To improve the releasing period of passport, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that starting October 1, 2018, it will be shortened to as early as six working days.
Before passport applicants have to wait 30 working days in order to hold their passports.
“We made a promise to the President and to our kababayan that we will work hard to give them fast, efficient, and secure passport services,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement from New York where he is attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“Shortening the length of time our kababayan would have to wait before they could receive their passports is part of that promise,” Secretary Cayetano added.
Passport applicants at the DFA Consular Offices in Metro Manila, who will avail of the regular processing for PHP950, will receive their passports after 12 working days instead of the current 15 working days.
Those who opt to pay the express processing fee of PHP1,200 can receive theirs after six working days, instead of seven.
Cayetano said that this efforts to increase the capacity of the DFA to absorb the surge in passport applications.
“From the 9,500 passports that were being processed daily in May last year, we have increased our capacity to almost 20,000 passports a day. We endeavor to increase this number to 30,000 by the end of the year,” Cayetano said.