DFA's New Office for OFWs
The Department of Foreign Affairs faced many criticism when complaints of delay in the processing of passport has increased.
Last June 22, Department of Foreign Affairs Philippine Overseas Employment Agency-Passport Extension Office (DFA-PEO) was re-opened and reported that the processing of passport applications are now going smoothly.
The application and processing of passports in this office is different from the main facility at the ASEANA Business Park in Paranaque City. First-come first-served basis is implemented and only Overseas Filipino workers and their immediate family members are allowed to file their applications.
There is a daily quota in which only eligible OFWs and their immediate family members are prioritized to discourage non-OFWs to file their application in the main branch after acquiring an appointment.
This daily quota scheme will be subjected to periodic review and assessment to accurately provide services to the public’s need. In case the daily quota is reached, applicants are provided on-the-spot appointment for the succeeding days.
An evaluation from the Office of the Passport Director (telephone number 836-7759) can shorten passport processing and releasing to qualified applicants if emergency situation arises.
A copy of Contract of Employment (for new OFWs), or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by POEA (to visiting OFWs), or a valid working visa is presented in order to prove their status and be eligible to apply in the said office.