Consul General Mario De Leon to end his term in New York in June 2016

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NEW YORK - After five years of serving as the top official of the Philippine Consulate General New York (PCGNY), Consul General Mario L. De Leon, Jr. announced that he ends his tour of duty on 30 June 2016. He will be moving to a senior position in the DFA Home Office in July.

ConGen De Leon further announced that Atty. Tess Dizon-De Vega, presently the Chief Coordinator of Secretary Albert del Roasario is slated to take the helm when he leaves. He welcomes the designation of Atty de Vega who was the former PCGNY Deputy Consul General from 2011 to 2013 and is well known in the community.  

A career diplomat, ConGen Mario assumed his post on 1 March 2011, and arrived to a rather fractious Filipino-American community. Foremost in his agenda was to bring reconciliation among some sectors and encourage cooperation among organization leaders. He has done more than repair community relations; the hardworking ConGen has initiated programs covering the three pillars of foreign policy: economic diplomacy, national security and assistance to nationals in distress. 

Ever-present and visible in the community, ConGen has put people-to-people relations a top priority during his term and has always advocated uplifting the profile of Filipinos in the mainstream American society. He has led a pacific Filipino-American community who have bonded in solidarity over some of his legacy programs such as the Build-A-Shelter Project (for Yolanda survivors), Geographic Warden System, Leadership and Management Seminar for Organization Leaders, Leadership and Mentoring Seminar for the Emerging Generation, Homecoming sa Konsulado, Filipino Restaurant Week, the return of Simbang Gabi sa Konsulado, just to name a few. – Vice Consul Khrys Corpuz, PCGNY.