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Sabah Filipinos hope for better consular services
Published on: Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Kota Kinabalu: The Filipino community in Sabah has welcomed the appointment of Charles C. Jose as the new Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia and hopes for better consular services under his office.Jose officially assumed his duties on April 15, this year when he attended the first flag-raising ceremony held at the Philippine Embassy compound in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by all officials and staff of the consular office.

In welcoming Jose, Filipinos here hope more attention will be given to Sabah in terms of holding problem-free consular missions, easy and better access in communication facilities, more friendly attitude from embassy officials and staff, and transparency in all official transactions, among others.

Previously, Filipinos in Sabah had repeatedly expressed dissatisfactions over the manner consular missions were conducted, presence of "middlemen", delays in deliveries of travel documents (passport), difficulties to contact the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur (telephone) and rudeness of some embassy officials and staff.

"We hope these problems will be a thing of the past with the assumption of office of Ambassador Jose...we assure that the Filipino community in Sabah will give our fullest and undivided support to his administration," they promised.

They are also looking forward to personally meet Jose in Sabah in the near future.

A seasoned diplomat and member of the Philippine Foreign Service career corps, Jose was the Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson and Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy from March 17, 2014 to April 14, 2017.

Previously, he also served as the Consul General at the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai from March 26, 2011 to February 28, 2014 and Consul General at the Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, China from February 22, 2009 to March 25, 2011.

The Ambassador earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman and Master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University in Singapore. He is married to Maria Victoria Jose and they have two daughters. - Nikko Fabian


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