Philippine Electronic Passport Renewal Center to Facilitate Pro …
(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Ambassador of the Philippines to Qatar, HE Alan L Timbayan, yesterday inaugurated the new Philippine Electronic Passport Renewal Center (PaRC) in Doha.
The PaRC is located at the Al Shoumoukh Towers and is operated by BLS International. It would respond to requests from Filipinos with ordinary passports, which do not result in changes to the holder’s passport file. The Philippine Embassy monitors applications to the PaRC. The Embassy is still responsible for producing passports, which would take four to six weeks of processing time. All passports renewed at the PaRC must be collected at the Center.
“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) remains proactive in finding solutions that would continue to improve its services, regardless of the challenges,” Ambassador Timbayan said during of the opening.
With more than an estimated 250,000 Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) employed in various sectors in Qatar, the ambassador said the volume of applications required the opening of the PaRC and the government’s commitment to facilitate access to services for Filipinos around the world. has set up an online appointment system for passport renewal applications to ensure that health protocols are strictly adhered to at its premises.
Although the Embassy accepts and processes on average over 200 passport renewal applications per day, the need for passport services remains considerably high. ). The realization of this center is the result of the tireless efforts of the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide more accessible and convenient passport services to the Filipino community in the State of Qatar, ”he added. Qatar is the third country in the Gulf region after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to have opened a ParC by the Philippine government.
The services will operate every day from Sunday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. The QR 240 passport fee will be charged for the application process, while BLS will collect an additional QR91 as a convenience fee. This would be a small price to pay for many Filipinos, who have had to wait longer to get an embassy appointment.
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