MANILA, Philippines?Starting March 8, passport operations will be moved from the Department of Foreign Affairs offices to its new Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) building at the corner of Bradco and Macapagal Avenues in Aseana Business Park, the DFA said in a news release.
But the transfer of authentication services will begin earlier on March 4.
?On said dates, all new consular and passport applications shall be filed at the new location,? the DFA said.
The new 7,000-square meter, four-story building, which is a few blocks away from the DFA main building, is part of the ongoing modernization program undertaken by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo to further improve the DFA's frontline services on passport and visa issuances and documents authentication.
"It is part of our dream for the Filipino people to have a world-class passport and consular services. We have done it through the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) and the ePassport, and now the dream is complete with the new DFA-OCA building," he said.
To ensure quick, comfortable service, the DFA advised passport applicants to check the passport requirements and secure an online appointment at the DFA website (consular tab), or to call the consular help-line number (02-556-0000) or DFA telephone number (02-834-4000).
Applications may also be filed with the DFA's 19 Regional Consular and satellite offices.