DFA announces adjustments in passport delivery, release

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2019   •   2931

Philippine passports

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) issued an advisory on Sunday (August 18) regarding adjustments on delivery and release of passports due to system upgrade.

In its advisory, the DFA said the system upgrade in its ePassport system takes effect immediately until September 2019 when the upgrading process is expected to complete.

Once the system is improved, the DFA said, regular passport processing will now take 15 working days instead of the current 12 working days for all consular offices (CO) nationwide.

Expedited processing, meanwhile, will now take eight working days for applications processed at DFA Aseana and CO in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Applications processed in COs outside the NCR will take 10 working days, once the system resumes operation.

DFA temporarily closes some passport service sites amid rising COVID cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday announced it will be temporarily closing some of its consular offices amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

In an advisory, the DFA said its Office of Consular Affairs (OCA), Consular Offices (COs) and Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (TOPS) sites will temporarily suspend operations from January 10 to 20, 2022 due to the steep rise in COVID-19 cases among their personnel.

During the temporary suspension of operations, no passport or Apostille applications will be processed or released, the DFA said.

Operations shall resume on January 21, 2022.

Kindly direct any inquiries to the Consular Office where the application was filed, the department said.

The following offices will be closed from January 10 to 20:

  • CO La Union (January 10-14)
  • CO NCR East
  • CO NCR North
  • TOPS Robinsons Novaliches

The following offices will be closed from January 12 to 20, 2022:

  • DFA Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana Business Park, Paranaque City
  • CO NCR Central
  • CO NCR Northeast
  • CO NCR South
  • CO NCR West
  • CO Antipolo
  • CO Angeles
  • CO Baguio
  • CO Dasmarinas
  • CO Iloilo
  • CO Lucena
  • CO Malolos
  • CO San Pablo
  • TOPS Newport Mall
  • TOPS Robinsons Las Pinas
  • TOPS Robinsons San Pedro Laguna
  • TOPS SM Manila
  • TOPS SM MOA
  • TOPS SM North EDSA

Affected Passport and Apostille applicants originally scheduled from January 12 to 20, 2022 at DFA Aseana are advised to refer to their new schedule of appointments posted at the DFA website.

“Please expect an email with further details about your appointment which will be sent to the email address you used when you booked your application,” the DFA said.

DFA to cancel, dispose unclaimed passports issued before December 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the cancellation and disposal of all unclaimed passports that were scheduled for release before December 2020.

In a statement, the DFA said that effective January 10, 2022, unclaimed passports will be cancelled and disposed in accordance with the DFA Department Order No. 2021-012 on the disposal of unclaimed and spoiled passports.

Those who are yet to claim their passports that were schedule for release before or in December 2020 may take them until January 7, 2022 at the DFA Consular Office.

“Those who are unable to claim their passports at the respective DFA Consular Offices before January 7, 2022 must file a new passport application after securing a certificate of unclaimed passport from DFA Aseana or at the DFA Consular Office where they were processed,” the department said.

The DFA said that passports scheduled for release after December 2020 are not affected and may still be claimed from the DFA Consular Office where they were processed.

The department advised the public to claim their passports within 30 days from its scheduled release.

Applicants may authorize another person to claim the passport on their behalf “provided the authorized persons comply with the requirements indicated in the DFA website.

Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after incident in Ayungin Shoal

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — “The acts of the Chinese Coast Guard vessels are illegal. China has no law enforcement rights in and around these areas. They must take heed and back off.”

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin issued this statement reflecting his distaste in the recent standoff between the Philippine vessels and the Chinese Coast Guard in Ayungin Shoal on Tuesday, November 16.

In a Twitter post, the DFA said three Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and water cannoned two Philippine supply boats en route to transport food supplies to Philippine military personnel in Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal).

No one was hurt in the encounter but the Philippine troops had to abort their resupply mission.

“I have conveyed in the strongest terms to H.E. Huang Xilian, Ambassador of China and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing our outrage, condemnation, and protest of the incident,” Secretary Locsin said.

“I reminded China that a public vessel is covered by the Philippines-United States Mutual Defense Treaty,” he added.

The DFA chief maintained that “Ayungin Shoal is part of the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), which is an integral part of the Philippines, as well as  the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and over which the Philippines has sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction.”

Locsin added that the Chinese Coast Guard’s failure to exercise self-restraint would eventually harm the special relationship between the two countries which President Rodrigo R. Duterte and President Xi Jin Ping have worked hard to nurture.

The Philippines, Locsin said, will continue to provide supplies to its military personnel in Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal).

“We do not ask permission to do what we need to do in our territory,” Locsin reiterated. —/mbmf

 

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