Cayetano to junk online application for passports

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants to do away with the online application of passports and revert to the walk-in system wherein applicants need not set appointments before submitting their applications.
Cayetano directed his subordinates to come up with a detailed plan on how to shift from the appointment system.

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“The moment I arrive from Russia, I want to see on my table a memorandum detailing how to revert back to walk-in passport application,” the former senator from Taguig City said during the flag-raising ceremony yesterday.

He explained that he wants passport applications processed in a day so that applicants need only wait for three days at the most for the issuance of their passports.

Under the online application system, at least 2,500 applicants seek appointments every day. However, it takes three months for them to be invited for a personal appointment and at least 10 days before they get their passports.

Cayetano believes that under the walk-in system, the processing of passports can be done faster.

“If we need to hire more casuals, then so be it. Use my salary for the meantime to pay them. I was told we have P15 million and 15 more machines. A machine produces 60 passports a day and it could be raised to 80,” he said.

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  1. then this walk in system will revert to first come first serve basis and will result to long lines as early as 4 am which happens to be irritate PRRD.

  2. Excellent choice in getting rid of on-line passport application because DATA can be manipulated while applying online. Remember couple or more years ago when there were so many Indonesians having Philippine Passports to attend Haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia? They were holding Philippine Passport and cannot even speak a broken tagalog, kahit konti man lang sana, and how did they acquire these passports? Sa on-line, siyempre! Sa katalinuhan ng mga taga DFA noon, naisahan pa rin ng mga dayuhan.

  3. Lea Hetherington on

    It would be really nice if getting Philippine passport would be just walk-in and in one day, because living here in the USA is that I have to go to another state to renew my passport. Walk-in and one day would be more easier and I really appreciated if this policy will implemented. Thank you Mr. Cayetano.