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PCG holds outreach on cruise ship

17 September 2018

The Consulate has conducted an outreach on board the cruise ship Star Pisces to provide consular services to its 300 Filipino personnel.

Consul General Antonio A. Morales led the 10-member consular team that conducted the outreach on Sept 7 on board the Star Pisces, which is based at Ocean Terminal in Tsimshatsui.

Morales said the team had performed overseas voting registration and other consular services for the Filipinos who work on the vessel.

He said that the Consulate would be ready to carry out similar outreaches for Filipino seafarers of foreign vessels calling at Hong Kong’s port if he receives a request from the crew or from the ship owners or operators.

Philippine Consulate General representatives, led by Consul General Antonio A. Morales, provided consular services to Filipino crewmembers of Star Pisces, a cruise ship, while docked at the Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. 
“We are ready to extend consular services to Filipino crew of ships that dock in Hong Kong except that we have not received requests and we were told that there are not too many of them because now may of the ships are highly automated so the number of crews is not that high,” ConGen Morales said.

“But if we receive a request, we are ready to send an outreach team,” he said.

Star Pisces is operated by Star Cruises, which dominates the Asia-Pacific cruise market and is owned by Genting Hong Kong. The consul general said the Consulate was requested by Resorts World, Genting’s tourism unit, to undertake the outreach.

Star Pisces Captain Henrik Ortenblad welcomed the 10-member consular team aboard.

Morales then addressed the vessels’ Filipino personnel. Vice Consul Fatima G. Quintin introduced the different consular services.

The team offered services such as overseas voting registration, Social Security System and Pag-IBIG transactions, legal advice, and counseling and advice from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The outreach lasted from 10am to 3pm.

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