- The DFA’s passport revolving fund is gone, according to Sec. Teddy Locsin
- They still owed the printing firm around P380-M
- But Locsin vowed to find ways to replenish the fund
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr., took to Twitter to announce that the agency’s passport revolving fund is depleted with still P380-M that needs to be paid to the printing firm.
Locsin also vowed he will find the means to replenish the fund which he said mostly went to travel expenses and allowances.
“Our entire passport revolving fund is gone; and we are in arrears to APO P388M for printing passport booklets; apparently the fund was eaten up by travel allowances(huh?), insurance, miscellany(what?). So bear with us until I find money to replenish the fund,” he wrote on Twitter, Wednesday.
When this news reached the Palace, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque promised he will bring the matter up to Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado.
But on Thursday, Locsin again tweeted he has decided to cut off foreign travels instead and would meet Avisado for help in the realignment.
“Thanks Harry but no need. I am cutting off foreign travels. There’s tons of money there. No more conference trips. There’s Zoom. Will get Avisado to help me realign,” Locsin tweeted.
“I stopped bldg renovation and capital expenses. Government needs every peso for vaccination,” he said.
The DFA’s passport revolving fund is collected from service fees for the processing and issuance of passports requiring special consideration, waiver or issuance beyond regular office hours.
It can be used by the department “for the improvement of its passporting and consular services and other department services except travel and transportation allowances and expenses”.
Currently, under the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, the DFA is charging a service fee of not more than P250 for the above-mentioned process.