Mahal na kababayan,
Further to our informal gathering held five months ago in Nagoya, I would like to provide you with an update of developments concerning the PH Consulate General in Nagoya.
As previously announced during said meeting, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Nagoya was officially established on 04 December 2019 by an administrative team located temporarily at the Regus Office Center beside the Kokusai Center station.
Our main task, at present, is to undertake all administrative arrangements so that full consular operations may begin as soon as possible. The most challenging of these is to secure suitable permanent office space. A viable location has already been selected, and the procurement process is underway.
At present, the PH Consulate General in Nagoya is unable to provide most consular services due to its lack of a permanent office venue, essential equipment and material, and a full staff complement. It is envisioned that our services will be gradually operationalised with the arrival of equipment/material and staff, especially after a permanent office has been finalised.
Meanwhile, in coordination with the Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Osaka, we have started to provide Assistance-To-Nationals (ATN) services to stranded Filipino tourists who have been unable to return to the Philippines, to interns who have stopped working, and to undocumented Filipinos who have been detained by police and immigration authorities.
Inasmuch as our current temporary office will allow an extremely limited number of applicants, we will eventually announce an appointment/scheduling system that will restrict the number of applicants. Only those applicants with an approved schedule will be entertained.
Unfortunately, due to COVID19 restrictions in the Philippines, the scheduled shipment of our passport data capture machines from the Philippines has been delayed. As soon as they arrive in Nagoya, they will be tested and be made operational, so that we may begin to process passport renewal applications in a limited capacity.
In addition to the very limited capacity of our current office at the Regus office center, we are considering the Aichi International Association (AIA) and the Nagoya International Center (NIC), among others, as possible venues to hold regular passport services.
We have coordinated the request of Filipino communities in Gifu for a consular outreach mission, and agreed that if regular operations were to begin in Nagoya, it would be easier for Filipinos in Gifu to come to Nagoya on a daily/weekly basis, depending on the availability of venues.
We also have coordinated with PH communities in Hamamatsu for the holding of a consular outreach mission. However, due to COVID19 restrictions, these plans have been all placed on hold until further notice.
We have been closely monitoring COVID19 developments in Chubu. We are thankful that there has only been one known Filipino citizen that was infected, and that this person has already been discharged.
We hope that you will all continue to stay safe.
For any query, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you and best regards,
Jerome John O. Castro
Deputy Consul General and Acting Head of Post
Consulate General of the Philippines in Nagoya
Regus Office Center (temporary administrative office)
Hanaguruma Building North, 5-4-14 Meieki
Nakamura ku, Nagoya shi, Aichi ken – 450-0002
Tel. 052 588 2604 / Fax 052 588 2718 / For emergencies 090 6580 6724