DFA: Shorter processing period for e-passports to start in August

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DFA Baguio consular office regional director Edgar Canta, in an interview over PIA Hour Radio Program, disclosed that starting August 6, the waiting period for the processing of a regular application of e-passport will be shortened from the usual 30 working days or six weeks to 20 working days or four weeks. For the rush or expedite applications, from the usual 20 working days waiting period for the processing, it will now be shortened to 10 working days or two weeks. At the DFA Consular Office in Manila and the DFA extension office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), from the usual seven-working days for the expedite processing of e-passport, it will also be shortened to three to four working days. The fee will remain at P950 for the regular application and P1,200 for the rush/expedite application and this will be implemented in all regional consular offices nationwide, Canta said. Meanwhile, Canta disclosed that DFA signed a memorandum of agreement with several malls all over the country for what is dubbed ?mallization? or the transfer of their regional consular offices (RCO) to a mall in their area. For Baguio RCO, Canta announced that they are set to transfer to SM City Baguio by September. He hopes that by then, their request for augmentation in both personnel and equipment, will be approved. According to Canta, at present, there are only seven personnel assisting him and two data capturing machines for the bio-metrics. They have a quota of 200 applications per day but it actually reaches around 250 a day as they also accommodate special clients such as senior citizens, infants, pregnant mothers, person with disabilities and those clients that fall under assistance to nationals or ATN. — Carlito C. Dar, PIA ]]>

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