About the Office
About the Consulate General
History of the Philippine Consulate General in Saipan
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States. Under its 1976 Covenant to establish a Commonwealth in political union with the United States, the CNMI has until recently had sole authority over its own labor and immigration policy. The CNMI lost the privilege of setting its own minimum wage and labor policies with the enactment of the federal minimum wage increase law that took effect on 25 July 2007. CNMI immigration policy was federalized under the Consolidated Natural Resources Act (CNRA or P.L. 110-229, otherwise known as the “federalization law), which took effect in the CNMI on 28 November 2009.
The need for a Philippine Consulate in Saipan even before the onset of federalization arose during the heyday of the garments and tourism industries in the CNMI in the mid- to late 1980s, during which an ever-increasing number of Filipino workers entered the CNMI to assist its construction development and tourism industries.
At one time, there were as much as 27,000 Overseas Filipino Workers in the CNMI (although there are unconfirmed estimates as high as 35,000). Following negotiations between the government of the CNMI and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Consulate in Saipan was established on 3 March 1989. The Consulate was upgraded to a Consulate General in June 2001.
The following have served as Consuls General: Julia C. Heidemann (1 June 2001 to 30 May 2003); Wilfredo DL Maximo (24 June 2003 to 24 June 2009; Medardo G. Macaraig (26 July 2009 to the present).
The Acting Principal Officers were: Julius D. Torres (3 March 1989-1993); Renato T. Villapando (1 June 1993-1995); Generoso G. Calonge (13 September 1995-26 January 1997); Julia C. Heidemann (27 January 1997-31 May 2001) Wenceslao G. Gayola (31 May 2003-23 June 2003) Belinda M. Ante (June 25-July 25, 2009).
The Consul General has jurisdiction over The Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, Rota and the Northern Islands).
About the Consul General
Mr. MEDARDO G. MACARAIG assumed his duties as Consul General in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on July 26, 2009.
He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on February 6, 1995.
At the DFA, he served as Conference Officer of the APEC-National Organizing Commission-Executive Committee (APEC-NOC-EC) from 20 November 1995 to 19 December 1996; and as Acting Director of the Property, Maintenance and Transportation Division (PMTD) from 20 December 1996 to 29 August 1999.
From September 12, 2005 until his assignment to the Philippine Consulate General in Saipan, he served the Department of Foreign Affairs as Executive Director of the Office of Personnel and Administrative Services.
In the Foreign Service, he also served as Third Secretary and Vice Consul and later as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, Canada from 30 August 1999 to 30 August 2005.
Prior to joining the DFA, he also served at the Metropolitan Manila Commission (later renamed the Metropolitan Manila Authority) from May 1985 to February 5, 1995.
Mr. Macaraig obtained in 1984 a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
He is married to Teresa Roselyn S. Macaraig. They have two daughters, Anna Patricia and Raissa Marie.
DIRECTORY AND CONTACT INFORMATION
The Marianas Business Plaza in Susupe, Saipan, CNMI.
|Address:||Fifth Floor, Marianas Business Plaza, Susupe
P.O. Box 500731 CK, Saipan MP 96950
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
|Jurisdiction:||Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands|
|Tel. No.:||(1-670) 234-1848; 234-1850; Fax No. (1-670)234-1849|
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., no lunch break.
The office is also open one Saturday or one Sunday every month. The schedules of these weekend services are announced separately in this website.
Nationals Holidays Observed by Host Country, CY 2012
|January 2 (Mon)||New Year’s Day|
|January 16 (Mon)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday of January)|
|February 20 (Mon)||President’s Day (3rd Monday of February)|
|March 24 (Fri)||Commonwealth Covenant Day|
|April 6 (Fri)||Good Friday|
|May 28 (Mon)||Memorial Day|
|July 4 (Wed)||Liberation Day/ US Independence Day|
|September 3 (Mon)||Labor Day|
|October 8 (Mon)||Commonwealth Cultural Day (2nd Monday of October)|
|November 4 (Thurs)||Citizenship Day|
|November 11 (Thurs)||Veteran’s Day|
|November 22 (Thurs)||Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday of November)|
|December 8 (Fri)||Constitution Day|
|December 25 (Tue)||Christmas Day|
DIRECTORY OF PERSONNEL (as of December 2011)
|MACARAIG, Medardo Antonio G.
Consul General (Career Minister)
|ANTE, Belinda M.
Consul (Career Minister)
|STO. DOMINGO, Jose M.
|ANASTACIO, Nerisa N.
|DEAN, Liza L.
Collecting Officer and Consular Clerk
|MIRANDA, Dyan Kristine B.
Consular Assistant, Property Officer and Legal Officer
|TOLOSA, Rowena G.
|ENERLAN-ANCHETA, Violaflor, R.
Consular Assistant and ATN Officer
ARCE, Lauren S.
|MANAHAN-MENDOZA, Hazel SJ.
Consular Assistant and Cultural Officer
|DAVID, Antonio R.
|PAGARAO, Amelito Q..
OFFICE OF THE LABOR REPRESENTATIVE
Ground Floor, Marianas Business Plaza, Susupe
P.O. Box 504834 CK, Saipan MP 96950
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
Working Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., no lunch break
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
|VELASQUEZ, Carmelina F.
OWWA Welfare Officer
|OCA, Remily, D.
Administrative Staff, POLO
|AUSTRIA, Monica DS.
Administrative Staff I, OWWA
Congressman Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan, NMI representative
Marianas Visitors Authority website
DOI Office of Insular Affairs CNMI
The CNMI Guide