January 19, 2009

Advisory on Mobile Passport Service, Hosted by the Local Government Unit

The processing of passports at Mobile Passport Services is guided by the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 and its implementing rules and regulations, other relevant Department Orders, Circulars and Memoranda according to Ms. Eleanor Banzuela Belgica, officer-in-charge of the Regional Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs based in San Fernando, La Union.

The Deparment of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has been issuing the Machine Readable Passport (MRP). The maroon-colored MRP contains a data summary in a format that is capable of being read by machine.

Participation in the Mobile Passport Services must be coordinated with the Passport Coordinator designated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) in advance. The designated LGU Passport Coordinator will collect copies of the application forms from interested applicants at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled date of the mobile passport service.

Passport application requirements include personal appearance, except for minors who are 8 years old and below and senior citizens who are 65 years old and above, and submission of the completed application form, 3 colored passport photos with royal blue background, authenticated birth certificate and at least two government-issued identification cards and documents proving the applicant’s identity and citizenship.

Miss Belgica, whose mother hails from Alaminos, Laguna, added that LGU Passport Coordinator will inform the applicant of the indicative time during which he or she will have to file the passport application on the scheduled date of the Mobile Passport Service.

· The Mobile Passport Service will not accept applications for the replacement of lost valid passports but will entertain applications for lost expired passports.

· Belgica said the Mobile passport fee is P 750.00 which must be covered by official receipt. (Ruben E. Taningco)

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