PHILIPPINE Consul General of Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz has formally bid goodbye to the Filipino American communities in Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Arizona as he concludes his term at the end of January.
Cruz will be returning to the Philippines to continue his public service with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
In his statement, he acknowledged the support he and his team received from the Consulate’s Filipino American community partners, including the Philippine Department of Tourism in Los Angeles; the Philippine Trade and Investment Center; the Philippine Overseas Labor Office; the Southern California Representative Office of the Social Security System; and the Office of the Police Attaché – Liaison Office on the U. S. West Coast.
Cruz also noted how the close collaboration improved the delivery of consular services, promoted investment, trade and tourism for the Philippines, as well as broadened the appreciation of Filipinos and their culture in the American mainstream.
He was conferred the Gawad Mabini Award, with the rank of Dakilang Kamanong (Grand Cross) by President Rodrigo Duterte on September 13, 2017 for his efforts in facilitating the mass repatriation of over 5,800 Overseas Filipino Workers from 2014-2016 in Libya.