DFA issues advisory on passport processing

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised those who have passport appointments for the day in Manila but could not come due to the inclement weather  to return any time within the week.

“All those who have appointments in getting their passport today may come back at the Manila office any time during the week up to Friday,” DFA said in a statement.

“They will only need to show their proof of appointment for this day,” it said.
The DFA said that the Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) will be open for those who wish to push through with their appointments.

Many parts of the country have been experiencing non-stop rains since Saturday causing classes to be suspended in several areas.

Tropical storm “Pabuk,” which is heading to Japan, was causing the enhanced Southwest Monsoon to bring rains to the country.

The state run weather bureau has raised the orange rainfall warning alert early Monday expecting moderate to heavy rains.

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  • $14141131

    Despite that invention of computers, the internet and programming systems to protect links and systems including the air mail postal service, many Pilipinos are complaining about the turtle-pace replacement of passports by the Philippine embassies and consulates. Imagine taking a month (the fastest) to get a new one! But wait! If you’ll pay triple the regular fee for the processing, you can receive it in a week (in the US)!

    And also, can the embassies open during non-working Saturdays and Sundays when there is time for most clientele to attend their needs? They can rotate the lazy and rude staff to do public service. Discipline the embassy and consulate employees please.

    • Mona

      “… taking a month (the fastest) to get a new one!”
      Meron pa pong mas fastest. Two months lang. Totoo po ito.

  • batangsulpok

    Experience ko sa Philippine Consulate sa San Francisco, CA na pag kumuha ka ng Special Power of Attorney, ikaw ang maghahanap ng witness sa signature mo sa halip yun consulate employee na dapat siyang mag-witness kaya maraming nae-embarass dahil ang iba ay ayaw pumirma lalo na at di kakilala. Isa pa, nandito na sa U.S. pero hindi sila tumatanggap ng ATM debit/credit cards o personal check, kailangan CASH o certified check o money order kaya masyado silang huli sa kabihasnan kahit high tech na ngayon.

    • $14141131

      Plastic money or credit card is a normal way of paying bills or goods in the US. I think, one of the reasons why embassy staff are making the processing of documents hard is probably to force clients to shell tips like when you’re eating in a restaurant there. Tips are given as a norm in restaurants or cafes, say 10% or more. If this is their motive, than make the tips recorded so all the embassy staff can share including the sanitary clerks.

  • NEILMCNALLY

    BUT..they’ll still charge you the “express” rate..even as you wait hours and hours and dance the two-step to their tune..take a good book,and some ear-plugs!

  • NEILMCNALLY

    ..and,don’t bother to fill out a response to their invitation to “comment” on their service..NO REPLY or RESPONSE to suggestions for improvement,complaints,etc!

  • NEILMCNALLY

    But..some of them,e.g. a Muslim woman,break the rules and smile and converse..such a tonic for someone spending the day or two at BI

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