DFA waives requirements for passport replacements for 'Yolanda' survivors

November 21, 2013 3:58 AM

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By: InterAksyon.com November 21, 2013 10:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that it has waived most of the requirements for the processing of passport applications of persons affected by super typhoon “Yolanda.”

However, applicants should submit a written statement on the loss or mutilation of their passports and, if possible, a barangay certification that they are typhoon victims, the DFA said.

The waiver will be honored by all DFA offices nationwide until January 31 next year, after which applications for passport replacements will be subjected to the usual requirements and fees.

At the same time, the DFA said operations of the Tacloban Regional Consular Office are indefinitely suspended and the passports of those who applied there will be kept at the main consular office in Parañaque City.

These passports can be claimed at the Office of Consular Affairs on Macapagal Avenue or, upon request, from other DFA offices.

The DFA added that there will be delays in the release of some Tacloban residents’ passports because of water damage.

Requests and inquiries may be sent to passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph or call 556-0000.

Source: interaksyon.com

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