DUBAI – Five drop boxes, which is now called The Kabayan Corner, have been officially disseminated in strategic places in Dubai and Sharjah by the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
The said project, collaborated between the PCG, Gulf Law’s Atty. Barney Almazar and LBC, was born out of the vision to expand the consulate’s reach towards the Filipino community in emirates.
With over 450,000 Filipinos under the PCG’s jurisdiction, the Philippine government would like to extend its services further.
The five drop boxes were placed in Mankhool Satwa Smart Shelter located opposite Al Hana Center, Satwa Smart Center located in front of New Westzone Supermarket, Al Rigga Smart Shelter located in front of Jollibee Al Ghurair Center, LBC Dubai Branch located in Karama near G-Mart Supermarket and opposite Al Attar, and LBC Sharjah Branch located at the back of Gold Center.
Aside from the boxes, there is also a tablet titled “Ask Atty. Barney/Isumbong mo kay ConGen” at each location where people may drop their written notes or letters inside the box or send their concerns through the electronic device.
Placed at areas of densely populated Filipino communities, such as Satwa, Karama, and Deira, the new initiative allow Filipinos, who have no access to phone data (3G or 4G), email, or Facebook, or who are not tech savvy, raise their legal concerns directly to Almazar and reach the PCG for any inquiries.
“A specific email will be provided for this purpose and LBC will also schedule dropping off the letters or notes in the drop box at the PCG on a weekly basis,” Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said.
He mentioned that the main objective of the project was to inform and reach out to the Filipinos in the emirates that there is a Philippine Consulate in Dubai, and that they do offer services beyond passport renewal.
“The drop box allows the PCG to be more aware of the plight of Filipinos in Dubai and ascertain what the best possible courses of action are,” Cortes said.
The official also stated that the initiative is part of a campaign to promote the Philippine Government’s pro-active role in serving its people.