The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has appealed to all Filipinos in the Middle East to register as overseas voters before the deadline on October 31.
As of October 15, the number of newly registered overseas voters has surpassed the 1.3 million mark, according to DFA records.
Consul General Imelda Panolong of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said they will be open on three Fridays to accommodate those who have only free time to register on weekends.
The consulate will be open on October 16 and 23 from 9 AM to 12 noon and on October 30 and 31 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Registration area will be at the 2nd Floor, PCG Hall of the Consulate.
DFA Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis, chairman of the DFA-Overseas Voting Secretariat, said Filipinos in the Middle East should take this opportunity to register.
“I appeal to you my kababayans in the Middle East to take the opportunity to politically empower yourselves, to the same or greater level that you are providing economic empowerment to your family back home, by registering now as an overseas voter and exercising your right to vote for who will continue to build and lead our country into the third decade of the twenty first century.” he said.
Seguis said there will be no extension to the deadline for registration. —Ronaldo Concha/KBK, GMA News