DFA opens satellite office in Clark

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, May 13 — Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has announced the opening of the satellite consular office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) here.

Assistant vice president Bernardo Angeles Jr. of the Investment and Promotions of CDC said the opening of the DFA satellite office is an offshoot of the agreement between CDC and the DFA after the consular office extension office here was transferred in San Fernando early this year.

Angeles said the presence of the DFA regional consular office in Clark has a multiplier effect for the Freeport and its contingent communities since residents from North of Pampanga and the neighboring provinces of Tarlac and some parts of provinces from Northern Luzon will no longer travel to Metro Manila or City of San Fernando to apply for new or renew passports.

The establishment of the DFA satellite office here was also the result from the request made by Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) which is chaired by Benigno N. Ricafort and co-chaired Mabalacat Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales.

MCAC is composed of local government units adjacent to the Freeport.

“The presence of the two offices helps create small businesses and employment opportunities to other people,” Morales said.

He also said that “having the DFA office in Clark is a way to strengthen the move to transfer some vital government agencies to the Freeport.”

The DFA satellite office, which is located at the Clark Center Berthaphil Estate here, was approved by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

The DFA consular office here is open daily (Monday-Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PNA)

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