The consular section of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC will implement a new appointment system for passport renewals, notarial services, and other consular services beginning on September 14.
In an announcement Friday, the embassy said the appointment system will allow applicants to avoid long queues and to complete their transactions within a predetermined period.
"Walk-ins will still be entertained on a first come-first serve basis," it said.
According to the embassy, requests for appointment should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are encouraged to indicate in the subject line his or her family name, type of transaction, and preferred date for processing.
"In case of multiple transactions, please provide details in the body of the email," the embassy said.
Notarials will be processed on Monday afternoons, and Wednesday and Friday mornings, while civil registrations will be entertained on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
The embassy noted that applicants may receive their civil registration and notarial applications in the afternoon of the same day: 5 p.m. for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday transactions and 3 p.m. for Wednesday and Friday transactions.
Meanwhile, passport renewals are scheduled on Monday mornings and afternoons on Wednesday and Friday. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News