The Filipino-American members of the press bid a warm welcome to Consul General Claro Cristobal on his first ConGen Press Hour at the Philippine Center in New York on July 3, 2018.  (PCGNY photo)

On his second day on the job, Consul General Claro S. Cristobal met with the Filipino-American members of the media at a Press Hour hosted by the Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY) at the Philippine Center on July 3, 2018.

Cristobal intimated that his current assignment as the Head of Post is his third stint in New York, having been posted as Third Secretary then Second Secretary at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations (PMUN) from 1990-1993, Consul at the PCGNY — Investment Promotion Unit from 1993-1997, then Minister at the PMUN from 2000-2002.

As the representative of Filipinos in his jurisdiction, he said he intends to contribute to the advancement of his fellowmen in the U.S., and in the Philippines.

He outlined his plans for the community in terms of the three pillars of the Philippine Foreign Policy: National Security, Economic Diplomacy, Assistance to the Nationals.

He added that he will endeavor to ramp up Public Diplomacy within the U.S. Northeast to support his efforts in the three pillars.


“I will pursue an inclusive, participative and results-oriented leadership,” says Consul General Claro Cristobal on his first Press Hour.  (Photo by Lambert Parong)

Cristobal revealed he plans to continue the worthwhile programs of his predecessors, but also wants to innovate and introduce new systems and tread a new course in attaining his vision for the Filipino community.

In the Q&A that followed, Cristobal responded to questions on his leadership style; his willingness to address the media in pressing issues about the Philippines and the community; his plans to improve trade and investment activity between the Philippines and the U.S.; PCG’s assistance regarding immigration woes of Filipinos in the U.S. Northeast; the Philippines’ shift towards a Federalist government; as well as updates on the Command Conference with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs last month.

Cristobal vowed to continue the ConGen Press Hour regularly, recognizing that the media is the Consulate’s partner in educating the community and strengthening Public Diplomacy efforts.


ALL EARS: Members of the press listen and take notes as newly-assumed Consul General Claro Cristobal address their questions.  (PCGNY photo)

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