What is the purpose of the Embassy of the Philippines?


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According to its website, the Embassy of the Philippines in the United States manages relations with the U.S. government on behalf of the Philippine government. It also is in charge of providing assistance to Filipino nationals overseas.

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The Embassy of the Philippines states that the duties of the embassy include working on behalf of the national security of the Philippines, promoting a positive national image, and supporting national development through diplomacy. It works with the United States on economic relations and security relations as well to encourage mutually beneficial ties between the two nations. It also provides critical duties to citizens overseas, which include processing visas and passports and legal advice and consular assistance to citizens in need of help.

The embassy is divided into five sections, each devoted to a different duty of the embassy. These sections are the political section, the economic section, the cultural section, the consular section, and the press and information section.

The Embassy of the Philippines is located in Washington, D.C. The Philippines also has consulates throughout the U.S., including in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, New York, Atlanta, and Miami.

As of 2015, the ambassador to the United States is Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. He formally assumed his post on April 2, 2011.

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