At least 94,000 appointment slots for passport software and renewal have been added by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) underneath its new reforms.
Assistant Secretary Frank Cimafranca of the Office of Consular Affairs stated the 62,450 more slots had been made accessible after the DFA elevated the consular workplaces’ appointment quotas, whereas the remaining 31,900 got here from the cleansing up of bogus appointments created by unscrupulous people.
Cimafranca stated these slots had been opened from July to August, whereas 1000’s more could be opened on Friday for September appointments.
“The goal is to serve as many people as we can efficiently and effectively, so those slots had to be cleaned up. And that’s what we did,” he stated in an announcement.
Cimafranca stated opening extra appointment slots has been complemented by a rise in personnel in charge of processing paperwork.
He famous the rise in personnel has led to the transferring as much as earlier dates of about 900 appointments, and has resulted within the discount of suspended functions underneath investigation — from 33,000 on Aug. 2 to zero as of Aug. 18.
To forestall the pointless use of slots, Cimafranca issued a reminder that senior residents, individuals with disabilities, solo dad and mom, pregnant girls and minors (seven years previous and under) may stroll in with out prior appointment with the DFA when renewing or making use of for passports. (PNA)