DFA appointment slots were opened and ePayment system launched , Thursday noon.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed in a press briefing that another 50,000 appointment slots were opened starting 12 noon and 9:00 p.m. today, Thursday. From Mondays to Saturday (except holidays), 10,000 slots will be available daily to take in more applicants, Cayetano said .
This was the result of DFA’s earlier commitment that it would add new slots every day at different times to accommodate the surge of applicants.
ePayment system for passport processing was also launched. Applicants must prepay their processing fees through the DFA’s authorized payment centers before they can set their appointment.
According to DFA Secretary Cayetano, there will be no refund for “no-show” applicants and payment are non-transferable.
“With ePayment, we expect that no-shows in our consular offices will be significantly reduced, if not totally eliminated. By prepaying, applicants are encouraged to show up, lest they forfeit their passport processing fee,” Cayetano said.
With ePayment system, DFA aims to eliminate fixers who take advantage applicants.
“The ePayment portal has safeguards in place that will discourage and prevent unscrupulous individuals from hoarding passport appointment slots” Cayetano added.
DFA targets to activate the ePayment system nationwide by August 2018.
The following are DFA’s payment centers: Bayad Center ; EcPay; PeraHub; Robinsons Business Center and Department Stores; Waltermart Department Store; 7-Eleven; USCC Western Union; Villarica Pawnshop.