Nagbukas ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ng 800,000 passport appointment slots para sa publiko.
Inianunsiyo ito noong September 8, 2022 ni DFA Assistant Secretary Henry Bensurto sa ginanap na organizational meeting ng Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Ito ay matapos ungkatin ni Senator Imee Marcos, committee chair, ang tungkol sa available slots dahil ang nakalagay sa website ng DFA ay sa March 2023 pa ito magbubukas ng panibagong passport appointment slots.
Paliwanag ni Bensurto, “We are aware of the problems that have been encountered in the past.
“In the last six weeks from the time, I have assumed we have adopted measures both short term, medium term, and the long term now to address those issues of appointment.”
Dagdag pa ng opisyal, “We have opened the slots. We are aware that it’s a question of slots also, and so, we are continuing to open more slots.
“In fact, as of now, we have opened something like 800,000 slots already.”
Ani Bensurto, ang available slots sa ibang bahagi ng bansa ay bubuksan ngayong September at sa October.
Magkakaroon din aniya ng passport on wheels at courtesy lanes para sa senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), at mga buntis.
“We have conducted several of these [passport on wheels]. The whole idea is to bring the government closer to the people rather than wait to come to us, and so this is ongoing.”
Hiniling naman ni Bensurto sa committee na tulungan ang DFA na maipagpatuloy ang temporary offsite passport site.
Aniya, “Because they’re about to expire in December 2022. Every offsite can process 500 applications a day.”
Isinusulong din aniya ng DFA ang availability ng emergency passports.
Paliwanag ni Bensurto, “In theory, as a matter of principle, there may be some need for an emergency passport, regarding an emergency or special cases.
“For example, a person whose relative died will not have time to apply for an ordinary passport, but needs to go to a certain place.”
Kailangan din aniya ito para sa mga nawala ang passport na kailangang bumiyahe agad dahil inaabot ng 15 araw ang clearing period.
Sinabi naman ni Sen. Marcos na suportado niya ang mga programa ng DFA basta's mas mapapabilis ang processing ng passports.
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