MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has ordered employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to speed up passport processing.
"I've ordered and asked Asec. Frank [Cimafranca] to work with my transition team and meet with the people responsible with our passport system," he said during the DFA's flag ceremony on Monday.
Ideally, an applicant must be able to receive his or her passport only days after filing the requirements, said Cayetano.
Cayetano said he also wants Filipinos to be able to apply for or renew passports in post offices in the future like in the United States.
"I want to know how you're going to do it. Do we need additional machines? Do you need more casual employees?" he said.
"Doon po sa mga taga-finance kung hindi available agad ang funds for casuals or contractuals, while I'm talking to the DBM, use my salary so we can start right away," he added.
When asked about DFA's supposed illegal contract in printing passports, Cayetano he has yet to see the documents.
But he vowed to resolve the matter immediately.
"Ayaw kong ma-LTO (Land Transportation Office) tayo," he said in a press conference. "The excuse was legitimate, may problema sa supplier, sa kontrata. Pero sino ang nasaktan? Tao."