Special Passporting Set By DFA

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced yesterday that its Mobile Passporting project originally slated here in October this year has been cancelled and a new system of special passporting services will be implemented.

Citing a letter from the DFA Regional Director Tomara Mayo who is based in the DFA Regional Consular Office in Lucena City, Mayor Vicente Amante said the activity in October has been cancelled due to the DFA's ''New Guidelines on the Special and Mobile Passport Services'' policy.

Under this policy of ''bringing consular services closer to the people,'' Mayo explained in the letter that the DFA is focusing now on its mall-based consular offices in the region.

From Mobile Passport Services (MPS), the DFA is now implementing Special Passport Services (SPS) to accommodate more applicants especially during weekends.

Under this service, local government units will be provided guaranteed slots for their applicants to appear in the office on a Saturday for the processing of their passport applications.

The DFA will continue to accommodate requests from LGUs for Mobile Passport Services if the host LGU could guarantee a minimum of 500 applicants.

The DFA 4-A operates from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Saturday transactions done by appointment and Sundays devoted only for releasing of passports from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.