Lingayen – The country’s first provincial consular office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is set to open in AUGUST at the Robinson’s Place in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
The services of DFA’s satellite office will include issuance of new passports, renewal of expired passports, replacement of lost, expired or mutilated passports and authentication of other related documents.
Board Member Ranjit Shahani, tasked by Governor Amado T. Espino to facilitate the establishment of the provincial office of DFA, said Friday (July 4) that the consular office is now procuring the needed office equipment.
Way back in 2009, Governor Espino offered to DFA a building within the periphery of Capitol Complex for the DFA office. However, Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard F. Baraan said that DFA executives upon thorough deliberations decided to select the Robinson’s Place in Calasiao because it is more accessible to people.
This is also in line with the new practice of DFA to locate its extension offices in some malls in other areas.
During the regular session of the Sangguniang Palalawigan at the Capitol on June 30, the Provincial Board approved Provincial Resolution No.635-2014 requesting the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Robinsons Land Corporation to name the DFA satellite office as Narciso Rueca Ramos Hall.
Ramos, whose birthplace is Pangasinan, was a former secretary of Foreign Affairs who had a long and distinguished career in foreign service.
Resolution authors, Board Members Mojamito Libunao, Jr. and Generoso Tulagan, said Ramos is a worthy son of Pangasinan who had established a name for himself in foreign service and international relations.
During a meeting with DFA officials in February, PA Baraan said this is a very good move since Pangasinan represents easily 60% of Region I. With its strategic location, the Pangasinan DFA office can also serve those from the other neighboring provinces like Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Zambales.
Baraan said this will greatly help people lessen the burden of traveling to a far distance to secure passports considering the large number of overseas workers from the province and its neighboring towns and provinces.
(Credit: ADV /https://www.facebook.com/pangasinan.gov.ph)