Calgary, Alberta–Migrante Alberta commends the Coalition to Open a Consular Office in Alberta for a fruitful meeting with newly installed Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer over the weekend.
Migrante Alberta, along with various Filipino-oriented support groups, received confirmation from the RP official that his office had sent recommendations to the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines to open an Alberta‐based consular office. Ferrer said following budget deliberations and approval, the office will likely open up in 2015.
Alberta is home to over 100,000 Filipinos, including permanent residents and temporary foreign workers. While there is a growing number of Filipinos in the province, the PH Consulate based in Vancouver cannot address the growing demands of Filipinos that needed its services. The BC based consular office alone serves approximately 200,000 to 250,000 Filipinos in Western Canada alone, including Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.