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DFA to open more consular offices
By Ashley Manabat

Mar 08, 2018

CLARK FREEPORT – In order to allow the faster delivery of passports, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the region said 10 more consular offices will be established nationwide, including two in Central Luzon.

This is in addition to the department’s 27 total regional consular and satellite offices, said DFA regional director Edmundo Mangubat during the “Talk Widus” media forum organized by the Pampanga Press Club in cooperation with the Widus Hotel and Casino here at its Macau Room on Wednesday.

Mangubat also said there are two ways of applying or renewing passports. First is via online but it is filled up almost immediately after its announce ment.

“So, we have a priority lane as a second option which means that we have opened the doors for walk-in clients,” he said.

However, Mangubat said walk-ins only covered senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), solo parents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), children below seven years old and their companions.

He clarified that there are no passport backlogs in Region 3 but only those who fail to get appointments.

“But for Filipinos who have pressing commitments abroad like those who need to attend to an urgent appointment or attend seminars or scholarship programs or will represent Pampanga or the country, usually we approve those kind of pressing concerns,” Mangubat explained.

“If there are other problems that can be fi xed, we do our best to address them,” he added.

Travel agencies have been imposed with restrictions because passport applicants can book appointments with the DFA without incurring any cost, he explained.

Mangubat said to ac- commodate more applicants for passport services, he requested Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando, where the Pampanga consular office is located, to allow passport applicants inside the mall at 9 a.m., an hour before the mall opens.

The regional director, who was assigned here in November 2017, complimented the media saying “it is a good avenue for communicating with our people.”

Mangubat was formerly assigned in Re- gions7 and 8 and said his home base is in Cebu. Before his assignment in the province, Mangubat came from Brazil and Macau.

He said he was also assigned at the DFA regional office in Region 4, Calabarzon and Mimaropa, “and this is my third regional assignment.”

“This is indeed a great opportunity for me to be with Kapampangans,” he added.

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