DFA: Faster release of passports; no fee hike

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Got this new bit for you guys:

 

Good news for those who want to renew or get a Philippine passport for the first time.

There will be a freeze on passport processing fees this year, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez on Tuesday said “there are no formal moves to increase passport costs.”

The agency’s Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) is “not planning any increase in passport processing fees this year,” Hernandez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Regular passport processing, which is pegged at P950 (about $22), can be claimed after 14 working days. “Express,” or expedited, processing in seven days costs P1,200.

The DFA used to charge P500 and P750, respectively, for the issuance of passports. The fees were raised in 2009 following the introduction of  “e-passports.”

In the past two years, the DFA issued at least five million passports, generating more than P6 billion for the government.

This year, the DFA expects to process 2.8 million passports, about 200,000 more than the travel documents it issued in 2011.

Faster processing

In its 2011 accomplishment report, the DFA noted that “the releasing time of passports has been shortened from 31 days to 14 days for regular processing.”

It said “the appointment waiting time for passports has been reduced from 75 days to seven days.”

The DFA has repeatedly reminded passport applicants to schedule an appointment with the OCA to ensure that their applications will be accommodated.

The appointment system “will enable the OCA to preprocess information submitted in advance by a passport applicant, thus avoiding long queues as experienced by walk-in applicants,” the DFA explained.

By appointment

According to the DFA, passport applicants may set an appointment by going online (www.passport.com.ph), or by calling 737-1000.

Travel agents may make an appointment at http://www.dfa.gov.ph or send e-mail to scheduler@dfa-appointment.net. They may also call the DFA trunk line 834-4000 or 834-4961, 834-4855 and 834-3707 for more details.

One of cheapest

The fee of $22  for the regular processing of a passport goes up to $60 at Philippine diplomatic missions abroad.

It is higher because of “transport and logistics costs plus the higher rates for personnel services and utilities in our foreign missions,” said the DFA’s Public Information Service Unit (Pisu).

But Pisu pointed out that the Philippine processing fee was “one of the lowest in Asia, if not the world.”

The fee is way below those of other Asian countries, including Japan ($180), Cambodia ($120), Malaysia ($97), Singapore ($52), Brunei ($37), and Thailand ($33).

The Philippine passport also costs much less than counterparts in the United States ($110) and Canada ($86).

Malls

The DFA has entered into memoranda of agreement with private firms operating malls nationwide, like SM Prime Holdings, Ayala Land, Robinsons Land Corp. and Pacific Mall Corp., for e-passport operations.

“With this move, the DFA was taking a big leap forward as it can now more effectively deliver consular services to the people in modern, more applicant-friendly settings at very little cost to the government,” Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said

“Since the last quarter of 2011, the combined public-private partnership arrangements we have entered into with the private sector on this initiative translates to almost P1.04 billion in savings for the government over a period of 10 years,” he  added.

The DFA is scheduled to inaugurate next month the new offices of DFA-Cebu at Pacific Mall in Mandaue City, according to Hernandez.

“We have actually already transferred there, but operations are not yet in full blast. We are set to open in several other locations nationwide in April and more in June,” he said.

 

DFA: Faster release of passports; no fee hike

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8 thoughts on “DFA: Faster release of passports; no fee hike

  1. grabe tlga yan mga tga dfa n yan magsasabi sabi pa cla n 7 days lng ang rush sobrang mahal pa ng singil nila,kya nga nagpaparush kasi kelangan eh,tas ganun din pla katagal ang aabutin,walang hiya di sana hndi nlng nagparush ang tao kng matagal din pala ang process nila…nkakabwisit tlga.

  2. good day master citizen, maitanong ko lang po sana tungkol sa passport ko sir dapat sana noong july 25 pa yun mna release, bakit hanggang ngayon wala pa? yan nalang po ang kulang ng mga papilis ko po sir, naka ka lungkot naman nito sir please maawa na kayo, tulungan nyo po ako na makuha ko na sana yan ang passport ko po sir, tinanatawagan na kasi ako sa office na inaapplyan ko po sir, paano na to sir pag hindi ko talaga yan makuha ngayong august 25 sir, baliwala na lahat ng nagagastos ko sir,,,,, so please help me sir, nahihirapan na ako sa sitwasyon ko sir, akoy mahirap lamang, tulungan niyo po ako sir master citizen, salamat po

  3. Good noon po,

    I’m Kineath Jean B. Gordiones,meron po akong concern regarding sa passport ko na super delayed na. dapat nong May 30, 2014 ang released pero wala pa din. Tumawag ako sa sa phone pero busy palagi. Sana po mag-reply kayo dito para malaman ko kung kelan ko makuha passport ko. Salamat.

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