22 March 2016 – The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver conducted its first consular outreach in Fort St. John in British Columbia last March 16-18, 2016 at the Northern Grand Hotel. Fort St. John, also known as the “Energetic City” due to its vast natural gas resources is home to the largest concentration of Filipinos in Northeastern B.C.
Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer led the outreach team in processing a total of 472 passport applications and providing notarial, NBI and civil registry services. There were 3 former Filipino citizens who took their oath under RA 9225 or the Dual Citizenship Act. Officials from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Vancouver provided labor services.
During the visit to Fort St. John, Consul General Ferrer took the opportunity to meet with local officials such as Mayor Lori Ackerman, MP Bob Zimmer and MLA Pat Pimm. The said officials were all praises for the Filipinos due to their work ethics, dedication and reliability.
Consulate officials also met with Chamber of Commerce President Tony Zabinsky and Executive Director Lina Hansen to discuss the business climate and investment opportunities in the city taking into consideration its vast natural gas resources and the projected developments in the LNG industry.
Consul General Ferrer and Labor Attaché Jaime Gimenez also met with the owners and managers of business establishments in Fort St. John to discuss issues affecting Filipino temporary foreign workers.
Consulate officials were given a brief tour of the Spectra Energy gas plant in Taylor, one of the company’s 19 natural gas plants in British Columbia which extracts and processes natural gas for use in electric generation, residential heating/cooking, manufacturing and transportation.
The successful visit to Fort St. John was made possible through the active support and cooperation of North Peace Filipino Canadian Bayanihan of Fort St. John and Barangay Fort St. John. – END
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