DFA may close 12 diplomatic posts overseas by 2012

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 4 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be undertaking a rationalization of the country's diplomatic posts abroad that may result to the closing down of 12 posts by end of 2012.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday said a memorandum on the matter has been sent to President Benigno Aquino III last September 30.

"In our memorandum to the President, we have recommended the closure of 12 posts over two years," he said.

"We would like to rationalize the use of limited funds and at best we can avail of the use of these funds and be able to deliver quality services in all aspects related to our foreign policy," he added.

He however refused to reveal the 12 posts.

"I cannot identify … I think that recommendation has been made to the President. We're waiting for him to act on it," he said.

However, he noted that they chose the posts based on their performance.

"We've taken a good look, certain posts obviously have not made (our) standards, they have not been able to pass our criteria," he said.

He added that the DFA could use the allocations for those posts and put it to better use in terms of dedicating to posts that can perform better if they are able to get more resources.

At present, there are 94 posts abroad, 67 of which are embassies, 23 are consulates, and four are missions to international organizations.

Some P100 million could be saved from the closure of the foreign posts. (PNA) DCT/FPV

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