DFA eyes more consular offices across the country

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2017 07:52 PM

Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Consular Affairs. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said his department is planning to put up more consular offices nationwide to speed up the passport application process.

Speaking to reporters, Cayetano said around 7 to 9 consular offices will be built and will each have around 4 to 5 machines for passport processing.

Each machine can process around 80 to 100 passports daily.

"From three months waiting time to schedule an appointment online, it's now down to 6 weeks," he said. "Kulang pa rin 'yan."
Cayetano also said they are looking at the possibility of requiring payment upon booking of appointments online to ensure that passport applicants would really show up at their scheduled appointments and to shorten the process of applying for or renewing passports.
The foreign affairs chief said that while the goal is to eventually accommodate same-day walk-in applicants, booking an appointment online is still ideal to ensure that all applicants would be accommodated.