Bacolod Councilor Em Ang said the pre-screening of passport applicants for the Passport on Wheels program is ongoing at the Bacolod City Government Center.
The city is sponsoring a Passport on Wheels program on June 18 and 19 at the government center, in time for its 80th charter anniversary celebration.
Ang said the pre-screening of passport applicants started last June 11 and no walk-in applicants will be entertained.
She and Mayor Evelio Leonardia had raised before the Department of Foreign Affairs, the concerns of passport applicants in Bacolod, who have difficulty getting an appointment with the agency in order to process their passports. So the idea of the Passport on Wheels program was opened to them, she said.
“Right now, I think the available slots or appointment with the DFA is from August to September. If you need to renew your passport or you have a contract to work abroad, you cannot get your passport right away, Ang said.
However, the DFA can accommodate important or emergency cases, she said.
Ang said that since it is the 80th charter anniversary of the city, they have invited the DFA for the Passport on Wheels program.
The DFA will fly in about 15 of its staff from the central office to process these applications next week with Bacolod being the first in the Western Visayas to implement this program aimed to help reduce congestion in passport processing, and assist those individuals who cannot go online to schedule their applications, DFA-Regional Consular Office Bacolod officer-in-charge, Carolina Constantino, said.*CGS
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