Sunday, 16 May 2010

All 19 DFA regional offices now issue ePassports

MANILA, Philippines—All 19 regional consular offices (RCOs) of the Department of Foreign Affairs have been issuing electronic passports (ePassports) since April 28, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said.

“This way, our kababayans (countrymen) living in the provinces and overseas need not come to Manila to get a passport. They just have to go to an RCO nearest them and avail of the same fast and efficient services,” ne added.

The same day that the RCOs shifted from the machine-readable passport (MRP) to the ePassport, the Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong also rolled out the ePassports, the DFA-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) said.

Other embassies and consulates general will soon follow suit, it said.

In the coming months, the DFA-OCA plans to accommodate more people as it will ramp up the system to accept more appointments—from 2,800 a day to around 3,300 a day, and even more in the near future. It is also aiming for a shorter queuing and turnaround time from receipt of application to the issuance of the passports. Earlier, Romulo said ePassport applications could last no more than 30 minutes from start to end.


  1. good afternoon po...mageemail po ako pra sa pag kuha ko ng passport naka schedule na ko pano po ba yon???

  2. Hello Friends,

    You can go to the nearest DFA Regional offices in your area,
    kindly visit this link:

    Glad to Help.