The Philippine Embassy conducted a consular mission in Kabul, Afghanistan on 7 to 9 June 2013.

The consular mission was led by PH Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr. who was accompanied by Passport Officer Salmineo de Castro and Attache Milagros Gumaru.

The team provided passport, assistance-to-nationals (ATN) and other consular services to the Filipino community in Kabul. The team also met with the Filipino community at the Serena Hotel and discussed the prevailing security situation in Kabul and the impact of the forthcoming departure of the US forces in Afghanistan in 2014.

While in Kabul, Ambassador Lucenario visited who two Filipinos presently detained at the Kabul Detention Center. As part of the continuing effort of the PH Embassy to secure the release of the detained Filipino workers, the Ambassador also met with their lawyers who were hired by the PH Government, representatives of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the Afghan Deputy Attorney.

The PH Embassy is scheduled to conduct another consular mission to Kandahar, Afghanistan on 26 and 27 July 2013. In Kandahar, there is an estimated number of around 1,500 Filipinos working in U.S. base. Latest figures indicate that there are more than five thousand (5,000) Filipinos presently working in Afghanistan. END