Tuesday, January 12, 2010

renew your passports at the new DFA building

the department of foreign affairs (DFA) has just acquired a P530-billion building at aseana business park, located on macapagal corner bradco avenue in paranaque. the building is set to open to the public in the first quarter, and will be the new HQ for epassport applications, as well as the home of the electronic authentication system, electronic visa, and the consular records system.

according to this article from the inquirer, the place is (or will be) pretty high-tech--CCTV cameras, fiber-optic lines, and other modern telecommunications thingamajigs are installed in the 7,000-square-meter glass-and-steel structure. i'd like to see this one when they open, even though i have no reason to go to the DFA until my passport expires.

at the moment, epassport applications are still status quo: for those who want to renew their passports, just go to the DFA website, or call the helpline number at +632-5560000. i hope migrating the system won't be too much of a hassle.

thanks to pi santiago for the heads up on this article.

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