MANILA- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said his department will put up 9 more consular offices nationwide to speed up the passport application process.
The move, according to Cayetano, will increase the department's daily capacity of passport applicants from 9,000 to 15,500.
Here are the areas where the department is planning to open new consular offices:
1. San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
2. Santiago, Isabela
3. Malolos or Meycauayan, Bulacan
4. Calamba or San Pablo, Laguna
5. Dasmariñas City, Cavite
6. Antipolo, Rizal
7. Oroquieta City or Ozamiz City
8. Misamis Occidental
9. Tagum, Davao del Norte.
Aside from the new consular offices, 4 trucks for mobile passport processing or passport on wheels will be made available to process 2,500 more passports each day.
The move aims to decrease the waiting time for passport applications, Cayetano said.