The Philippines and Australia established diplomatic ties on 22 May 1946, and in 1947 the Philippine Government established its foreign mission in Sydney. While its current consular jurisdiction is limited to New South Wales, we receive clients from every where in Australia.
The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney provides consular services to Philippine citizens, Australians, and other nationals. It is a focal point of the Philippine Government in the state of New South Wales. It enjoys a vibrant partnership with the large Filipino-Australian community in New South Wales, which numbers around 127,000 as of 2018.
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OFFICIALS IN SYDNEY
CHARMAINE ROWENA C. AVIQUIVIL
Ms. CHARMAINE ROWENA C. AVIQUIVIL, a career officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), is the new Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, Australia. She arrived at Post on 25 October 2022.
Consul General Aviquivil has worked for over 20 years in public service, initially joining government as a Media Production Specialist and eventually as Information Officer at the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), from 1989 to 1997.
She joined the DFA in 1997 as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) after passing the highly competitive FSO examinations that year. She was promoted to Career Minister in January 2013 after passing the Career Minister’s examinations in 2012, and later to Chief of Mission 2 in 2021.
Prior to her posting in Sydney, her previous foreign assignments were at the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway from 2015 to 2017, Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece from 2011-2015, Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 2005 to 2008, and before that, at the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam from 2002 to 2005.
At the DFA Home Office, after completing a six-month cadetship course under the Foreign Service Institute from 1997 to 1998, Ms. Aviquivil initially served as Principal Assistant at the Office of United Nations and other Organizations in 1998, and then at the Public Information Services Unit from 1998 to 2002. She became Director of the Africa Division of the Office of Middle East and African Affairs (OMEAA) at the DFA from 2008 to 2011. Her most recent assignment at the Home Office was as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination (OPPC).
She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also earned a Master in Philippine Studies degree from the same university in the year 2001.
EMMANUEL DONATO K. GUZMAN
Consul Emmanuel Donato K. Guzman is the Supervising Officer for Passports, Visas, and Assistance-to-Nationals at the Consulate General. He also serves as the office’s Political, Economic and Planning Officer.
He previously served with the Office of Undersecretary for Administration, the Office of Asset Management and Support Services, as Board Secretary – Board of Foreign Service , and with the Office of the Secretary from 2006 – 2009, at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. His previous foreign assignment was to the Philippine Embassy in London,
Consul Guzman is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.
Vice Consul Frances Louissa C. Cleofas is the Supervising Officer for Dual Citizenship, Civil Registry, and Notarial Services, as well as the focal person for Gender and Development, Oversees Voting, and Cultural and Community Affairs.
She was previously assigned at the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 2019 to January 2023, and served at the Office of Protocol and Office of ASEAN Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of the Philippines.
FRANCES LOUISSA C. CLEOFAS