Sunday, October 17, 2010

Update on Quota and Schedule for Passport Application

There is an update from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore that:

Effective immediately, the Philippine Embassy shall

  • accept passport applications from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.,
  • or when a quota of 150 applicants is reached, whichever is earlier, from Sundays to Thursdays, except on public holidays.

For security reasons, only applicants who are renewing their passports or requiring other official services in the Embassy shall be allowed inside the Embassy premises.

Applicants are requested to bring complete requirements in order to avoid unnecessary delays in processing.

I don’t agree on the “when a quota of 150 applicants is reached” part. What if you arrived at the embassy at around 11:00 AM you found out that the quota has been reached for the day, then you just wasted your time.

If they really wanted to avoid this circumstances, they should make it easy to check what is the current quota count, maybe through web-based, sms or IVR.

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