Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has vowed to enhance company’s passport system by the center of his yr amid the new marketplace for passport slots cornered by favored journey businesses.

In a tv interview, Cayetano mentioned there right here had been no new workplaces created or consular workplace workers promoted when he took over.

“As soon as I got in last May 2017, ang nakita ko, hindi tayo nagdagdag ng opisina, hindi tayo nagdadagdag ng tao, ni hindi napro-promote o nagiging regular yung maraming casuals,” he mentioned.

“Last year alone, 600,000 more applied for passports and then the previous supplier, the previous printer that had allegedly corrupted data, so we have to have to get everyone now,” he added.

Cayetano mentioned the company would improve capability from 19,000 a day to 30,000 per day, which ought to transfer its appointment system from three months at current to two weeks or one month.

They would coordinate with the Department of Budget and Management for the institution of eight new workplaces and 4 posts overseas – the Philippine Consulate General in Houston, in addition to in Frankfurt and Al-Khobar, and a Philippine Embassy in Copenhagen.

The new DFA workplaces are:

• Region I: San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
• Region II: Santiago, Isabela
• Region III: Malolos or Meycauayan, Bulacan
• Region Four-A: Calamba or San Pablo City, Laguna; Dasmariñas City, Cavite, or Antipolo, Rizal
• Region 10: Oroquieta City or Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental
• Region 11: Tagum, Davao del Norte

Cayetano mentioned they might ask for funds for 10 extra passport-on-wheels vans after the initiative proved to be a success and served over 25,000 candidates since its launch on January 15. (PNA)