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Thursday, July 06, 2017

DFA to Actively Revive Mobile Passport Program Very Soon


The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano is doing its best to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's promise to people to make passport application and processing easy and comfortable to all.  Cayetano said the DFA has started to implement new programs that greatly will benefit Filipinos.  He cited the 10 years validity of the Philippine passport. According to Cayetano, the law has been passed and they are waiting right now is the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Law. Currently, he said the DFA is still issuing a passport with five-year validity.


  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano is doing its best to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's promise to people to make passport application and processing easy and comfortable to all.

Cayetano said the DFA has started to implement new programs that greatly will benefit Filipinos.

He cited the 10 years validity of the Philippine passport. According to Cayetano, the law has been passed and they are waiting right now is the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Law. Currently, he said the DFA is still issuing a passport with five-year validity.





DFA chief said they are studying to make passport renewal easier by abolishing the fingerprint and biometrics in the renewal process. Personal appearance in getting renewed passport may not also need.

Cayetano also said DFA has already purchased more machines to accommodate clients. Two of this machine has delivered to Hong Kong consular office while 10 more in DFA-ASEAN office that can accommodate 1,000 more application per day.

DFA is also considering to revive the mobile passport application to bring services to the people within few months.
Cayetano said that under the mobile passport program, they will visit places with eight capture machine to receive passport application.





The processing of passports at Mobile Passport Services is guided by the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 and its implementing rules and regulations, other relevant Department Orders, Circulars, and Memoranda.

Participation in the Mobile Passport Services must be coordinated with the Passport Coordinator designated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) in advance. The designated LGU Passport Coordinator will collect copies of the application forms from interested applicants at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled date of the mobile passport service.

The LGU Passport Coordinator will inform the applicant of the indicative time during which he or she will have to file the passport application on the scheduled date of the Mobile Passport Service.

Personal appearance is a requirement for all passport applicants.

The Mobile Passport Service will not accept applications for the replacement of lost valid passports but will entertain applications for lost expired passports. The Mobile Passport fee is same with the Expedite Rate.


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