More than just pretty faces
WINNIPEG – Ten young ladies will vie for the title of Miss Debutante 2015 on September 19, 2015. The event will showcase not only their beauty, but also their intelligence and talents. Under the auspices of the new Filipino Media Foundation Canada (FilMedia), the Miss Debutante finalists will be involved in various community and charity projects throughout the coming year.
This year, they will focus on helping the Children’s Hospital Foundation-Winnipeg and also, their two adopted charities in the Philippines, Aral-Pinoy and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly. In this issue of the Pilipino Express, we are proud to feature the profiles of these ten lovely young adults of our community.
DFA explains Philippine passport backlog
PHILIPPINES – Faced with a backlog of 42,230 passports, the Department of Foreign Affairs has promised to resolve the delays in passport processing in 15 to 20 days as it copes with an out-dated system and technical glitches that hamper the production of the travel document.
“It has already been experiencing technological obsolescence. Parts of the system are beginning to break down,” DFA Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Frank Cimafranca said in a press briefing on Thursday.
“This is alarming,” said Cimafranca. The DFA receives a total of 12,000 passport applications a day. Instead of the normal seven to 15-day processing, Cimafranca said it came to a point where it had taken three months for some passports to be released.
He admitted that the delays are already “way beyond the processing period,” but assured the public that the DFA is doing its best to meet its target by repairing old machines.