The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opens 100,000 passport appointment slots for passport applicants today, June 14.
In a press conference, foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the appointment slots will be released in two batches – 50,000 slots will be available at 12 noon while the other half will be released at 9 PM.
Cayetano also revealed that there are plans to release 10,000 slots daily except Sundays and holidays, at 12 noon and 9 PM.
The announcement was made following the release of the ePayment portal, which will allow applicants to pay their processing fees ahead of time, a move to ease the lines in consular offices.
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Earlier this year, DFA’s appointment system faced backlash after applicants reported a difficulty in booking appointment dates.
Cayetano promised better services from the DFA starting June as the department continues to improve its services and as it acquires new equipment.