PH consulate conducts forum for Filipinos living, working in Milan

Published November 8, 2019, 5:32 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Roy Mabasa

The Philippine Consulate General in Milan, together with a local law firm, has jointly organized a public forum to provide Filipinos living or working there with relevant information pertaining to their legal concerns on immigration, accidents and even medical malpractices.

According to Acting Head Consul Mersole Mellejor, the forum served as a platform to empower Filipinos in Piemonte, Vale d’Aosta and other regions of Italy, and be in a better position to properly manage and make sound decisions on matters that affect their stay in Italy.

Co-organized by the Italy-based law firm Ambrosio and Commodo Studio Legali Associato, among the issues discussed in the forum were the requirements, procedure and qualifications for applying a permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno) in Italy, Italian citizenship and also for filing claims for damages resulting from road accidents, accidents at work and medical malpractice.

Attended by the leaders and members of the Filipino community in Italy, the forum was held at the Centro Studi di San Carlo in Turin, Italy, on October 27.

Four legal practitioners, including Filipino lawyer Paul Francis Sombilla, served as resource speakers.

In his remarks, Mellejor conveyed his appreciation to Atty. Renato Ambrosio and his associates at Ambrosio and Commodo Studio Legali Associato for making themselves available, and for providing the venue for the forum.

Mellejor also encouraged the Filipino community members who attended the event to empower their fellow Filipinos in Italy by sharing the information they learned from the activity.

The acting consul head said the forum is just one of several collaborative activities, with no additional costs to the Philippine government, that the Philippine Consulate General in Milan is undertaking with local governments and private offices to supplement its initiatives for Filipinos in its jurisdiction.

In addition, the Philippine Consulate General in Milan has also co-organized drug awareness seminars with the local governments of Milan and Modena.

Coordination with the local governments of Bologna, Turin, and Brescia for similar events are now in the pipeline.