Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Passports delay a huge inconvenience to OFWs—recruiters

Inquirer
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20101213-308698/Passports-delay-a-huge-inconvenience-to-OFWsrecruiters

MANILA, Philippines—Prospective overseas Filipino workers are having a hard time getting their passports appointments, a recruitment industry leader said in a news release.

INQUIRER.net tried to get the reaction of consular officials, but they have not responded as of posting time.

Eduardo Mahiya, president of the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters Inc., said the two- to three-month backlog for getting an appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs passport processing facilities is unacceptable.

He noted that the DFA special lane for OFWs is only reserved for returning OFWs with visas and a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) contract.

What about the thousands of prospective workers who apply for new job openings that are being marginalized by the long wait for their appointments at the consular office? he asked.

Mahiya said overseas contract workers have to be at their jobsites at a specific time and any delay in their arrivals hurts their chances of going abroad and earning for their families.

And even if the passport applicant is willing to pay the express service of P1,200, the current backlog still results in a long processing time of 15 working days, longer than the 10 days before.

Passport applicants are also frustrated when they return for their release date only to be told to return the following week.

Mahiya also said fixers inside the facility offer to fast-track appointments for P5,000 to P10,000 per applicant.

11 comments:

  1. is it concern for them if how much the people spent money to go back in D.F.A.? they took cash from you to expedite the service but in the long run it is just like a regular service!!!

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    1. I applied to renew my passport here in Cebu DFA last Nov.5 and i am a seaman and suddenly my agency advised me to leave on the 24th as i was scheduled to join my vessel on the 25th in Honolulu. however DFA scheduled to release my passport on the 26th although i paid to expedite it still it will take them 19 days to release business days.i badly need my passport as i was about to leave however DFA Cebu advised that it was Central Bank who my passport who is still under process. I beg to DFA staff in Cebu to help but to no avail.To whom it may concern please help me with this problem. AS per DFA there is no new passport number in the database yet.OR#0010R000245 issued on Nov. 5,2012. Name. Romelito Regis Navarro. This is the third time to renew my passport.My job is at stake if further delays would come up.

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  2. I filed my passport on Jan. 18, its under express processing cost 1,200 for 12 working days, and the releasing date is on Feb. 5, until now the passport is not yet available, but why they can manage to release within 5 days through fixers in an amount of 5,000 to 10,000? because they are paid? shame on you people, too much corrupt, for God sake.

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  3. I filed my passport in tuguegarao on Jan. 18, due date of release is on Feb. 5, but when i was there to pick up the passport it is not yet available, I need at least the passport number, date of issuance, and expiry date to submit my documents to Italy for direct hiring, to whom this may concern, due to urgent need,even without passport, can you please input the details to DFA Tuguegarao Cagayan's master file? name: Christina Carabbacan Bernardo from Victoria Alicia, Isabela DFA OR#7036069 issued on Jan. 18,2011

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  4. KAMING MGA OFW D2 SA JEDDAH NAHIHIRAPAN NA SA INYO... UNG IBA GUSTO NANG UMUWI AT MAG BAKASYON NGUNIT SA KAKUPARAN O KABAGALAN NANG DFA LAHAT KAMI D2 NAKA NGANGA SA KA AANTAY NANG PASAPORTE NAMIN... NAG BABAYAD NAMAN KAMI NANG TAMA EH BAKIT DI NYO GINAGAWA ANG TAMA? ANO BA NAMAN KAYO TAMA BA UNG PAANTAYIN NYO KAMI NANG ILANG BUWAN PARA MAKUHA ANG PASSPORT... SA ISANG BUWAAN OK PA PERO DALAWANG BUWAN DI NA CGURO MAKATARUNGAN.... MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA AMIN...............

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  5. I applied my passport last march 3, 2011 at the regional consular of dfa here in san fernando, pampanga ..i paid 3,000 pesos through an agency,Yes! the agency assisted me inside the office he was the one who paid my passport inside,I was expecting to have it released on thursday April 7,2011 yes! it took me that long because they told me that dfa was having a problem,I agreed to them because if not I might gonna lose my appointment,I was expecting to have it released last thursday April 7, 2011 and till now they have told me that until now my passport was not available because the available passport that dfa delivered unto them was the released date of march 10.. My God bakit naman ganito..pag dating sa pera mabilis kayo,kaya nga kmi pumapayag na mag bayad ng malaki kasi gusto namin maging ok yung proseso..pero bakit ganito nangyayari? kaya walang mangyari sa bansa natin mga makasarili ang mga tao..HINDI KAYO ANG MAKIKIPAGSAPALARAN AT MAGPAPAKATULONG SA IBANG LUGAR PARA LANG MABUHAY ANG PAMILYA. sana man lang kahit yung mga ganitong sitwasyon yun man lang ibalato nyo na sa amin.GUMAWA NAMAN KAYO NG PARAAN..

    RACHEL ANN ARABIT MENDOZA
    date applied (MARCH 3, 2011)
    date released (APRIL 7, 2011)
    DFA REGIONAL CONSULAR OFFICE SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA

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  6. Rachel Ann, natanggap mo na ba ang passport mo? March 4 kasi nag apply ang mother ko pero sa visayas na office at hindi pa din niya natanggap.

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  7. up to now..WALA PA RIN ANG PASSPORT KO!!! ANUNG KLASENG BANSA MERON TAYO!!! CORRUPT...
    ANUNG PETSA NA APRIL 18, 2011 NA..APRIL 7 PA DAPAT NARELEASE UNG PASSPORT KO..PERO SA MAIN ON TIME AND RELEASE ANU PANG SILBI NG MGA SATELLITE CONSULAR OFFICE..

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  8. Ewan ko na lang sa passport ko... March 4 ako nag file dito sa Cebu. Hanggang ngayon, walang passport na dumating..

    Nawawalan na talaga ako ng pag-asa na magbabago pa ang Pilipinas. Walang hiyang mga corrupt na yan, mga importanteng bagay hindi man lang magawan ng maayos na paraan.

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  9. Maraming mga taong nagdudusa at na cancel ang flights dahil sa new passport na yan. At na stress at nauubusan ng pera dahil lng sa ka follow-up kung kelan lalabas at matatapos ang passport na nyan. Wala ba kayung option DFA to compensate us that we dont need to follow up that thing and maybe ma informed man lang kami if the passport is ready for release. Kami po ay nakatingin nlang sa moon at nag iisip na kelan kaya ma release ang passport na nyan. I filed my passport March 28 and the supposed releasing date was May 6. Now, its May 27. I dont have it yet till now. Its already 3 weeks overdue. Please DFA do something. Mag commit naman kayo....

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  10. I applied my passport renewal last Nov.5,2012 at DFA Cebu and was scheduled for release on the 26th however i was scheduled to leave on the 24th as i am a seaman and i need to join my vessel on the 25th in Honolulu. I beg to certain DFA officials here in Cebu if they can help but to no avail. They instead advice that my passport is under process at Central Bank in Manila there is no passport #yet . To whom this may concern :if they could help me with my problem . OR#001R000245 Expedite/name: Romelito Regis Navarro .My job is at stake in this challenges that i encountered from DFA. Thank you.

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