Foreign affairs office resumes normal passport releasing-A A +A
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) resumes its normal passport issuing schedules on Tuesday after the successful maintenance of the e-passport system that started last April 1.
In its advisory, the DFA said that regular processing at Aseana (Office of Consular Affairs) at Aseana Center, Bradco corner Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City is back to 15 working days and seven working days for express processing.
Similar processing time will be observed for satellite offices (at SM Megamall, SM Manila, Metro Mall Alabang, Robinsons Galleria and Ali Mall), while for Regional Consular Offices or RCOs, it is back to 20 working days for regular and ten working days for express processing respectively.
For foreign service posts (Philippine Embassies and Consulates General), it will be three to four weeks.
The DFA assured the public that those with urgent travel needs due to emergency reasons (medical emergencies, death in the family, work) could still avail of early release of their passports as long as they present documentary proof (valid employment contract processed by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or Philippine Overseas Labor Office, medical certificate, death certificate) of their emergency situation in order for DFA personnel to effectively address their concerns.
The DFA thanked the public for its understanding and cooperation during the duration of the e-passport maintenance period. (JTD)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 15, 2014.