Philippine Embassy in Bangkok Conducts Consular Outreach Program in Phuket; Holds 3rd Financial Literacy Seminar for Filipinos in Thailand

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7 November 2012- The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, in cooperation with the Association of Filipinos in Thailand-Southern Region Chapter, conducted a consular outreach program on October 27 for Filipinos in the island province of Phuket.

Bangkok_2During the outreach, the consular team accepted registrations for overseas absentee voting (OAV) in addition to processing passport applications and reports of civil registry records, legalizing documents, and issuing Embassy ID cards.

The team also held a Financial Literacy Seminar, the third to be conducted by the Embassy, for Filipinos in Thailand.

In her remarks at the start of the outreach program, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia expressed her pleasure to meet the Filipino community in Phuket for the very first time.

She commended them for their hard work and saluted them, and other Filipinos in Thailand, for contributing to Philippine economic development. She encouraged those who have not yet done so to register as overseas absentee voters, noting that this was a hard-won right that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should not fail to exercise.

She also informed the community of current and future public service projects of the Embassy such as the Financial Literacy Seminar and the Kapihan sa Pasuguan.

Kapihan is a  public forum through which the Embassy informs and engages the Filipino community on current political, economic and social issues in the Philippines.

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Embassy officials conducted the Financial Literacy Seminar using materials developed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The presentation was supplemented with some practical tips on investing one’s hard-earned money as an OFW and on planning for retirement. Officials stressed the value of “saving for the future,” but added that savings have to be converted into sound investments towards achieving financial freedom.

A community dialogue followed the financial learning seminar.

During the dialogue, Ambassador Batoon-Garcia and First Secretary and Consul Edgar Badajos, who was also part of the consular team, addressed the questions and concerns raised by some members of the Filipino community. END