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Authentication services now available at DFA satellite office at SM Megamall

September 7, 2012 5:30pm

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said its new consular office — the DFA-NCR East at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, is now accepting authentication services.
In a news release, the DFA said the consular office at the 7th floor, Building C of SM Megamall will be processing the following documents for authentication:
1.    NBI, Police and Barangay Clearances;
2.    NSO-issued documents except CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage);
3.    Affidavits of Employment, Trainings, Seminars and Baptismal Certificates;
4.    Other Notarized Documents;
5.    DOH Documents;
6.    PRC Documents;
7.    LTO Documents; and
8.    Foreign documents authenticated by our Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad or documents authenticated by Foreign Embassies/Consulates based in the Philippines.

The processing fee will be:
  • P200 for express processing (one working day), and
  • P100 for regular processing (4 working days).
Applicants are advised to personally hand-carry their documents or an authorized representative who is an immediate family member.

The authorized representative must present the following:
(1) an authorization letter or Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the applicant;
(2) a photocopy of the applicant’s ID card bearing his/her signature;  and
(3) a photocopy of the representative’s ID card bearing his/her signature. 

1,000 applicants at a time

The DFA-NCR East, inaugurated on August 31, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and can accommodate up to 1,000 applicants at a time.
During the inaugural rites, DFA Undersecretary for Administration Rafael Seguis said the new consular office is a step forward for public service.
“The opening of DFA-National Capital Region East is the continuing fruition of the President and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs’ commitment to bringing world class and convenient service to the public,” Seguis said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Seguis and SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia followed, marking the formal opening of the passport office.
On January 16, DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario and SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for SM malls to host five consular offices nationwide under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
The opening of DFA-NCR East is one of several passport offices included in the PPP which aims to bring over P1 billion in savings to be generated by its initiative to transfer its passport offices to shopping malls nationwide.
It also aims to bring consular services closer to the public through a more convenient and hassle-free experience.
"For the DFA, today's event is special to us not only because we are opening a new consular office, but also because today, we are reaffirming our commitment to improve our passport services and to bring our services closer to the public," Seguis said.
The DFA recently opened outlets in:
  • Pacific Mall in Cebu
  • Marquee Mall in Angeles City.
  • Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Aside from this they will also open the following consular offices:
  • SM Manila
  • SM Baguio
  • SM Davao
  • Robinsons Lipa
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Bacolod
  • Robinsons Dumaguete
  • Robinsons General Santos
  • Pacific Mall Legazpi
  • Metro Gaisano Alabang
The other offices to be finished by 2014 offices include:
  • Iloilo
  • Laoag
  • Butuan
  • Batangas
  • Tacloban
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Cagayan de Oro
- with a report from Andrei Medina, VVP, GMA News

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