Some 38 Filipinos took advantage of the passport pre-processing conducted by the United Filipino Organization last Sunday, Sept. 15, at the back of the TSL Plaza in Garapan.
UFO president Annamae Adaza said the pre-processing passport application went smoothly, starting after lunch and ending around 4pm.
She thanked TSL Plaza for allowing them to set up at the parking lot and Docomo Pacific for lending them a tent.
Aside from the 38 who submitted documents and filled out forms, Adaza said 15 other Filipinos personally approached her and gave her documents and filled out and signed forms days before the event.
She said UFO has already transmitted all 53 passport pre-processing applications to the Philippine Consulate General in Guam Sunday evening. She said the entire process was made easy and efficient because of the presence of scanners and other equipment.
Adaza said those who were not able to submit documents and filled-out forms can still do so by contacting her through 483-5237 or UFO secretary Mario Mayuga at 285-1021.
Sunday’s activity is in advance of the mobile outreach consular services the Philippine Consulate General will conduct on Saipan from Oct. 7 to 10 at the Daidai Social Hall of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral.
Among the services offered by the consular outreach next month are passport processing, notarials, contract verifications, civil registration, and acceptance of dual citizenship under Republic Act 9225.
Aside from submitting documents to UFO last Sunday, there are two other ways to apply for a passport: through pre-processing or appointment.
Due to limitations in its passport data-capturing capabilities, only 60 applications will be accepted for pre-processing and only 50 applications for passport appointments.
Like the first two mobile consular services, those opting for the pre-processing procedure should email a copy of their passport, application form, and other important documents like marriage certificate, report of birth, or report of marriage to email@example.com.
The consulate general is accepting pre-processing applications until 5pm on Sept. 24. Applications submitted after 5pm on Sept. 24 will not be accepted and will not be given a schedule.
Those without Internet access who wish to apply or renew their passports can do so by setting an appointment with the consulate general by calling 682-2222 up to 5pm of Sept. 24. Ask for Margie Morales and give her details like your full name, date of birth, passport expiration, and contact number.
The consulate general is also reminding everyone that only 200 will be given appointments for ePassport. Therefore those who want to apply for passports should call or sign up as early as possible.
For questions or clarifications regarding the mobile consular outreach, call the consulate general at its toll free number, 682-2222.