Cayetano wants to remove passport appointment system

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) to study the removal of the passport appointment system and other reforms to be introduced to speed up passport application.Cayetano-0722

Addressing department employees at the flag-raising ceremony, he said he instructed his transition team and officials of the DFA passport division to prepare a memorandum containing changes, when and how these will be implemented.

The nationwide Online Passport Appointment System was launched by the DFA last year.

All passport applicants visit the site and select the area and time of their preference to make submissions, aside from applications for replacement of lost passports.

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“I expect by the time I come back from Russia a memo will be on my desk that will contain what, how and when. What can we do to speed up the process and remove the appointment system,” Cayetano said.

The objective is for the applicant to be able to apply for a passport when the individual walks in and get the passport in a few days.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1702674/cayetano-wants-passport-appointment-system-removed