Yolanda victims get free Passports
by FFE PH News staff
Those who survived typhoon Yolanda and want to apply for a replacement passport will be given a leeway, said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). However, the exemptions are valid only until 31 January 2014.
DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said that they are waiving penalty fees and affidavit of mutilation or loss of valid passport for those who have been directly affected by the typhoon.
In place of the notarised affidavit, those who want to apply for a replacement passport need only to:
- write a simple statement on the loss or mutilation of their passports and,
- if applicable, get a barangay certification stating they are victims of the typhoon.
The DFA has its own way of certifying if the applicant is indeed from the typhoon-devastated regions.
Meanwhile, DFA operations in Tacloban City remains suspended. Those who have sent their applications in Tacloban City may also face some delays because of the damage the office sustained.
All applicants from the Eastern Visayas region who have approved or pending applications are advised to do their transactions at the Office of Consular Affairs in Parañaque City. However, applicants with special cases may claim their passports at other DFA Regional Consular Offices upon request.
Concerned applicants can send their requests and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DFA hotline at (02) 556-0000.