Category: Consular Outreach

[Greater Dallas Region]-Consular Outreach Mission in Dallas!

Great News. We, the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles are hosting the Dallas Consular Outreach.

It will be held on 20-21 October 2018. Please read the details to submit your application and reserve your appointment. As always, space is limited and all documents must be submitted per instructions from the consulate.

Good luck and see you all soon.



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When is the Houston Consulate opening for service? Will there be more Consular Outreach in Dallas, RGV, San Antonio?


The Office of the Honorary Consul Ethel R. Mercado receives numerous inquiries about this subject every day since the re-opening of the Houston Consulate was announced. The best information we have on it that we are free to share is at best tentative. The core members of the consular officials have already arrived in Houston and are feverishly preparing all the logistics and permits needed to open the office, which is proving to be more exhaustive and time-consuming than anticipated, as every transaction big and small must be approved not only by the DFA but also by the U.S. State Department. So the initial plan for a soft opening in late summer could be delayed. As soon as we receive official word from the DFA and the new Consul General, we will quickly inform you through this very widely circulated PSA. The message from the new Consul General to the Texas community is to please bear with them and have patience, as all efforts are in earnest towards this end.

Meanwhile, in view of the delay in the opening of the Houston Consulate, the plans for Consular Outreach in Dallas, McAllen and maybe San Antonio which had been shelved may be revisited before the end of the year to help our kababayans who need the services urgently, and for sure in 2019 as needed. Texas is geographically bigger than California whose two consulates regularly organize a dozen Outreach projects a year in the outlying cities in their jurisdiction.

Even if the Consular Outreach is discontinued as expected, the organizers Honorary Consul Ethel Mercado and the project sponsors, the original Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce of Texas (PACC Texas in Houston, Dallas and McAllen) are very happy and proud of what they have accomplished – helped more than 30,000 Filipinos in Texas and neighboring states in the last 10 years and saved them the trouble and a total cost of $15 million by not having to travel to the L.A. Consulate to secure the consular services. Texas had been without its own consulate for 27 years. And the pro-bono services given by the Honorary Consul and the Consular Outreach program are not enough to meet the growing demands of a very fast growing Filipino community.

Until further notice and at least through 2019, the Honorary Consulate in Dallas headed by Hon. Consul Ethel Mercado will continue to grant emergency passports (travel documents) for those who have to go home urgently but with expired passports. It will also continue to process SPAs, Authentication documents, Reports of Birth and Marriage, and other consular documents. Call Consular Assistant Nelia Africa for appointment:  940-728-2222 or email The Dallas office is open 5 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Requests for emergency passports are usually processed on the same day.


Photo: Proud to be an“Honorary Texan”, Consul General Jerril Santos wears the traditional Stetson cowboy hat, Texas bolo tie and belt buckle.

Photo: The new Consul General with Honorary Consul General Ethel Mercado, the newly-arrived Consular Staff and the Officers of PACC Texas.


During the newly-appointed Consul General’s initial visit to Houston, he was welcomed by the Office of the Honorary Consul and the officers of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce which have assisted the Consulate with their consular services in Texas by sponsoring and managing the Consular Outreach for the last 10 years in Houston, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley. The affable Consul General Jerril Santos appreciated the warm welcome and looks forward to meeting with all the Filipino organizations in the State.

Until our next PSA bulletin, Mabuhay!  (Reactions to these articles may be sent to or Please also send an email if you want to opt out of our future PSA bulletins.)

Houston Consular Outreach February 24-25

The Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles has opened registration for the Houston Consular Outreach on February 24-25th. Please follow this link for details. Good luck and see you all February.


We also have a few business expo spots available for you to showcase your products and services. If you are interested in becoming a member and securing a booth at the Outreach, please send us an email at


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Houston Consular Outreach Announcement

Dear Friends of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas:

The next Philippine Consular Outreach Program & Business Expo will be held in Houston, Texas on November 11-12, 2017.

For those of you who are not familiar with this event, the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles comes to Houston to help Filipino Citizens renew their Philippine passports and process other consular services. PACC Texas conducts a Business Expo simultaneously with each Consular Outreach program.

We highly recommend that you complete the Appointment Scheduling Steps as soon as possible depending on the Consular Services you need. The limited appointment slots go quickly each time, so act now!

Registration opens 30 days prior to November 11th.

Please go to or…/consular-outreach-sc… to get the latest information.

#philippineamericanchamberofcommercetexas #pacctexas#communityservice #houstonoutreach #pcgla Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles

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Houston Consular Outreach July 22-23

Houston Consular Outreach July 22-23

We will be hosting another Houston Consular Outreach next week on July 22-23 thanks in part to the generous donations from our Business Expo Partners and from community donors like you.

Our venue again will be at the First Filipino American United Methodist Church led by Pastor Jerico D. Pagdilao. They are located at 8603 S. Kirkwood Road, Houston, Texas 77099.

Returning as our major sponsor is Filipino Cuisine. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. Their restaurant is located at 10950 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77099.

Also, returning as our community Business Expo Partners are:

One Philippines News Magazine/Bhong Zausa

News & Media

Star Kargo/Bhong Zausa

Shipping & Logistics

Sterling McCall Toyota/Bhong Zausa

Automotive Retail

Joy’s Boutique/Joy Hernandez

Clothing & Jewelry

Godo’s Bakery & Restaurant


Freedom Cargo/Joel Bamba

Shipping & Logistics

Global Cargo/Rafael Jong

Shipping & Logistics

Allstate Insurance/Jun Juguilon

Insurance, Investment & Retirement

World Financial Group/Melany Mariano

Insurance, Investment & Retirement


Our volunteers and board of directors will be on-site to assist you during your appointment and will be more than happy to provide more information on volunteering with the chamber or becoming a member.


If you are not a member of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. We look forward to working with you.




Rick Guinhawa

Greater Houston Region Chair

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Houston Consular Outreach 2017 April Results

A Successful Houston Consular Outreach

I would like to start by saying THANK YOU to the Philippine Consulate General – Los Angeles, to our volunteers, individuals and families that contributed their time and resources during the April Consular Outreach.

We are proud to announce that the contributions and donations received will help with the expenses for the next Consular Outreach currently scheduled for July 22-23.

Here are the final numbers tallied from the Consular Outreach in April. We served a total of 647 applicants from Houston and it’s surrounding cities.

Dual Citizenship: 103
Derivatives: 10
Passport Renewal: 383
Replacement of Lost Passport: 0
Amendment/Extension: 3
Travel Document: 0
Civil Registry: 26
Legalization of Documents: 30
Registration of Voters: 185

Approximate savings of $600.00 per person by not having to fly to Los Angeles.

-R/T Airfare $300/person
-Hotel $300 for 2 nights

Approximate time saved per person by not having to fly to Los Angeles = PRICELESS

We would not have been able to provide another successful consular outreach without the partnership of the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles led by Vice Consul Rainier J. Casis and his very efficient, hardworking and cheerful team.

Ms. Joy Limpin, Ms. Mari Santera, Mr. Fernan Balicoco, Mr. Nelson Maestrado, Mr. Heartchie Tamayo, Mr. Jerry Vicedor and Mr. Midaradat Mamad.

We also want to recognize the following corporate sponsors for their continued contribution in supporting the consular outreach in Houston.


1. First Filipino American United Methodist Church (

2. Pugon de Manila (
3. Godo’s Bakery & Restaurant (

Shipping & Logistics
4. Freedom Cargo (
5. Global Cargo

News & Media
6. TFC (
7. One Philippines (One Philippines News Texas)

Insurance, Investment & Retirement
8. Allstate Insurance – Jun Juguilon (

Copier Services & Supplies
9. George Lising

Health & Wellness Products
10. It Works! Beauty Products

Trade, Import and Export
11. FilCamerica Trade Services

Community Outreach
12. BPSOS-Houston, Inc. (

Photography Services
13. Guinhawa Photography (


If you are not a member of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. We look forward to working with you.




Rick Guinhawa

Greater Houston Region Chair

About the PACC-TX Consular Outreach

The Philippine Consular Outreach program is a public service mission of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce-Texas. This public service saves each applicant the high cost of traveling to Los Angeles, CA. to renew passports, apply for dual citizenship and other consular services being offered during the outreach. All workers are non-paid volunteers who sacrifice their time and resources to help facilitate this process. The chamber, with the assistance from the business expo vendors, and donors who received service pays for the costs of the venue and other operating expenses. The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce-Texas has been voted “Most Outstanding Fil-Am Organization in the U.S. for Community Service, Trade Promotion and Aid to the Philippines.”