The consul general of the Philippines is in Cayman to meet Filipino residents and help resolve passport issues.
Ariel Rodelas Peñaranda arrived in Cayman on Thursday and is scheduled to be here until Tuesday.
The consul general, who works out of the Philippines Embassy inn Washington, D.C., has consular jurisdiction over the Cayman Islands.
Last week, Mr. Peñaranda spoke with Deputy Governor Franz Manderson over the phone about any concerns or issues relating to Filipino nationals.
“I was very pleased to say [he] raised no matters with me concerning complaints or issues being experienced by the Filipino community [in Cayman]. He was impressed with the arrangements we made with him, and he said he was looking forward to meeting with his fellow citizens this week,” said Mr. Manderson.
The consul general and his team will meet with about 700 people during the visit, which is centered on passport issues, according to Mr. Manderson.
The passport issues relate to Philippines law, which states that Filipino nationals are required to be seen in person for passport renewals.
“The Filipino government has changed their rule to say that passport applications have to be submitted in person, so rather than their nationals having to travel home, they will now be able to submit their passport applications to the consular representatives who are here visiting,” Mr. Manderson said.
Mr. Peñaranda is also meeting assistant chief immigration officers Jeannie Lewis, Angela McLean and Tamara Reid-Vernon, director of Labor and Pensions Mario Ebanks, deputy director Marlon Bodden, and National Workforce Development Agency manager Lois Kellyman.