PR - 4 - 2021
PH CONSUL GENERAL HOSTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING
Some of the participants at the Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by Consul General Zaldy Patron on 26 January 2021.
29 January 2021, Calgary – In an effort to inform the Filipino community about the activities of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary, Consul General Zaldy Patron hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on 26 January 2021.
About 30 participants from Filipino organizations and local media in Calgary, Edmonton, Airdrie, Lethbridge, Cochrane, Jasper, Fort McMurray and Grand Prairie in Alberta, and from Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan joined the meeting.
Consul General Patron shared with the participants the PCG’s major accomplishments in 2020 in terms of consular services as well as its cultural, economic and political diplomacy activities. He also mentioned the services of SSS-Calgary and POLO-Vancouver last year.
Consul General Patron explained how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the PCG’s consular services. The pandemic led to the PCG’s temporary closure to in-person applicants from 20 March to 31 May 2020, the cancellation of the consular outreach missions, and the reduction of the number of in-person applicants inside the PCG office following the public health measures set by the Alberta Health Services. Consul General Patron, however, shared that the PCG opened for two Saturdays each month from July to December 2020 to accommodate more in-person applicants. He also said that the PCG adopted a new passport online appointment system in October 2020.
Consul General Patron asked for the Filipino community’s continued support and cooperation for the PCG’s major plans for 2021.
He highlighted the PCG’s promotion this year of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs’ Fiesta Filipinas and the Calgary-based Binhi ng Lahi’s Sining Filipinas online lecture series. END.
PR- 31- 2020
PCG Calgary Launches New Passport Online Appointment System
24 October 2020, Calgary – The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary will launch a new passport Online Appointment System (OAS) on 25 October 2020 for passport bookings from 23 November 2020 onwards.
The PCG’s new OAS can be found at www.passport.gov.ph. It is the same system that the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila uses in scheduling passport appointments in the Philippines.
In the new OAS, applicants will have to encode their complete information before confirming their booking. Applicants will receive confirmation email with an auto-generated application form containing their personal details and a barcode unique to each applicant.
Applicants are required to bring the printed application form (with barcode) on the date and time of their appointment, along with the supporting documents, such as old passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, certificates of retention/re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, work permit, and permanent residency card. The supporting documents will depend on whether the applicant is an adult or a minor, and if the applicant is renewing or applying for a passport for the first time. These requirements are found at www.philcongencalgary.org.
The new OAS is free of charge and clients only need to pay for passport renewal fee when they arrive at the PCG on their appointment date.
“With the PCG’s new passport online appointment system, we will be able to process passport applications quicker than before, which we hope our passport applicants will find more convenient” Consul General Zaldy Patron said about the PCG’s new OAS.
Passport bookings for 20 November 2020 and earlier can still be made using the PCG’s existing Appointment Plus OAS which can be accessed from this link https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ykdcgsge/. This site will close on 21 November 2020. END