DFA urged: Prioritize passport appointments in Cordillera

>> Sunday, June 24, 2018

BAGUIO CITY – Members of the city council have asked the Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to prioritize Cordillera residents for passport appointments.
Newly installed DFA-Cordillera chief Dencio Derupe and DFA administrative officer Mayette Iniguid were recently summoned because of complaints regarding unavailability to secure appointments and unethical behavior of one of its employees.
Derupe said since the online appointment system was implemented, DFA-Central Office in Manila is the one handling all schedules and that DFA satellite office in SM City Baguio is merely receiving and processing applications.
Derupe said the DFA in SM City Baguio, manned by only eight staff members, handles 300 to 350 appointments on a daily basis.
Councilor Edgar Avila who led the summons for the DFA asked  priority be given to Cordillera residents before accepting other applications from other areas.
Avila cited another complaint involving Iniguid, saying the latter acted arrogantly when she did not honor an endorsement from an official of Kapangan in Benguet.
Derupe, who answered for Iniguid at the Council, apologized for the incident and assured they will investigate the matter.
Derupe added all the concerns of the city council will be forwarded to the DFA-Central Office for consideration.


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