MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Saturday that consular offices in Metro Manila will only cater to individuals with "urgent needs" when the region undergoes community quarantine beginning March 16, Monday until April 14, Tuesday.
Metro Manila will be under community quarantine in a bid to arrest the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), now considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The DFA said its NCR-West, NCR-East, NCR-South, NCR-Northeast, NCR-Central, NCR-North, and ASEANA branches will only be operating with a skeletal workforce, in compliance with government's social distancing measures prohibiting mass gatherings.
Only overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), individuals with medical cases or other "urgent needs" may proceed with their appointments.
The DFA Consular Office (CO) in NCR-Central (Robinson’s Galleria) and DFA Office of Consular Affairs in ASEANA Business Park will operate Mondays to Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while all other consular offices in Metro Manila will operate Mondays to Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, passport applicants who were not able to show up due to COVID-19 concerns and the community quarantine will be accommodated from April 15 until May 29.
Likewise, those seeking authentication and civil registration services are also advised to avail of these services after the same period.