October 20, 2018

PH Passport: Now Attainable for as Fast as 6 Days

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  • Holidays are slowly inching in, and we know you have thoughts of planning a visit or a vacation outside of the country. If it happens that you lost your passport, planning to process or renew and among many other reasons to get a passport, this would be a great news to you!

    Also read: Passport Application 101: Requirements to Get a Philippine Passport

    Effective starting October 1, 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) processing of passports will be shortened and will be available to as fast as six working days.

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    We made a promise to the President and to our kababayan that we will work hard to give them fast, efficient, and secure passport services,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano cited in a new release. “Shortening the length of time our kababayan would have to wait before they could receive their passports is part of that promise.”

    Processing fee at DFA Consular Offices in the capital cost to Php 950, attainable within 12 working days from the previous 15 working days. There is another option for a quicker processing, you can pay the processing fee of Php 1,200 where applicants can acquire their passports within 6 working days from the previous 7-day processing.

    Asides from the processing period, the DFA Secretary also vowed to those passport applications that are submitted at Philippine Embassies and Consulate General globally will be decreased in terms of the waiting period — from the usual two months waiting time — and also the securing online appointment schedule to two week to a month from the previous three months.

    “From the 9,500 passports that were being processed daily in May last year, we have increased our capacity to almost 20,000 passports a day. We endeavor to increase this number to 30,000 by the end of the year,” the Secretary added. “Providing better passport services is at the heart of our work at the DFA.”

    All of the convenience with regards to the passport processing is courtesy of the filed reforms took place which that started in the previous year. This resolution enables to pile up the capacity of the DFA to process passport application — which includes e-payments and taking in a minimum 10,000 slots from 12 n.n. to 9 p.m. — from Monday until Saturday, holidays are not included in the schedule.

    Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

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