Philippines Dubai consulate is `not fully operational'

DUBAI -The new Consulate General in Dubai will not be fully operational until procedures are complied with, particularly the "exequatur", or authorisation by the host government, for the consul-general to perform his official functions at the consulate general.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Thu 8 Apr 2004, 10:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:58 PM

"We have opened the consulate general in Dubai and we have named and nominated Generoso Calonge as the consul-general. We have requested for his acceptance, and he will now be overseeing the operations of the consulate general. However, procedures have to be in place, and that involves the exequatur," Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Libran Cabactulan told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.

Exequatur is the letter patent, issued by the foreign office and signed by a sovereign, which guarantees to a foreign consul the rights and privileges of his office, and ensures his recognition in the state in which he is appointed to exercise them. If the commission does not appoint a consul he receives no exequatur.

Mr Cabactulan said that he expected the consulate to be operational within a month, before the May 10 Philippine national elections. "My estimate is that it will be within a month that we will have this exequatur. There would be some shifting of embassy personnel from Abu Dhabi and in Manila. I'm glad it is officially opened by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo-Albert, and under the direction of Consul-General Calonge, consular services will be regularised," he said.

Mr Calonge, in an interview with Khaleej Times during the opening of the consulate, said: "I've been hearing about my appointement unofficially, and it was only now that I got a formal announcement."

The new Consulate General will cater to the consular needs of Filipino nationals in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Dubai is home to an estimated 60,559 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). In the Northern Emirates, there are 21,600 Filipinos in Sharjah, 4,300 in Ajman, 3,200 in Umm Al Quwain, 5,400 in Ras Al Khaimah and 7,500 in Fujairah. Filipino nationals earlier availed of the services

He added, "The consular team from Abu Dhabi will still be travelling all the way to Dubai to conduct consular services every Thursday."



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