U.S. Embassy services suspended March 4 to 8 due to relocation

March 4, 2011 1:22 pm 

MANILA, March 4 — Various offices of the U.S. Embassy suspended public services from 12 noon on Friday, March 4, through Tuesday, March 8, while they move into a new building on the same embassy compound at Roxas Blvd. in Manila, it was announced.

Services will resume on Wednesday, March 9.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs services, which are located in a new building and the clinic on the embassy’s Seafront compound in Pasay City will not be affected by the move.

The embassy said the building project represents US$ 130 million investment in the local economy, 2,000 jobs created, and 6,000,000 safe work hours.

The number of service windows for passport and visa applications and other services in the new office building has expanded from 66 to 99.

"This will allow the public to have a more efficient, faster, and more pleasant experience in acquiring visas, passports, and other documents," the announcement said.

Offices with services and/or operations suspended include: the Consular Section’s American Citizen Services, Immigrant Visa Services, and Non-Immigrant Visa Services.

Also suspended are those of the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Public Affairs Section’s Public Affairs Counselor and Press Office, and the Protocol Office.

During the move, all embassy e-mail and internet service for “state.gov” addresses will be unavailable from 2:00 p.m. on March 4 until the early afternoon of Saturday, March 5. Telephone service, including the main embassy switchboard number, 301-2000, will be down for a very short while on the afternoon of Friday, March 4.

During those e-mail, internet, and phone service outages described above, embassy offices may be contacted by telephone via the switchboard at the following landline numbers: 526-9819, 526-9820, 338-1702, and at the following cell phone numbers: 0918-948-6410, 0918-902-6517, 0918-948-6394, 0918-948-6350, and 0918-948-0013.

Embassy employees will also continue to have telephone and texting service via their own mobile phones. (PNA)

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