PH consulate in Barcelona closes

Posted at 08/02/2012 10:28 AM

BARCELONA, Spain – Filipino community leaders expressed disappointment with the closure of the Philippine consulate in Barcelona.

The consulate ceased its operations on July 31, as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) efforts to reallocate its resources to other countries where there is greater need.

"Naranasan po namin noon na walang konsulado dito. Lahat ng hirap, nagta-taxi kami papuntang Madrid, pabalik-balik kami kaya sana pakinggan mo po presidente ang aming boses dahil kailangan po namin ang serbisyo ng gubyerno dito bilang OFW hero,” said Isabel Adriatico.

Consul General Catalino Delim and other consulate officials will be transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Madrid. He, however, explained that a diplomatic staff will serve as an honorary consul in the area.

“I do hope that the DFA, including the president of the Philippines, could help us,” said another Pinay, Juliette Perez.

Delim assured Filipinos that consular services will not be affected with the closure of the Barcelona consulate.

“Sa galit ko masasabi ko na mag boycott tayo sa coming elections,” said Macrina Alcedo.

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center is also appealing to the Philippine government to take into consideration the welfare of Filipinos based in Barcelona. Report from Daniel Tuano, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau