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When will DFA resume services and open up after Habagat floods? (Video)

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I’ve seen many Pinoys as well as those who are looking to find information regarding a commonly / frequently asked question When will DFA resume services and open up their doors to passport application, renewal and inquiries after applicants who had schedule of appearance and online reservation system cancelled a couple of days ago, August 7, 2012 when “Habagat” rains or Southwest monsoon rains ravaged the whole of Metro Manila? In the meantime, videos and photos showing how much the monsoon rain has affected Metro Manila are all over the internet as well as those countless photos showing the poor condition of low lying areas still soaked in flood water. The flood has become a metro-wide feat for Filipinos. Watch videos below.

Well, news had it today from the Philippine Daily Inquirer at inquirer.net that the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) resumed its operations Wednesday. This was confirmed via a SMS / text message sent to media from Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesperson saying that all the services of the DFA were back to normal. But ther problem is that the whole of the Metro is still in the verge of being sunken by floods of the monsoon rain Pinoys call as Habagat so how could the applicants go for their scheduled reservation

However, in a statement Tuesday, the DFA said that passport applicants who were unable to file their applications may have their passports processed until August 10, 2012 Friday as an allowance and grace period due to the disaster that happened and is currently still happening. So if you are one of those affected by the flood, you can still have your documents received and your DFA passport applications processed as stated above. Read the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs below.

“In view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by heavy rains, passport applicants scheduled today, August 7, may come to the DFA-OCA and have their passports processed this entire week until Friday, August 10,” the DFA said in a statement.

“Passport applicants are advised to bring their appointment slips with them,” it added.

As an additional information, government work was suspended in the National Capital Region Tuesday due to heavy rains and flood brought by the southwest monsoon.

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