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Filipinos in America

Posted 05/15/2010
(Page 2 of 5)

Bad news for Philippine passport applicants in Florida


On March 31, 2010 the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC ordered the Philippine Honorary Consulate to stop accepting passport applications immediately.

“The Embassy verbally ordered us over the phone to immediately stop accepting passport applicants,” said Mrs. Marilou Macatangay, who works at the PHC. “We were also forced to cancel over 80 appointments to the indignation of those who’ve scheduled time-off with their employers and made travel arrangements to PHC.”

It turns out those were the least of inconveniences passport applicants would have to face. 

“WDCPE told us they will not accept even those which we already had, over 100 applications,” said Mrs. Macatangay. “We were ordered to return these to the applicants. I was told over the phone that WDCPE will be overwhelmed with work doing the passports.”

“It is difficult to rationalize why the notarized applications had to be returned to applicants,” explained Mrs. Macatangay. “It would be a loss of time and money for hardworking Filipinos. It's a tough economy, so yes, I did mail those to WDCPE.”

In a phone interview with the WDCPE, Basta Pinoy News learned that two issues caused DFA to order WDCPE to rescind the arrangement with PHC regarding the personal appearance of passport applicants.

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