DFA ASEANA open on Saturdays for passport applications

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The Philippine passport.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will open its doors to passpport applicants on weekends, to meet the huge demand for 10-year passports.

In an advisory on its Facebook page, the DFA said the Office of Consular Affairs will be open for passport applications every Saturday, starting February 10, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The DFA encouraged all applicants to make an appointment through the DFA's Online Appointment System as no walk-in applications will be allowed. The courtesy lanes will be closed as well.

The fee for a 10-year passport is at ₱1,200.

The passport appointment system came under fire in January due to fully-booked appointment slots until March.

The DFA, however, denied the presence of alleged syndicates that hoarded slots to sell at much higher prices.

Due to the uproar, the agency opened 100,000 slots from February to May to meet the demand.

READ: DFA opens 100,000 passport appointment slots

The DFA also recently launched its "Passport on Wheels" mobile passport initiative as part of its plan to accommodate more passport applications.

It added that eight consular offices in key cities and provinces will be opened soon.