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About the Office

History

The Philippine Consulate General was established immediately upon gaining Philippine Independence in 1946. The Consulate is guided by the country’s national development goals and objectives. The Department of Foreign Affair’s core programs anchored on the three pillars of Philippine foreign policy, namely:

  1. Enhancement of national security;
  2. Utilization of development diplomacy to attain economic security; and
  3. Promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of the Filipino Overseas.

From the very basic consular service of passport renewal to Philippine nationals in Northern California, the service of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco has expanded over the years. It now includes services like the efficient implementation of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act and the Philippine Citizenship Reacquisition and Retention Act of 2003, otherwise known as the Dual Citizenship Law.

The first Consul General of San Francisco PCG was Hon. ROBERTO REGALA. It was on July 4, 1946 that the Philippines as an independent state started its formal diplomatic relations with the United States. Other official heads of San Francisco Philippine Consul General were:

Hon. Jose Imperial (no date available on file)
Hon. Mariano Espeleta
1950-1953
Hon. Benigno Pidlaon
1953-1954
Hon. Nicanor Roxas
1954-1959
Hon. Sofronio Abrera
1960-1963
Hon. Jose Moreno
1963-1965
Hon. Renato Urquiola
1965-1968
Hon. Samson Saballones
1968-1970
Hon. Carlos Faustino
1970-1972
Hon. Trinidad Alconcel
1972-1976
Hon. Romeo Arguelles
1976-1986
Hon. Virgilio Nanagas
1986-1989
Hon. Rosalinda Tirona
1989-1990
Hon. Alfredo Almendrala
1990-1995
Hon. Teresita Marzan
1995-1998
Hon. Amado Cortez
1999-2001
Hon. Delia Menez Rosal
2001-2004
Hon. Maria Rowena Mendoza Sanchez
2004-2007

On August 16, 2007 HON. MARCIANO A. PAYNOR, JR. came to office and became the new Consul General in San Francisco.

Consular Jurisdiction

The Consulate General in San Francisco covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Alaska.

According to the U.S. Census of 2010, the total estimated number of Filipinos residing in the United States is 2,555,314 representing 0.83 percent of the entire country’s population. Of this total, California alone accounts for an overwhelming majority of 1,195,580 Filipinos.

Below is the number of Filipinos in the states under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

Summary of the growth rate of the total population and the number of Filipinos from 2000 to 2010 in states under the  Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
Source:  US Census 2010
(ranked from the largest to the smallest number of Filipinos in 2010)

Rank

Geography

Total
Population
2000

Total
Population
2010

Total
Population's
Growth
(2000-2010)

Growth
rate

Number of
Filipinos
2000

Number of
Filipinos
2010

Number of
Filipino's
Growth
(2000-2010)

Growth
rate

1

Northern California

13,234,136

14,573,946

1,339,810

10%

493,414

649,646

156,232

31.7%

2

Washington

5,894,121

6,724,540

830,419

14%

91,765

137,083

45,318

49.4%

3

Oregon

3,421,399

3,831,074

409,675

12%

18,014

29,101

11,087

61.5%

4

Colorado

4,301,261

5,029,196

727,935

17%

14,716

26,242

11,526

78.3%

5

Alaska

626,932

710,231

83,299

13%

16,170

25,424

9,254

57.2%

6

Northern Nevada

585,842

653,356

67,514

12%

9,295

15,204

15,204

163.6%

7

Utah

2,233,169

2,763,885

530,716

24%

5,396

10,657

5,261

97.5%

8

Idaho

1,293,953

1,567,582

273,629

21%

3,196

6,211

3,015

94.3%

9

Montana

902,195

989,415

87,220

10%

1,647

2,829

1,182

71.8%

10

Wyoming

493,782

563,626

69,844

14%

894

1,657

763

85.3%

TOTAL

32,986,790

37,406,851

4,420,061

13%

654,507

904,054

249,547

38.1%

 


 

 

 

Consular Location and Service Hours

 

The Philippine Consulate General is located on the 6th Floor of the Philippine Center Building, 447 Sutter Street in San Francisco. It maintains facilities on the 5th floor of the same building where its attached agencies, the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Philippine Center Management Board (PCMB) hold offices.

The Philippine Center Building is close to Union Square of San Francisco, near the corner of Sutter and Powell Streets. Housed in the same building are the offices of the Philippine Airlines and a number of travel agencies and law offices mostly owned and managed by Filipino nationals.

The Consulate maintains regular working hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. without noon breaks, Mondays through Fridays. The Consulate observes both national holidays of the Philippines and the U.S.

DIRECTIONS TO THE CONSULATE

By BART

  1. Get off at Powell Station
  2. Walk up 5 blocks towards Sutter Street
  3. From Powell St, turn right on Sutter Street

From Stockton St, turn left on Sutter Street

By private transportation

From the South of San Francisco via Highway 280 (Peninsula)

  1. Take the I-80 N via the ramp on the left towards Downtown/San Francisco
  2. Merge into Hwy 101 N toward Civic Center/Bay Bridge
  3. Keep right toward Bay Bridge/Oakland/7th St/Hwy101N
  4. Exit 2 for 4th Street
  5. Turn slight left onto Bryant St
  6. Turn left at 3rd Street, 3rd Street becomes Kearny St.
  7. Turn left at Sutter Street

OR

  1. Take the I-80 N via the ramp on the left towards Downtown/San Francisco
  2. Merge into Hwy 101 N toward Civic Center/Bay Bridge
  3. Keep right toward Bay Bridge/Oakland/7th St/Hwy101N
  4. Exit at 6th Street
  5. At Market Street, slightly left to Taylor Street
  6. Turn right at Post Street
  7. Turn left at Grant Street
  8. Turn left at Sutter Street

From South of San Francisco via Highway 101

  1. Take 101 North toward San Francisco and Bay Bridge
  2. Exit 280 North toward Port of San Francisco/280 North
  3. Stay in the left lane and 280 becomes King Street
  4. At 2nd light, turn left at 3rd Street and go 8 blocks to Market Street
  5. Cross over Market Street (which becomes Kearny Street) and continue 2 blocks.
  6. Turn left at Sutter Street

From the East (East Bay and Oakland)

  1. Take Hwy 80 West toward San Francisco/Bay Bridge
  2. Take the Fremont Street exit
  3. Turn left at Fremont Street
  4. Continue on Front Street
  5. Turn left at Pine Street
  6. Turn left at Montgomery Street
  7. Turn right at Sutter Street

From the North (through Golden Gate Bridge)

  1. Take Hwy 101 S to San Francisco
  2. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  3. Take Lombard Street/Hwy 101
  4. Turn right at Van Ness Avenue.
  5. Turn left at Broadway Street towards Broadway tunnel
  6. Slight left at Broadway Street
  7. Turn right at Stockton Street towards Stockton tunnel
  8. Turn right at Sutter Street

24-HR PARKING SPACES

The parking spaces indicated below are privately-operated and as such, the Consulate is not responsible for the management of these spaces.  Rates may change without prior notice.

Name/Location/Telephone Number

Rates

450 Sutter Garage

450 Sutter St (at Stockton St)

San Francisco CA 94108

Tel: (415) 421-4444, (415) 781-1606

$1.75 every 20 minutes

$5.25 per hour

$23 4hrs 21 min to 8 hrs

$30  maximum

750 Bush Street

Between Powell and Mason

Tel: (415) 544-9170

$2.50 every 20 minutes

$15 up to 12 hrs

Crown Plaza Garage

480 Sutter, between Sutter and Bush

Tel: (415) 398-8900 ext. 7110

$2.50 every 20 minutes

$30 maximum

Sutter Stockton Garage

330 Sutter Street, San Francisco CA 94108 or

444 Stockton Street, San Francisco CA 94108

Tel: (415) 982-7275; (415) 982 8370

$2: 1 hr           $12: 5 hrs

$5: 2 hrs          $15: 6 hrs

$7: 3 hrs          $18: 7 hrs

$9: 4 hrs          $21: 8 hrs

Union Square Garage

333 Post St, (between Powell and Stockton)

Tel: (415) 397-0631

$2:  1 hr            $8: 3 hrs

$3:  1.5 hrs        $9: 3.5 hrs

$4:  2 hrs         $10: 4 hrs

$6:  2.5 hrs

Contact Information

Telephone 415-433-6666
Fax 415-421-2641
The Duty Officer 415-269-2090
Mailing Address:  447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108