January 16, 2018

DFA launches Passport on Wheels in NCR

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  • The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on January 15 launched the Passport on Wheels (POW) program, led by DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Cynthia Villar, at the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) in Barangay Pulang Lupa in Las Piñas City. About 1,500 applicants were served during the day.

    IMAGE Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines Facebook page

    Initiated by Cayetano, the Passport on Wheels program aims to enable more Filipinos, especially those in areas not easily accessible to DFA Consular Offices, to obtain a passport by bringing the service right to their doorstep.

    Currently, DFA has four mobile vehicles that are each equipped with five passport data capturing machines (DCMs) and a capacity of 500 applicants per day. POW will initially cover parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) that are not currently served by the six mall-based DFA Consular Offices.

    IMAGE Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines Facebook page

    In the past months, criticism of the DFA arose due to the difficulty of acquiring slots through the DFA online passport appointment system. Waiting time for applicants usually extended up to three months. As a response, the DFA launched the POW program, along with the increase of the capacity of the online appointment system which aims to reduce the waiting time to three weeks.

    It was also announced that the DFA will open more passport appointment slots starting this January until March.


    Sources: Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) Facebook page, Senate of the Philippines website
    Images from: Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines Facebook page

               
               
    Recent Comments

    where is the next location of POW?

    Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    When will passport on wheels schedule roxas city capiz?

    Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Please schedule one in burgos, ilocos norte.. .

    Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Good morning, everyone.

    Thank you for the overwhelming response to our article. As much as we’d like to help, we are not affiliated with the Department of Foreign Affairs in any way.

    For the Passport On Wheels schedule, kindly coordinate directly with the Department of Foreign Affairs or check with your respective municipal or city hall.

    Thank you.

    staff
    4 weeks ago

    Please can you tell me where is the next place schedule for passport on wheels this february or march 2018..thank you

    Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    when does pow visit cavite

    Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    When is the next visit of passport on wheels?

    Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    when will you come to Laguna for the passport renewal?

    Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    How When Where is the next visit of the passport on wheels? thanks!

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    a month ago

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    Anonymous
    a month ago

    when is the next location pow

    Anonymous
    a month ago

    when is the next visit of this pow

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    a month ago

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    a month ago

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