THE PHILIPPINE Ambasador to Myanmar will take the helm as consul general of Los Angeles, California, with the task of implementing Philippine laws and regulations in the United States concerning citizenship, immigration, trade, navigation and commerce.

Hellen Barber-de la Vega, who finished cum laude in Asian Studies in 1982, will assume office on Sept. 30.

De la Vega, the second woman consul in Los Angeles since the Philippine Consulate’s establishment in 1947, also served as consul general at the Philippine Embassy in China from September 2008 to August 2009.

The veteran envoy obtained her master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela

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