The Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Consular Office in Bacolod City will have a new officer-in-charge as Reynaldo Cardenas will be re-assigned as assistant manager of the Philippine Center in New York.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Cardenas, who was the first officer of the DFA Regional Consular Office assigned in Bacolod, has performed very well.
Joel Blas from the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong, who will take his place, yesterday said he will continue the programs and services implemented by Cardenas.
Cardenas said his office was able to issue 11,600 passports from July to December 2008 and that the number issued by their office has increased from 90 per day in 2007 to about 160 per day in 2010.
About 25 percent of their clientele in Western Visayas come from Panay, he said. He added that there have been delays in the issuance of passports recently because of the large number of issuances and some machines bogged down because of the frequency of their use.
But, he said their operations will normalize probably during the peak season, towards December and advised the public to apply early so they will not encounter this problem.
Cardenas said that aside from the issuance of passports, one of the functions of the DFA is the promotion of culture.
As a lover of arts, he offered the ground floor of the DFA Office in September 2000 for the members of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros to display their artworks and had also invited them to exhibit in New York, he said.
As an honorary member of the AAB-Negros, he said he will help promote Bacolod and the local artists of Negros abroad.
Cardenas said the Philippine Center in New York exhibits Philippine products and Philippines arts and also holds other activities to help promote the country.
He said he had been assigned in New York twice, and had previously been assigned to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Blas, who is from Dumaguete, said he had worked with the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong for six years and was also assigned in Cebu before being assigned as regional assistant at the DFA-Bacolod.*CGS