The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have announced that they will begin to impose penalties against passport applicants who do not show up during their scheduled appointments, GMA Newsreported.
DFA Secretary Jose Rene Almendras warned that starting June 1, there will be a 30-day ban imposed on people who reserved slots but end up as no-shows.
"If you don't show up, you're going to be put aside for at least a month. So please take your reservations seriously," he said during an interview with ANC.
Almendras said this was the DFA's response to people who have stalled their system with unfulfilled reservations. He explained that the delinquencies created a waiting time of up to two months, affecting those who are direly in need of a passport.
He added that at least 47 percent of those who apply do not show up during their respective appointments.
Meanwhile, Almendras also appealed to the public to bear with the passport application processing time which currently takes over two hours. He said the DFA is transitioning to a new system that will speed this up, but applicants need to patiently undergo this process for now.
The government arm receives at least 15,000 passport applications daily, of which 4,000 are bumped off due to identification and other security issues.