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DFA opens cafe, relaunches room for nursing moms at Aseana hub

By JP SORIANO,GMA Integrated News

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has made its Consular Affairs Office in Aseana more enjoyable with the opening of Gards Café, a pocket-friendly, espresso-based coffee shop.

This initiative, according to officials, aims to provide convenience and relaxation for the DFA's clientele.

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by top officials including Undersecretary Jesus S. Domingo and Assistant Secretary Henry S. Bensurto Jr., the launch of Gards Café and the relaunch of the Lactation Room took center stage.

The event also celebrated the collaboration between the DFA Multipurpose Cooperative (DFAMPC) and the Office of Consular Affairs.

Bensurto shared his excitement about Gards Café, saying that it demonstrates DFAMPC's continuous support for the DFA.





The café serves both passport applicants and DFA personnel, offering a variety of coffee-based beverages without requiring them to leave the premises.

Bensurto added that Gards Café provides a comfortable atmosphere where both applicants and staff can unwind while enjoying their favorite coffee. "It truly elevates the overall experience within the DFA Consular Affairs Office," he said.

He added that the Lactation Room highlights the DFA's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. "By creating a dedicated space for nursing mothers, the office ensures a gender-responsive environment," Bensurto said.



The event concluded with congratulations to Bensurto, the Office of Consular Affairs, DFAMPC, and the Gards Café team for their successful endeavors.

As the DFA Consular Affairs Office continues its dedication to "serbisyong may malasakit" (service with compassion), these two facilities offering comfort and ease to DFA Aseana visitors "embody DFA's commitment to innovation and providing an enhanced experience for all visitors, especially when waiting for their turn for passport processing," said Bensurto.

A sip of hot espresso-based coffee may just brighten one's Consular experience. — BM, GMA Integrated News