Mobile passporting serves 668 applicants in Ifugao
by Dan B. Codamon
Lagawe, Ifugao (6 June) -- A total of 668 applicants for passport processing has been served by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) last May 30 and 31 here as part of its mobile passport service to the people of Ifugao.
This project is a joint endeavor between the Provincial Government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the DFA which is now a part of the yearly celebration of the Ifugao Foundation Day Anniversary during the month of June.
The mobile passport service started in 2005 here and was found out to be very helpful to the Ifugaos who used to file their applications in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan or in Manila thus entailing them more expenses, time and effort so they requested for the continuation of this project.
According to Mr. Joseph Tuguinay, Technical Officer of the DOLE here, this mobile passport services can translate to an economic value of P2,200 as projected savings per applicant if they have to process their passport application in Tuguegarao City. This is derived at by a conservative computation of the cost of travel and food per applicant at P800 for the filing of the application and another P800 for the claim of the passport and in addition by computing the daily wage for the effort for two days valued at P300 per day for another total of P600.
Hence multiplying the number of applicants 668 by P2,200, the mobile passport service has generated an economic savings of P1,469, 600 for all the applicants.
Based on the record of the DFA, of the 668 passport applications filed 538 were being processed while 130 were disapproved because of the lack of some documents and requirements such as authentic marriage contract for married women applicants, no DSWD Certification for minor passport applicants, change of names by previous overseas Filipino workers and no NBI clearances.
The processed passports will be given to the applicants on June 17 when the DFA will return to the province for this purpose.
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Governor Mr. Albert Indunan extended his heartfelt gratitude for the joint efforts of all the agencies involved in making this project a success and a great service to the Ifugao people. (PIA Ifugao) [top]