RESIDENTS of Parañaque City and other nearby areas will have the chance to apply or renew their passports without having to go to the main consular affairs office on August 15 this year, after the city government coordinated with and subsequently availed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) mobile passport service project.
Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez has urged his constituents to avail the one day only passport service to be held at the city hall during which consular office personnel would come to provide the necessary assistance and process the applicants’ passport.
“I encourage our residents to avail of this initiative because it would give them the chance to apply for their passports without having to go through long queues such as when they are at the main consular office while enjoying the same full services to be given by our friends from the DFA” he said.
The deadline for submission of application forms will be on July 27 to be submitted at the City Tourism Division Office on first come, first serve basis while the actual interview and evaluation will be held on August 15 from 8am to 4pm.
The mobile passport project was also realized through the efforts of 1st District Cong. Eric Olivarez who made the representation with the DFA after hearing numerous requests for an easier way to apply for passports from their constituents.
“Sa tuwing dumadalaw po ako sa mga barangay na nasasakupan ng ating distrito ay isa po sa madalas kong naririnig na hiling nila ay iyong makapag—apply daw sila ng passport na hindi na kailangang magtungo at pumila sa ating consular office” Cong. Olivarez said.
“At dahil mahal natin ang ating mga mamamayan at isinaalang-alang ang kanilang mga kahilingan ay gumawa po kami ng paraan kasama si Mayor Edwin para ang DFA na ang magtungo sa ating lugar at sa ganoon ay mabigyan sila ng pagkakataong mag-apply ng kanilang mga pasaporte” he continued.
Mayor Olivarez for his part expects a huge turn-out of passport applicants especially since Parañaque is now one of the fastest growing cities in the country with the influx of foreign and local tourists who frequent several world class hotels and resorts in the area.
“The sudden rise in investments in the city has given our people the chance to earn decent wages and thus giving them the ability to travel not only in the country but also abroad” the mayor explained.