SAN FRANCISCO — This is Consul General Henry Bensurto‘s third annual report to the community.
He says that this report is essential to maintain accountability with the consulate’s goal to build and strengthen the Filipino community in the Bay Area and beyond.
“I think we started the practice here and I thought it was an initative of the Philippine Consulate here in San Francisco to keep our word when we said we are partners we are trying to keep our promise, our word with the community by having an account of ourselves before the community.”
Some of the major accomplishments of the consulate in 2018 falls under the Congen’s “Spark Connect Empower” program.
In order to maximize the proximity and influence of Silicon Valley, the consulate established Spark 447 — which is a co-working space inside the consulate that offers Fil-Am entrepreneurs connections with the Philippines, as well as other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the Bay Area.
As far as 2019’s goals, the building that houses the Philippine consulate will also be going through refurbishments which include faster, safer elevators.
The consulate also now provides free wi-fi to clients.
The ConGen adds how proud he is of the community when it comes to events such as the celebration of Philippine independence day and Filipino-American History Month.
“I find the community here able and willing to sacrifice individual interests for the larger interest. I think that’s a good start and that creates the space and environment and the correct atmosphere for us to able to work together.”
And it is in getting the community to work together that he is proudest of as Congen Bensurto hopes this momentum and spirit of bayanihan continues for 2019 and beyond.