DFA: Shorter application period for e-passport starts August
By:Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 30-Jul-2012 / 3 years 17 weeks ago
BAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - Good news for travelers and migrant workers. There will now be shorter period for passport application with Department of Foreign Affairs fully implementing the e-passport next month.
DFA Baguio Consular Office Regional Director Edgar Canta, in an interview over PIA Hour Radio Program Thursday, disclosed that starting August 6, the waiting period for the processing of regular application of e-passport will be shortened from the usual 30 working days (six weeks) to 20 working days or four weeks.
For the rush or expedite application, from the usual 20 working days waiting period for the processing of e-passport, it will now be shortened to 10 working days or two weeks.
At the DFA Consular Office in Manila and the DFA extension office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), from the usual seven working days for the expedite processing of e-passport, it will also be shortened to three to four working days.
The fee will remain at P950 for the regular application and P1,200 for the rush/expedite application and this will be implemented in all regional consular offices nationwide, Canta said.
Meantime, Canta informed that DFA is continuously working hard to improve it service and bring it closer to the people. He disclosed that DFA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with various malls all over the country in what they call ‘mallization’ or the transfer of their regional consular offices to a mall in their area.
For Baguio RCO, Canta announced that they are set to transfer to SM City Baguio by September. He hopes that by then, their request for augmentation, both personnel and equipment, will be approved.
According to Canta, at present, there are only seven personnel assisting him and two data capturing machines for the bio-metrics. They have a quota of 200 application a day but it actually reaches around 250 a day as they also accommodate special clients such as senior citizens, infants, pregnant mothers, person with disabilities and those clients that fall under assistance to nationals or ATN.
With the limited personnel and equipment, Carta reiterates his appeal to the public to bear with them, as they are doing their best and even extending beyond the usual work time just to accommodate all their clients in each day. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)