July 27, 2011

Pinoys in Manitoba, Canada Want Philippine Consulate in Winnipeg

There used to be a Philippine Consulate in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But due to Philippine Government's cost-cutting measure, and that there wasn't enough number of Filipino immigrants in the province to justify its existence, the consulate office was closed.

But there is an increasing demand for a Philippine Consulate in Manitoba.

Frustration levels were high as more than a thousand Filipinos waited in line to avail of the recent outreach services provided by the Toronto Philippine Consulate at the Canad Inns Garden City in Winnipeg.

Despite lining up as early as dawn on Saturday, July 9, some people wait many hours to renew Philippine passports or to process Special Power of Attorney (SPA) documents. Some were processed within five hours while some who arrived around 9:00 a.m. were still waiting at 10:30 that night. [Source: Filipino Express News Magazine]

Pilipino Express News Magazine is published by The Pilipino Express Inc., a Manitoba-based company that was incorporated in 2005. It is catering to the communication needs of the growing Filipino-Canadian community, not only in Manitoba, but also in other Canadian provinces.