No consular operations during Apec summit

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There will be no consular operations at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Aseana office and DFA field offices in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) from November 17 to 19 to give way to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Manila.

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The DFA on Thursday advised the public that passport processing, authentication, consular civil registration and other related activities would be affected by the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) on November 18 and 19.

Those with emergency consular needs such as death of a family member overseas, urgent medical procedures to be done overseas and urgent contractual obligations overseas may be accommodated.

They can contact satellite offices at DFA Metro Alabang, DFA Ali Mall, DFA Robinson’s Galleria and DFA SM Megamall.

All consular operations will resume on November 21, Saturday.

The DFA said those with passport-related queries may send their e-mails to passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph; for authentication concerns, authentication.verification@dfa.gov.ph; and for questions about births, marriages and deaths, atn.unofficial@gmail.com.

The Philippines has been prepping up for the APEC meet the past two years since 21 Asia Pacific leaders and their 20,000-people delegation are expected to arrive in Manila beginning next week.

During the leaders’ week from November 16 to 19, the government will impose road closures, traffic rerouting scheme, and no-fly zones.

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