Filipinos renew passports

Some of the 144 Filipinos filing their forms for renewed passports with Consul Mark Francis Hamoy who works in Guam. They are seated in RRE’s conference room. Photo: Karen Earnshaw.

The Filipino Association of the Marshall Islands held its second passport event on the weekend at RRE Hotel from October 26 to 28 with 144 people applying for new passports. A number of these are dual citizens. 

To facilitate the passport process, the Association helped organize for four Filipino officials to come to Majuro from Guam: Consul Mark Francis Hamoy, Jermyn Julius Checa, Ma. Lisa Manarin, and Annabelle Oviedo-Lavarez who set up shop in the reception and the Kibedrikdrik Room. 

This is the second time that FAMI has organized the event, according to President Amelia Bellazo Timon. On hand to make sure all was going well was Honorary Consul to the Philippines Dr. Alex Pinano.

Filipino passports last for 10 years and Amelia expects that after the Guam team leaves with the forms and then sends them on to Manila, the applicants will receive their passports in six to eight weeks. 

Before leaving Consul Hanoy had a meeting with Chief Immigration Officer Damien Jacklick and staff to discuss issues related to enforceability of Immigration laws.

Read more of this story and related articles in the Marshall Islands Journal’s November 1, 2019 edition. Subscribe by going to the home page and clicking on the subscribe advertisement or go to PayPal and pay $57 using the editor’s email giff @ ntamar.net (no spaces).

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