- To speed up the processing of passport applications, more consular offices will be made available
- The DFA released a list of possible areas where they are planning to open new consular offices
The Department of Foreign Affairs just gave good news to all passport applicants. There are a lot in store to look forward to in the DFA as they promise to make reforms to improve their services.
In an effort to speed up the processing of passport applications, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced that they will be opening more consular offices.
They are looking at 9 consular offices and 4 trucks for mobile passport processing or “passport on wheels.” The mobile processing will help process 2,500 additional passports each day. The DFA is hoping that they can increase their capacity of passport applicants from 9,000 to 15,500 daily.
The agency released to ABS-CBN their list of areas where they are planning to open new consular offices:
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.
Earlier this year, a report from ANC revealed that it still takes 3 months to process passports.