are plans for Consular outreach to Florida, there were no
definite dates announced.
Anje de Ocampo, community leader from Port St. Lucie, learned about the
DFA order. He wrote: "This process has been in place for years and has
been working just fine. Leave it alone! What happened to common sense?"
Melody, housewife from Fort Myers, want passport services to continue at
PHC due to the number of Filipinos that need the service. “Kung maari eh
ma-retain nalang dito sa Fort Lauderdale yung processing (notarization)
ng passport, kasi marami naman kaming Pilipino dito na kailangan ang
serbisyo ng Consulate dito.”
The DFA order drew rebukes from applicants for the financial burden it
imposes when flying or driving from Florida to the Philippine Embassy in
“Life is tough nowadays,” wrote Brigitte in an e-mail, whose appointment
for passport application at PHC was cancelled. “Most of us cannot afford
both financially and time-wise to travel all the way up to Washington
“It is very burdensome,” in another e-mail from Mia who lives in Miami.
“I am a graduate student with very limited funds and very limited time,
and I cannot afford a trip to DC for my passport to be renewed.”
“I'm not just spending money, I'm losing money. This big government
thing is ridiculous,” said Ray, a businessman. “Next time you know it
they will ask you to put seat belts on. They make you do what they want
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