DFA-Mindanao relocates to new home at SM City

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has transferred its Mindanao Office and Regional Consular Office (RCO) from Jacinto Street to SM City Davao.

In an interview on Tuesday, DFA-RCO in Davao officer-in-charge Flora Belinda Bacosa, said they started to move in to their new office on September 1, but opened just on Monday.

She said their office, which is located on the third floor of SM City Davao, has approximately 800-square meter office space.

"It has information area, processing and releasing area of passports, and encoding area," she said.

She said the new office is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays.

She said the transfer of office is the project of DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario, which is aimed at bringing all DFA offices to accessible areas to its clients nationwide.

She said the DFA-RCO in Davao City can now accept applications for new passports at the new office. However, she said there's an extension in the processing period of passports until the necessary Internet connection is installed.

For rushed passports, DFA RCO-Davao has extended the processing time from 10 working days to 15 working days while regular passports can be released in 25 working days from 20 working days.

DFA also has Regional Consular Offices in Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato City, General Santos City, Butuan City, Zamboanga City, and Davao City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 05, 2012.

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