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Philippines : New DFA Mindanao office inaugurated.

In line with the Department of Foreign Affairs foreign affairs
pl.n.
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries.
 (DFA s) mission to bring its services closer to the people, DFA Mindanao s new headquarters at SM Davao was formally inaugurated by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis today.

The new facility is a result of the Public-Private Partnership arrangement between the DFA and mall-developer, SM Prime Holdings. It had its soft opening last September 3 and became fully-operational on September 10.

In his remarks during the inauguration, Undersecretary Seguis hailed the opening of the new office as a re-affirmation of the DFA s commitment to achieve world class service for the Filipino people Filipinos are the citizens of the Philippines, located in Southeast Asia. The term (feminine: Filipina) may also refer to people of Philippine descent, regardless of citizenship (i.e. .

This is a continuing realization of the President and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs commitment to render improved services in settings that offer comfort and convenience to the public, Undersecretary Seguis added.

DFA Mindanao was established on March 15, 1994 as DFA South with the birth of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA BIMP-EAGA Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East-Asian Growth Area
BIMP-EAGA Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area
). It was later renamed DFA Mindanao on 18 March 1999 to reinforce the DFA s focus on the development of Mindanao.

The inauguration was attended by Congressman Carlo Nograles, Mayor Sara Duterte as represented by Atty. Zulaika Lopez and Ms. Nida A. Garcia, and Vice Mayor Al David of Davao City The City of Davao: De Facto Capital of Mindanao (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw) is one of the most important cities in the Philippines and the chief city of the island of Mindanao.  and other officials and representativesof DFA Manila, the City Government of Davao, SM, regional offices of various government agencies, foreign consulates in Davao, and local business executives.

With a floor area of 800 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility provides efficient passport and document authentication services to 300 applicants daily.

The Davao office is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for both processing and releasing of passports and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for passport releasing.

Davao Regional Consular Office is headed by its Officer-in-Charge, Flora Belinda Bacosa.

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Date:Sep 15, 2012
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