GERMANY – A consular outreach program was held in Essen to cater to the needs of many Filipinos who have been affected by the closure of the Philippine Embassy in Frankfurt .
Many Filipinos said the closure of the post meant additional expenses for them as they would have to pay for transportation just to visit the embassy in Berlin .
“Napakalaking gastos para sa aming Pilipino kung pupunta pa doon,” said Gloria Guido.
Another Filipino commented that the additional costs also include the rent for a room because one day is not enough to get things done in Berlin .
“Kung pupunta ka doon, anong oras lang ang office nila tapos di ka naman makakabalik,” said Filipino Gemma Ploch.
Aside from the consular services, the outreach also paved the way for Filipinos to register for the overseas absentee voting.
“Matagal na po natin itong pina-plano para yung mga kailangang mag passport at mag rehistro ng OAV di na kailangang magpunta sa Berlin ,” said Mardomel Melicor of the embassy.
The mobile team was able to register 65 overseas absentee voters, process 78 e-passport applications, and provide 11 other consular services. Report from Ver Cuizon, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau