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Philippine workers welfare agency may send representative to NMI in November; consular outreach starts today

HONORARY Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago on Sunday said his office has asked the Philippine Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA to send a representative to Saipan in November.

Eli Arago

Many Filipino workers in the CNMI want to renew their OWWA membership or are interested in joining it. OWWA membership has to be renewed every two years.

“So we are working to have a OWWA representative come to Saipan during the consular outreach mission later this year,” Arago said.

OWWA is a Philippine government agency tasked to develop and implement welfare programs and services that respond to the needs of its members, who are overseas Filipino workers, and their families.

Consular outreach

Arago is again reminding Filipino workers to be mindful of the expiration date of their Philippine ePassport.

He noted the recurring problem with holders of expiring passports who request for an extension during a consular outreach.

The three-day consular outreach mission on Saipan will start today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, and end on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Sun Palace Hotel in Susupe. The outreach hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arago said the biometric and personal data capturing for ePassport applications will be based on the schedule posted on the Facebook page of the Philippine Consulate General to Guam.

In a statement, the consulate general said ePassport applicants must show up at the venue on the date and time indicated in the schedule, and they should wear proper attire, meaning a collar and sleeves.

During the consular outreach, the consular team will accept documents from the Philippine Statistics Authority or from the former National Statistic Office for passport renewals, which may require civil registration documents such as a birth certificate or a marriage certificate.

For more information, call 233-6293 and ask for Mel Santos or email