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Filipinos Complained Over DFA’s Fully Booked Passport Appointment Slots

iMoney 1/12/2018 Marc Adrian
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The first step in renewing or getting your first passport is by booking a schedule in Department of Foreign Affair’s website. However, for majority of Filipinos, this has been an impossible task to accomplish recently, as DFA’s schedule has been fully booked until March. Additionally, according to DFA’s website, the schedules for April and onwards have yet to be opened.

A handful of netizens have been posting their frustration on Facebook and twitter, with some claiming that all schedules until March have been fully booked since December 2017.

Meanwhile, others have alleged that “syndicates” are hoarding the schedules and are behind all this DFA fiasco. According to a netizen, many travel agencies are selling appointment schedules for as much as ₱7,000.

In September last year, DFA has already barred travel agencies from getting appointment slots to make room for individual passport applicants. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore since travel agencies are still selling appointment slots for a steep price, compared to the regular processing fee of DFA ranging from ₱900 to ₱1,200.

However, earlier today January 12, 2018, to address the issue, DFA has announced that it will open all the slots in their passport appointment site.

source: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/01/11/DFA-passport-appointment-schedule.html

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