August 01 - August 07, 2005

LC mobile passport service set in September
Only 600 passports would be released

With number of Ilocanos wanting to go abroad increasing, the Laoag City government has once again requested the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Office to conduct another mobile passport service in the city on September 3 to 4.

Ms Gloria F. Peralta, city administrator, made the announcement after the regional DFA signified their intention of coming to Laoag for the holding of the third quarter mobile passport service.

However, Peralta also mentioned that there would only be a limited number of passports to be released. She added that there are only 600 passports to be released.

Peralta is hopeful that if the 600 applicants had been processed early, the DFA personnel may still entertain additional applicants.

The schedule for the passport service would be processing on the first day, and passport release on the second day.

Applicants will be charged P750 for the passport and another P100 at the City Treasurer’s Office, which would be used to fund the use of facilities as mandated by the city’s revenue code.

The applicants’ number will only be given if the P100 had been paid. The number for the passport service is obtainable at the Community Affairs Office (CAO).

The city last conducted a mobile passport service on April where many of the applicants failed to get passports because of lack of requirements.

In this regard, Peralta advised passport applicants to visit the city’s CAO for more information on the requirements needed.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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