Philippine Embassy holds another consular outreach in Zürich
In line with the
Philippine Embassy in Berne’s efforts to reach out and enfranchise as
many Filipinos as possible for the coming mid-term Philippine elections
in May 2013, it conducted another consular outreach and overseas
absentee voting registration at the Jesus Our Hope Church in Zürich on
13 October 2012.
The outreach activity was opened with a short prayer led by Pastor
Ronald Duro of the Jesus Our Hope Church and a welcome message from
Ambassador Leslie Baja.
Addressing the Filipino community gathered at the venue, Ambassador
Baja thanked Ms. Rosie Sauter, Pag-Ibig representative in Switzerland,
and the members of Jesus is our Hope Church for coordinating and
hosting the event, and encouraged those present to register for
overseas absentee voting. He stressed that overseas Filipinos should
exercise their right of suffrage and partake in the decision-making
process in the Philippines. He added that it is through voting that
overseas Filipinos could contribute to the development of the
Philippine society and economy.
Milan-based Pag-Ibig Officer, Atty. Eduardo Labo, who was also invited
by the organizers, made a presentation on the benefits of the Pag-Ibig
program. He encouraged overseas Filipinos to enrol in the program, as
mandated by the Philippine government.
The consular outreach and registration for overseas absentee voting was
the second in canton Zürich for this year, following a successful
outreach held on 16 September.
One hundred and fifty-four people availed themselves of various
consular services, including passport application, renewal and
replacement of lost passport; authentication of documents; application
for the retention and reacquisition of Philippine citizenship; and
registration for overseas absentee voting.
The Philippine Embassy also convened a meeting with leaders of various
Filipino organizations in Northeastern Switzerland in the early evening
to discuss the preparations for the Philippine Independence Day
celebration for 2013.