DFA 6 looks forward to the resumption of mobile passport service

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 13 – The regional consular office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is looking forward to the resumption of its mobile passport service with the plenty of requests it has been receiving from various local government units (LGUs) here.

The mobile passport service was temporarily put on hold following the shift to e-passport.

DFA regional director Sarah Salcedo said that the mobile passport service requires them to have a portable computer or a laptop that has been programmed specifically for the e-passport.

To date they are still waiting for their central office to send them the necessary equipment.

According to Salcedo, her office has been receiving plenty of requests from local government units coming from Aklan, Antique and Capiz.

With the lack of e-passport the regional consular office she said has been trying to accommodate those coming from outside of Iloilo even if they go beyond their daily capability of 400 applications.

At present the DFA’s satellite office in Bacolod City is the one catering to the mobile e-passport service because it has the equipment ready for it.

The Bacolod office accommodates e-passport applicants from the entire Negros Island, she added.

Prior the shift to e-passport the DFA served around 700 to 1,000 applicants for every mobile service that was conducted outside of Iloilo.

The mobile passport service was proven very helpful in the past because applicants from the provinces no longer have to process their forms at the regional office here thus saving them time and money.

What they do is to wait for the DFA personnel to visit their locality upon the request of their local government unit (LGU) and submit their applications.

After processing the DFA personnel will again set a schedule for them claim their passport in the same venue where the mobile passport service was held. (PNA)



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