MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced the shortened waiting time for the release of new passports to as early as 6 working days starting Oct. 1.
Applicants at DFA Consular Offices in Metro Manila paying the express processing fee of P1,200 can receive their passports after 6 working days instead of 7, the DFA said in a statement
Meanwhile, those who pay the regular processing fee of P950 can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 15 days, it said.
“We made a promise to the President and to our kababayan that we will work hard to give them fast, efficient, and secure passport services,” the DFA said in a statement, citing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who is currently in New York.
He said applicants in DFA Consular Offices outside Metro Manila can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 20 for regular processing and after 7 working days instead of 10 for expedited processing.
Passports processed daily increased to almost 20,000 from 9,500 in May last year by opening thousands of appointment slots, Cayetano said.
"We endeavor to increase this number to 30,000 by the end of the year,” Cayetano said.