DFA opens up additional slots for passport application, renewal

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The DFA adds more personnel will be added in line with the increase in appointment slots for passport application and renewal.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — More appointment slots for Philippine passport applications and renewals are available from today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

Assistant Secretary Frank Cimafranca of the Office of Consular Affairs said 94,350 additional slots have already been opened from July to August, while "thousands more" will be opened on August 25 for September appointments.

The number of personnel in charge of processing passport documents has been increased to address the volume of applications, Cimafranca said in a statement.

At the DFA's main hub in Aseana in Pasay City, passport applications increased to 3,300 per day from 1,900, because of additional personnel, he said.

Some 900 appointments were moved up to earlier dates, and the number of suspended applications was brought down to zero on August 18 from a backlog of 33,000 on August 2, Cimafranca said.

To save up on slots, Cimafranca reminded senior citizens, persons with disabilities, solo parents, pregnant women, and children seven years old and below can walk in consular offices without setting a prior appointment, since they can use the courtesy lane.

He also reminded the public that there is no charge for an appointment and to stop patronizing fixers.