Published: Wednesday 17 January, 2018

DFA to Open 9 New ‘Passport Centers’ for Faster Passport Application Processing

Amid all the complaints about passport application at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the agency announced the planned opening of nine new consular offices all over the country to speed up passport application processing. That’s good new to many Filipinos who have to travel far just to apply for a Philippine passport.

DFA passport application

new consular offices from Ilocos Norte to Davao are opining to handle more passport applications. ( photo)

DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that his department is undertaking reforms to speed up passport processing, as well as other services. One way for this is to open more ‘passport centers’ to cater to the ever increasing demand. Although passport renewals are expected to ebb once the 10-year passports are used, demand will continue as more and more Filipinos travel abroad for work or leisure.

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Nine new consular offices are planned to open soon. According to ABS CBN News, these are the planned site for such:

1. San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
2. Santiago, Isabela
3. Malolos or Meycauayan, Bulacan
4. Calamba or San Pablo, Laguna
5. Dasmariñas City, Cavite
6. Antipolo, Rizal
7. Oroquieta City or Ozamiz City
8. Misamis Occidental
9. Tagum, Davao del Norte

Aside from the additional consular offices, another program is the DFA is the ‘passport on wheels’. Four mobile passport processing centers on trucks will be dispatched to different areas to handle the additional demand. According to Cayetano, the ‘passport on wheels’ will process around 2,500 passport applications each day thus adding to their department’s capacity.

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It is the goal of the DFA to reach a capacity of 15,000 daily.

At present, there is a long waiting time for passport application appointments. Online booking at existing DFA offices are already full up to March 2018. However, a good number of these applicants are no-shows, according to data from the DFA. In view of this, the agency is thinking of requiring a deposit upon booking to discourage no-shows and thus open up slots for more applicants who will eventually show up.