TWENTY five years after it closed, the Department of Foreign Affairs is reopening the Philippine Consulate General in Houston to allow it to serve the growing consular needs of the Filipino Community in the south central United States.
“The reopening of our Consulate General in Houston is consistent with the priorities laid down by President Duterte for us to bring our services closer to Filipinos overseas,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.
“Through our Consulate General, we will endeavor to serve all Filipinos living on this side of the United States,” Secretary Cayetano.
The Consulate General, which was closed in September 1993, will reopen its doors on 24 September 2018. It is expected to serve some 179,000 Filipinos in the states under its jurisdiction, namely, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“The reopening of the Consulate General is in response to the growing needs of Filipinos in South Central US and the strong clamor of the Filipino community there,” Consul General Jerrill Santos said.
Upon its reopening, the Consulate General will offer civil registry services such as Reports of Birth, Marriage and Death, notarial services, affidavits certification, issuance of travel documents and fingerprinting for National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearances.
Passport processing, visas, authentication services and dual citizenship services will be made available in the coming days.
The Consulate General will also provide assistance to distressed Filipino nationals, promote Philippine culture, and strengthen economic ties between the Philippines and the South Central US.
The Consulate General is temporarily housed at 9990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 270N, Houston, Texas, and will move into Suite 100N at the same building by the end of the year.
It can be contacted at +1 (832) 668 5139 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.