The Philippine Consulate General in Milan (Milan PCG) reported that it conducted its first mobile consular service (MCS) for the year 2018 on 3-4 March 2018 in Turin, Italy. The activity was held at the Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista Corso Vittorio Emanuele II No. 13. The eight-member MCS team, which was supervised and headed by Consul Mersole J. Mellejor.
Notwithstanding near frigid conditions, Filipinos still trooped to the venue. In total, the MCS team rendered a total of 486 consular services including 386 passport applications during the two-day activity. Representatives of POLO/OWWA Milan, as well as Pag-IBIG Fund and SSS joined service on Sunday, 4 March 2018.
In addition to consular services, the MCS Team also provided advice and counselling to Filipino nationals. The team also organized a showing of Filipino films during the two-day activity. This MCS in Turin last weekend is one of three (3) such activities programmed by Post in the Piemonte Valle d’ Aosta region and one of 18 for the year 2018 in Post’s jurisdiction outside of Milan in northern Italy based on the instructions from Consul Genera Marichu Mauro to bring Post’s services closer to Filipinos in Milan PCG’s jurisdiction.
The activity in Turin was organized in close collaboration with the Federation of Filipino Associations in Piemonte (FEDFAP) headed by its president Mario Pedrialva and the Filipino Chaplaincy in Turin.
While in Turin, Consul Mellejor had the opportunity to meet with the Philippine Honorary Consul in the Piemonte-Valle d’ Aosta region Avv. Maria Grazia Cavallo, other leaders of the Filipino community and officials of the Filipino Chaplaincy.