PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, May 13, 2015 - Nearly 100 Panaboans benefited from the special passporting activity conducted by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in partnership with Panabo Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
“This is a yearly activity that caters new passport application and renewal, one of the priority projects of Mayor James Gamao to aid residents who want to work or travel abroad”, said Panabo PESO Manager Cherelle Espinosa.
"Applicants have to submit their documents in the office a week before the activity for pre-evaluation so that they may experience faster and smooth processing during the passporting day”, she added.
Documents are evaluated in the PESO before the applicants will proceed to the DFA Mindanao Office in Ecoland, Davao City.
"This is my first time to apply for a passport so I grabbed this opportunity because I heard that that is it is more convenient. I am preparing for work abroad," said Melanie Vistal, 21.
Gloria Alilin, 69, a retired government employee, said that she is happy with the service, being in the first batch to finish the processing as early as eleven o’clock in the morning. She added that she is grateful that anytime after 30 working days, her passport will be ready in case her daughter living abroad will invite her for vacation.
Espinosa revealed that they are preparing to conduct more special passporting activities this year and for the coming years. (Erick Etis - CIO / LGU – Panabo)