DFA: Shorter application period for e-passport starts August

Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 30-Jul-2012 / 1 year 37 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) 


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