Say NO to fixers of passport application in the Philippines, No to Corruption!

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Support this campaign if: a) you need a passport soon b) suffered in the stress of getting one lately or c) just don’t like corruption.

Rampant corruption and “entrepreneurship” is taking advantage of the online application system of DFA in the Philippines.  While the online services of NBI, SSS, etc. serve more Filipinos every day, they’re able to do it more efficiently and with no help of fixers.  

Don’t tell me that there are more people getting passports that have 10-year validity vs.  NBI clearances that have 1-year validity used for pre-employment.  What this is doing is taking advantage of people who have fixed dates for travel plans, and OFWs.

In the newly improved online application system of DFA, ALL possible slots until June are taken within Metro Manila.  I’ve checked since January and I was willing to go as far as Pampanga or even Batangas.  The only open slot before July at the time was in Iloilo and I was tempted to book it. 

In January they opened 100,000 new slots when people complained but those went out fairly quickly.  Apparently fixers hired armies of people who waited online – whether these are people tipped of employees of DFA or travel agencies who knew exactly when it started, booked these slots online so that they can later sell it to people who are in a “RUSH” for a passport.

While this started as logical conjecture, I was able to talk to people who had similar experiences who found out bits and pieces of this theory.  Someone verified the mass application. 

Then the Passport on Wheels caravan, a project that Sec. Cayetano is so proud of, came to Marikina and someone told me that there is an “appointment system” to that too.  And even my dad, who is more familiar with how these things go advised me to go because it’s “magulo” and happens on a work day even if I was willing to go on leave.  He scouted it at another city since my whole family needed their passports renewed last year.  They eventually paid a travel agency to “secure” their online appointment.

THEN all my rants on Facebook paid off.  A helpful former coworker messaged me that he was able to get his rush passport via a Facebook group that I can join.  For a small fee, I can get a passport in March if I pay P675 outside of the DFA fees just for my online slot. 

"EARLY PASSPORT SCHEDULE (Garantisadong Mapagkakatiwalaan)
Kailangan mo ba ng Early Schedule sa Pagkuha ng Passport o Nahihirapan sa pagkuha ng Online Appoinment?

[Schedule muna bago Payment]
Php 675 ang Early Scheduling Service Fee po namin (Payable in any Pera Padala Centers)

Sa DFA po, ang babayaran niyo po
If Rush : Php 1200 (7-10 working days)
If Regular: Php 950 (15-30 working days)
*Releasing Option thru LBC Delivery- Php 150

(The person who told me me about mass-booking and that DFA employees know, told me each slot is P1,000 so this is cheaper. )

I don’t blame my friend since he’s planning to work abroad this year and he's just helping me.

Part of me is even impressed with this “sir Juls” since it’s entrepreneurship. A problem is an opportunity.

What I am annoyed at is the government who designed it this way.  Pilipinas Teleserv, a local call center, used to handle the online passport appointment system.  They did this for passports, birth certificates, etc. Now it’s purely handled by and with months pre-booked solid.

Here’s my suggestion.  Change the current process and adopt the online application system used by NBI and so many others.  Ask people to secure their appointment by online appointment or they lose their slot. If common workers to various jobs can pay online with the help of their local bank or 7-11 then people who plan to go abroad can do this too.

And beyond this, people who are sick of corruption should sign this petition.

This needs to change, ASAP.  I call your tough talk Secretary Cayetano and President Duterte. Do something about it. 

Not doing anything about it condones this and is leaving temptation open to people who work in DFA. If you don’t want corruption, then don’t leave avenues for corruption open.

 Appendix if you need proof:

My facebook chat shared with hundreds of hopefuls plus Sir Julius Cantos de Mesa

Lists of Facebook groups who are currently supporting rush facebook group application -101% LEGIT DFA RUSH PASSPORT APPOINTMENT 2K18 - RUSH PASSPORT ONLINE APPOINTMENT