February 1 - 15, 2016
PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY
New consular office to open in Alberta
Filipinos in Alberta will have a
new Philippine Consulate open in
By end of February, the Department of Foreign Affairs will open
the new consular office in Calgary
to serve the more than 120,000 Filipinos in Alberta.
DFA Assistant Secretary Julius
Torres, who was appointed consul
general, will arrive in Calgary on
The new consular office will
serve Filipinos in the provinces of
Alberta and Saskatchewan, easing
up workload in consulates in Vancouver and Toronto, respectively,
The new consular office will be
the fourth Philippine post in Canada.
Until recently, government services
were being rendered by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa and the
two consulates in Vancouver and
Toronto. fully operational by March
offering services including passport
application and renewals, notarials,
document authentication, among
Torres said Calgary is home
to more than 40,000 Filipinos and
chosen to bolster relations with
commercial establishments, major
industries and other diplomatic offices.
Torres has 35 years in foreign
service experience starting in 1981.
He is currently serving as the DFA
assistant secretary for Middle East
and African Affairs.
In December, a team from DFA
led by Torres visited Calgary to find
a location for the new consul office.
Centre 10 building on 10th avenue
and 4th Street in southwest Calgary
is being eyed for office location.
The increase in the Filipino
population following an economic