One of City of Balanga’s annual priority initiatives, now on its 8th year, is the Mobile Passport Service (MPS), a joint project between the city government, through the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO), and the DFA Regional Consular Offices Coordinating Center (RCOCC).
Mobile Passport Service pre-processes fully accomplished application forms with complete pertinent papers required for new and renewal passport applicants. It is among the highlights of the city government’s efforts to conduct more innovative and high-impact programs for its residents.
With its yearly implementation since the tenure of former-Mayor-and-now-Congressman Joet Garcia, it has benefited many city residents as well as residents from neighboring municipalities.
This year’s MPS consisted of 800 slots. Seven hundred forty-six (746) applicants coming from all over the province queued up at City Hall on November 25 to avail of the service. While 54 applicants failed to come, the activity still yielded 93.25% approval rate for City of Balanga, the highest thus far in DFA’s mobile passporting record which averages only 80% approval rate. This, according to RCOCC Head and Team Leader Bayani G. Sibug, Jr. who lauded the LCRO for the smooth flow and orderliness of the tiring activity which began at 8:00 AM and ended at 8:30 PM.
Passports are due for release on December 23 via its courier-partner LBC. By: Cyrus Dela Cruz