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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.

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