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DFA opens 1st authentication center for Visayas

Philippine Information Agency
15 Sep 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- Residents in the Visayas no longer need to travel to Manila to have their documents authenticated after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opened its first authentication center in Cebu.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. led the inauguration ceremony at the Pacific Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu on Sept. 10, 2019.

The event was also attended by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Dino, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, and President of the Pacific Mall Group Edward Gaisano.

After its opening of the first authentication center in Mindanao at the Davao Consular Office in June, the launch in Cebu completes the nationwide roll-out of DFA's authentication services.

For a long time Visayans had to go all the way to Manila to get their passports and/or licenses authenticated, said Dino.

But with the DFA authentication center now open in Cebu, Cebuanos and those in the nearby regions will be able to conveniently avail of the authentication services here.

"I can only imagine the degree of frustration people have felt, as such service was only available in Metro Manila and Pampanga until now,'' said Locsin.

There have been considerable time, money, and effort spent by the OFWs to be able to avail of this simple government service, yet now, it is brought nearer to everyone around the country.

DFA aims to open more authentication centers across the Philippines in the coming months.

The Consular Office in Cebu will accept applications for authentication from Mondays to Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (smb/PIA7)

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