The Department of Foreign Affairs in Bacolod City will have a new chief soon.
Florentino Granada, who will come from a DFA post in HongKong, “is very much seasoned and will bring in a lot of expertise”, outgoing Bacolod chief, Carolina Constantino, said yesterday.
Constantino, who is up for transfer to a new post, said Sharon Fajardo will be the interim OIC of the DFA Bacolod, until Granada arrives sometime in September.
She assured that it is not difficult to get a passport despite ones having to get an appointment online.
In fact, the DFA Bacolod releases as many as 100 passports a day, she said.
Constantino pointed out that about 30 percent cancel their passport appointments so this opens up new slots for applicants. The new slots open up everyday so it depends on what time of the day you look or browse on your website, she said.
The DFA, to augment the issuance of passports at its offices, also encourages local government units to sponsor the “Passport on Wheels”, she said.
She said Negros Occident Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has agreed that the provincial government will sponsor one and the Kabankalan City government has also offered to do so.
Details are being threshed out as, in the case of Bacolod City, there was prescreening of applicants to hasten the processing, Constantino said.
About 1,000 passports are processed in a day during a “Passport on Wheels” activity, Constantino said.
The DFA Bacolod office can accommodate only 250 to 300 applicants a day because of its lean personnel and smaller space, she added.*CPG
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