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US Immigration

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

Bad news for Philippine passport applicants in Florida


Philippine Passport applicants in Florida will now have to fly or drive to the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. and personally appear before a consular officer. WDCPE plans consular staff outreach trips to Florida. Costs of roundtrip airline tickets or transportation, food, and lodging will be shouldered by Philippine taxpayers.

Though Filipinos in Florida will have to live with the DFA order, for most of them, it may not be the end of the issue. “People who go to the Philippines are source of national revenue, some invest in the Philippines,” said Pete Barrameda, a community advocate in Palm Beach.

“Why is the DFA making it more difficult for passport applicants? The Honorary Consulate has already been notarizing passport applications since 2008 and Filipinos in Florida praised the government for that,” Pete added.

“Policies should work for the good of the Filipino people, not for bureaucratic whims,” Pete chided. “With a new administration looming, I hope change happens, if not to the policies, maybe the policy makers. The goal of the government in bringing itself closer to the Filipino people is drifting away!” (E-mail comments to: press @

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