DFA tells clients, bring authenticated documents

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


THE Department of Foreign Affairs- Baguio Regional Consular Office (DFA-Baguio) is reminding the persons who are applying for passport to check the consistency of their documentary requirements and bring legal and authenticated documents only.

DFA-Baguio Regional Director Edgar Canta made the reminder in a radio interview as he affirmed they are encountering numerous cases of inconsistent and fraudulent documents in their daily transactions.

Canta said they can easily identify fake documents and though as much as possible they do not want to file cases against such clients.

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The documents he said are automatically confiscated and double-checked with the concerned agencies.

He stressed that for the passport requirement aside from an official government-issued identification (ID cards) and other supporting papers, applicants must have authentic birth certificate, and marriage contract for married persons.

“Our priority is the National Statistics Office (NSO) - issued documents; if the document is authenticate and entries are clear, we do not require anymore the copy from the Office of the Civil Registrar,” Canta explained.

Relative to NSO documents, Canta and NSO Regional Director Olivia Gulla maintain an open line in addressing passport requirements and related concerns.

Meantime, Canta reported that with the transfer of DFA–Baguio Regional Consular Office inside the SM City, it is now more convenient for their clients.

They can visit the mall while waiting for their turn or call time to go inside the DFA office for processing of their application.

Canta though also called for more patience from their clients while they are still waiting for equipment augmentation.

Currently, the DFA Baguio set its daily quota to 150 passport applications processing per day, the maximum number of application they can process in a day with their present data capturing machines and other (processing) related equipments.

He also reminded the public that only their uniformed DFA guards who issue entry pass numbers (with the call time - on when a client will enter the DFA office). Issuance starts only at 9 am in Gate E2 (near the grocery) of SM.

Canta also assured that they do not make reservations and only accept walk-in applications on a first-come, first served basis scheme. (Carlito Dar)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 05, 2012.

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