DFA introduces ‘Passport on Wheels’ project

The Department of Foreign Affairs officially launched on January 15 its Passport on Wheels project in Las Pinas to make passport applications more accessible to public.

The agency said this project could cater to at least 2, 000 walk-in applicants and those who registered in their barangays beforehand.

The DFA currently has four mobile vans, each equipped with passport data capture machines.

“We want to utilize this every single day, Monday to Friday,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters in an interview.

“Until the middle of the year, we want to double capacity, from nine thousand a day we want to be able to process 18,000 a day,” he added.

Cayetano said this program aims to decrease the online passport application waiting time to at least one month.

The Foreign Affairs secretary noted this will also be deployed in Manila and Pampanga, and even outside Luzon.

“Next week, we’ll be head to Central Luzon then when we add (units), we will assign exclusively for Visayas and exclusively for Mindanao,” he said.

Passport on wheels are manned and operated by trained DFA personnel who will process passports, together with APO Production Unit personnel as encoders.