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.
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 move, according to Cayetano, will increase the department’s daily capacity of passport applicants from 9,000 to 15,500.
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.