Saturday, October 29, 2011

Philippine passport renewal in shopping malls

Soon, I can have my favorite Red Ribbon cake and eat it too (pun intended) while processing my passport!

How is that possible? Read on.

GOOD JOB Department of Foreign Affairs!
"The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced that it will soon start moving its regional consular offices to shopping malls around the country in a bid to improve passport services, and save the government millions of pesos as well.

The DFA has entered into Memorandums of Agreement with the Gokongwei-owned Robinsons Land Corporation and the Gaisano-owned Pacific Mall Corporation for the transfer and hosting of an initial six of the 18 existing DFA regional consular and extension offices and two new regional offices. 
“With this move, the DFA is taking a big leap forward as it can now more effectively deliver consular services to the public in modern, more applicant-friendly settings at very little cost to the government,” DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.
He said he expects to begin transferring the first of nine regional and extension offices to some of the country’s leading malls that are covered under Private-Public Partnership arrangements before the end of the year.

Negotiations are also ongoing with other mall developers for the transfer and hosting of the remaining regional consular offices as well as the opening of new passport extension offices in Metro Manila. lifted from inquirer.net


First it was the driver's license (LTO) then NBI clearance followed. Now, it's the passport's turn. Nice.







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