In a bid to provide convenience and to lessen no-show appointments, the Department of Foreign Affairs(DFA) will simultaneously launch its ePayment Portal, starting this week in its Aseana Office.
The ePayment portal will be launched next in consular offices in the National Capital Region first week next month, followed by a nationwide launch on or before the first week of August.
As posted in the DFA website, the ePayment Portal is “an upgrade to the Online Appointment System that enables passport applicants to pay their passport processing fees through selected payment centers nationwide and eventually through the use of credit and debit cards, or through over-the-counter cash transactions in selected banks.”
Both new applicants of Philippine ePassports and renewing will be required to prepay the passport processing fees using the portal as part of the Online Appointment System.
Under this system, an applicant will receive thru email a reference number. This reference number will be presented upon payment of the passport processing fee in accredited Payment Centers.
Passport applicants will need to pay Php1,200 for expedited processing and Php950 for regular processing. A Php50 convenience fee will be charged by the authorized Payment Centers on top of the processing fees.
An applicants’ confirmed appointment schedule is non-transferable.
In case the applicant fails to show up during the scheduled appointment, the fees paid will not be refunded.
The DFA said in the statement that the use of ePayment Portal will encourage passport applicants to show up on their scheduled appointments, otherwise the fees they paid will be forfeited.
Applicants will also save time because they can pay their passport processing fees anytime at any authorized payment center and eventually online through their credit or debit cards.
Thru this, the DFA hopes to accommodate more passport applicants and gets rid of fixers. CRC