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Friday, January 19, 2018

Getting Passport for First-time OFWs, Now Easier, Faster


Getting a passport for first time Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will now be easy. Last Friday, January 19 the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) starts the online portal for the first time OFWs who are applying for a passport.    Instead of securing an online appointment for passport application, first time OFWs may get aid from accredited recruitment agencies to secure them appointment slots through the online portal.
Getting a passport for first time Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will now be easy. Last Friday, January 19 the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) starts the online portal for the first time OFWs who are applying for a passport.


Read: Processing of Passport with 10-Year Validity Starts January 3

Instead of securing an online appointment for passport application, first time OFWs may get aid from accredited recruitment agencies to secure them appointment slots through the online portal.

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Under the system, 1,000 passport appointment slots will be given to 170 accredited recruitment agencies daily. Just like securing an online appointment, DFA reminded OFWs that securing a passport appointment through the online portal is also free of charge. Recruitment agencies have been warned that they will be removed from the system is caught charging OFWs in the said services.



Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano led the launch at the DFA-ASEANA office said that the system will ease the difficulty of first-time OFWs in availing the courtesy lane and enable them to secure appointments fast.

On the other hand, Cayetano said the DFA is studying the possibility of implementing longer work hours of 12-16 hours for DFA personnel to process more passport daily.

Cayetano added that 140 machines are expected to be delivered soon and will be deployed to satellite offices across the country and abroad to increase capacity. Each machine can process 80 to 100 passports in an 8-hour period.


Read: DFA to Open 9 Consular Offices in Provinces to Step-Up Passport Processing
He said the DFA is declining the request of travel agencies to restore their allotment of 1,000 passport appointment slots, as the DFA is currently prioritizing sectors authorized by law to be given priority such as OFWs, PWDs, the pregnant, single parents, and senior citizens.







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Filipinos love to travel, not just here in our beautiful country but also in different countries around the world. To go out of the country, one most important document you should have is the Philippine passport! And if you already have it, don't you know that you can enter 62 countries and territories without the need to apply for a visa before leaving? Yes, it is!



It looks like that the demand for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) abroad is still increasing and may still increase in the coming years. Be it skilled or unskilled workers and even professionals. We cannot deny that OFWs are earning more compared to what they get in working in the country.







According to the study of Economic Resource Center for Overseas Filipinos, 76% of business put up by OFWs failed not only because they lack the skills but because they were lured into business enterprises that they have no background about.



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