The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that its Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana will be open to passport applicants starting on February 10 as part of its efforts to address growing demands for passports.
In a statement, the agency said applicants who booked through the DFA’s appointment system online will be accommodated.
“Strictly no walk-in applicants shall be entertained,” the DFA said.
It added, however, that its courtesy lane facilities and the Authentication and Consular records will not be available.
Meanwhile, non-passport services and courtesy lane facilities will still be offered at all mall-based DFA regional and satellite offices every Saturday.
The foreign affairs agency said this move “complement” with its Passport On Wheels initiative which was launched last January 15.
DFA is also set to open additional eight consular offices in key cities and provinces, and implement its e-payment system.