With the envisioned partnership of the Municipality of Baliwag and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA),multi-awarded Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella, initiated and successfully facilitated the passport application and renewal last January 26, 2018 at the Baliwag Star Arena, Pagala, Baliwag, Bulacan. This municipal event spelled the success of the first event of the year for PESO.
Baliwag is one of the first Local Government Units to facilitate the newly rolled out “Passport on Wheels” (POW) program by DFA. This is in line with Mayor Ferdie’s program which is to bring government services closer to the Baliwagenyos. As it provides a convenient passport application and renewal without having to go the main consular office saving time, money, and energy.
Mr. Bayani Sibug Jr., Head. Regional Consular Office Coordinating Center led the DFA team. “Maganda yung coordination namin sa Municipality of Baliwag. We offer this Passport on Wheels directly to Baliwag para maexpand namin yung operation, kaya ngayong araw na’to, maski weekday, narito kami sa Baliwag”, Mr. Sibug said. The whole application process includes registration; processing and validation; signing by DFA officer; payment of P1,200 as passport fee and additional P150 for the courier fee. The processing started at around 8.30 AM up to 4:00 PM with a total of 1,126 successfully processed passport applicants.
Here are some of the applicants’ feedbacks about the recently concluded Passport on Wheels.
“Okay at madali ang naging process, gina-guide nila kaming mga senior citizens. Inabot lang siguro kami ng 10 mins sa buong proseso. Salamat kay Mayor Ferdie dahil nadalian kami sa pagkuha ng passport, dapat sa Pampanga pa kami kukuha pero naglunsad siya dito sa Baliwag at salamat din sa PESO Baliwag.” – Mr. and Ms. Miranda Agueda from Makinabang.
“Mabilis ang buong process at siguro inabot lang ako ng 45 mins. Siyempre thankful ako kay Mayor Ferdie dahil di ko na kailangan lumuwas at magpunta ng DFA, dito na lang sa Baliwag at very acccesible.” – Mr. Allen Martin from Sabang.
“Napakaginhawa, walang stress, nakapabilis, napakaefficient yung system, at napaka-accomodating yung mga staff. Naimpress talaga ko! Mabilis lang at less than 30 mins ang naging process. Talagang thumbs ako kay Mayor Ferdie at napakalaking tulong sa mga mamamayan ng Baliwag and sana laging ganito.” – Ms. Anna Leticia Mateo from Tangos.
Every Baliwagenyo deserves “Serbisyong May Malakasit.” Rest assured that we are always Maagap, Mahusay, Magiliw, Maasahan at Magkakatuwang and willing to do the extra mile for public service.