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30 January 2019

Consul General Renato Pedro Villa delivers remarks at the anti-human trafficking forum held at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, VA on 18 January 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The consular team of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. conducted its first consular mission for 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA on 18-20 January 2019.

Virginia Beach is a city 4 hours drive from Washington D.C. with a population of more than 26,600 of Filipino origin, many of whom are professionals as well as serving or retired US Navy personnel.

On the night of January 18, the consular team attended an anti-human trafficking forum at the Sandler Center, which was followed by a musical and eco-fashion show featuring the creations of Filipino designer Joseph Aloysius Montelibano. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the local anti-trafficking NGOs Virginia Beach Justice Initiative (VBJI) and Butterfly House.

Consul General Renato Villa and Atty. Darlene Pajarito, a Prosecutor at the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ), talked about civil society and the government’s key roles to combat trafficking and providing aid and succor to victims.

Atty. Pajarito, a recipient of the Trafficking in Person Hero Award from the US State Department in 2011, is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the American University in Washington, D.C.

The consular team rendered a total of 247 consular services during the 2-day consular outreach mission, including 183 new / renewal passport applications, 2 lost passport applications, 11 dual citizenship applications, 15 civil registration and 36 notarials and legalization.

Atty. Pajarito also provided individual legal advice and consultation to the consular applicants.

On the night of January 19, Consul General Villa also spoke at the 43rdInduction Ball of the United Ilocano Association of Tidewater (UIAT) and inducted the association’s elected officers for 2019-2020.

He cited the group’s contributions and service to Filipinos in the US and in Philippines through various humanitarian projects, shared key developments in the Philippines and in PH-US relations, encouraged Filipinos to exercise their right to vote in the May 2019 mid-term elections and reaffirmed the Embassy’s commitment to enhance its consular and ATN services under the leadership of Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez. ###

30 January 2019

Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito of the Philippine Department of Justice giving a comprehensive presentation on the Philippine efforts to combat trafficking in person and of the need to engage civil society and the community in such efforts during the eco-fashion and benefit gala for victims of human trafficking, on 18 January 2019 at the Sandler Arts Theater, in Virginia Beach, VA.

30 January 2019

The audience at the Sandler Theater in rapt attention during the human trafficking forum cum eco-fashion show. Aside from Prosecutor Pajarito, other speakers include Consul General Villa, Mayor Bobby Dyer of Virginia Beach, Patrick Mckenna of the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative, Char Miller of the Butterfly House and Naomi Estaris of Enjewel.

30 January 2019

Consul General Renato Villa leads the swearing-in ceremony of the new set of officers of the United Ilocano Association of Tidewater, Inc. (UIAT) on 19 January 2019 after the association’s 43rd Inaugural Dinner and Induction-Ball at the Philippine Cultural Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.