THERE will be less hassle for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) applying for passport soon.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that it is considering putting up courtesy lane for migrant workers’ passport application and renewal at its office in Aseana Business Park, Parañaque City (Metro Manila).
Meanwhile, its satellite office at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Quezon City, will be dedicated for OFWs only.
Meaning, the OFWs can go straight to DFA’s offices and they no longer need to book for appointment.
“[This is] to show that we are giving importance to our OFWs and the contribution that they give to the country’s economy,” DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said in a news briefing.
The Robinsons Galeria was chosen, he added, so applicants who may need to transact with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) also on Ortigas Avenue can just easily cross EDSA for passport application.
The OFWs only need to show their employment papers, along with their passport requirements.
Jose cautioned that passport applicants who will not show up on the date and time of their appointment will be banned from applying for 30 days.
The penalty, which will take effect today (June 1), is aimed at encouraging applicants to take their reservation seriously and value their slot.
Jose said 47 percent or at least 800 passport applicants skipped their appointment that results in a two-month delay for several other applicants.
“If there will be no sanction, they will think that they can just not attend on their reservation because it is easy to book online,” he added.
Jose also announced that the DFA would allot 50 additional slots daily for online passport applicants.