Washington, D.C. Consul General Emil T. Fernandez (right) with the ANCOP USA Champions of the 2013 Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI) held in Virginia.  (Filipino Reporter photo by Manny Caballero)

ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) USA, through its executive director Roger Santos, a TOFA-NY 2014 Awardee for Community Service, praised the Philippine Embassy and its staff in Washington, D.C. by sharing their experiences with them in the past few years.

In a written statement, Santos said, “Since 2013, ANCOP USA has had close working relationships on various Philippine-related projects with the Philippine Embassy. In all those years, we could only be thankful for the professionalism, concern and kindness that were shown to us by the Embassy staff led by Consul General Emil T. Fernandez.”

Santos also said, “Consul General Fernandez and his staff graciously welcomed us when we first introduced ANCOP USA. When we held the 2013 ANCOP USA/ABS CBN DZMM Grand USA Finals in Virginia, we received full support from the Embassy, which led to the event’s total success. Consul General Fernandez was with us in the auditorium, together with more than 2,000 people, mostly Filipinos, from the northeastern states.”

“Let us remember that all ANCOP USA projects are aimed at helping the poor people in the Philippines,” explained the ANCOP USA leader.

“Ambassador and Mrs. Cuisia joined the CFC ANCOP Walk in Maryland one morning in 2013.

“When Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda struck in Leyte, Samar and Iloilo, and the big earthquake shook and destroyed Bohol’s old churches and people’s houses, we answered the initiatives taken by the Embassy to help the victims and to restore the destroyed churches,” revealed Santos.

“In fact, in a week’s time, our group, together with our friends at the Embassy will meet with Archbishop Auza, the papal ambassador to the United Nations in New York City, in order to discuss the Bohol Restoration efforts and the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States in September, among others,” concluded Santos.

The above sharing was made in light of complaints published in social media last week as to the alleged uncaring attitude and inefficiency on the part of Philippine Embassy personnel.

Those specific complaints had been answered in a separate press release by Consul General Emil T. Fernandez.