DFA to open new passport offices in Ilocos Norte, Isabela

Paterno Esmaquel II
The new DFA passport offices in northern Luzon, both in Robinsons malls, will operate from Monday to Saturday

PASSPORT PROCESSING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in Aseana, Parañaque City, in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday, May 1, said it is opening new passport offices in Ilocos Norte and Isabela this month.

In a press release, the DFA said it will open a new consular office at Robinsons Place in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, on May 8.

It will open another consular office at Robinsons Place in Santiago, Isabela, on May 15. 

These two new consular offices in northern Luzon will operate from Monday to Saturday.

“DFA is committed to make its passport and other consular services more accessible to our people. The opening of these two consular offices is a firm example of that commitment,” said Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

“The new locations promise more convenient and comfortable passport application, especially for clients within the area and the nearby provinces who will now experience the improvements that we are making in the passport application system,” Cayetano added.

The DFA also announced that starting Wednesday, May 2, it is opening passport appointment slots online for July to September 2018. 

These new passport appointment slots will be for all consular offices in the Philippines, except the DFA’s Aseana office in Parañaque City.

This comes as the DFA draws flak for its backlogs in processing Philippine passports, already the subject of congressional investigations. – Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.