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New Congen promises more open, consultative Consulate

03 September 2019


The Philippines’ new consul general in Hong Kong, Raly Tejada, took up his post quietly and without fanfare on Aug 14.

But he began his first day at work by breaking with tradition. He invited all those queuing for services at the Consulate to join him and his officers and staff in the flag-raising ceremony.

In his short address, ConGen Tejada affirmed the Consulate’s commitment to uphold and protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos in Hong Kong, and improve the delivery of services to the public.

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He assumed his post on the day the Office of the President in the Philippines issued an advisory telling Filipinos to avoid traveling to Hong Kong in the wake of massive, and at times, violent protests spurred by a government-sponsored extradition bill.

In line with the move, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin lost no time sending Congen Tejada to Hong Kong even before he could officially wind up his term as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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In a brief meeting with The SUN, Congen Tejada expressed his willingness to listen to all sectors of the Filipino community in Hong Kong so he can have a better grasp of their concerns.

He kept open the possibility of reviving the Leaders Forum initiated by the late Ambassador Doy Lucenario nearly 20 years ago, so the Filcom will have a chance to share news and information, especially on big issues like the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

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Congen Tejada is no newbie in Hong Kong, as he was sent here for his first overseas posting as vice-consul in the early 2000s. It was here where he met his Hong Kong-born wife, who was then working as a journalist.

After Hong Kong he was sent to Geneva, Switzerland d to serve as First Secretary to the United Nations Mission. He then served as Deputy Consul General in Vancouver, Canada, before assuming the post of Consul General in Guangzhou, China.

In the Home Office, ConGen Tejeda held several executive positions, such as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Policy, Director of Treaties Division, Office of Legal Affairs, and as Assistant to the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations.

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