdays.
Simultaneously with opening the consular section for Saturday service, the Embassy introduced a consular orientation program for the public. The program aims to increase public awareness and better appreciation of the various consular services offered by the Embassy. The program consists of three parts. First is a presentation on the different types of services and the documentation required for each, the flow of work and the approximate time for each type of service. Second is actual observation of the consular section at work, and third is a group discussion on the participants’ feedback and observations.
The Embassy’s Saturday consular service will be held every third Saturday of the month. The next Saturday consular service will be on August 20. Members of the Filipino community who are interested to join the consular orientation program may register at the Philippine Embassy’s website (www.philembassy-bangkok.net). ■
Vice Consul Princess Tayao (second from left) briefs 4 members of the Filipino community in Thailand on the various consular services offered by the Embassy.
Vice Consul Tayao explains the process of authenticating documents.
Ms. Bernadette Dimaano explains the e-passport application process.
(photos taken by pmptb)