By Roy Mabasa
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the temporary suspension of operations in two of its regional consular offices in Pampanga following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the province on Monday.
In a statement, the DFA said its regional offices located at SM San Fernando and Marquee Mall in Angeles City will resume operations on Wednesday, April 24.
The suspension is “in compliance with the announcement of concerned local government units” following the casualties and damages caused by the earthquake in the province.
DFA regional consular offices are dispersed nationwide to provide passport and authentication services.
Passport applicants with confirmed appointments today (April 23) are advised to instead come back from April 24 to May 10, except Saturdays.
In addition, passport applicants are advised to bring their respective appointment packets, including receipts.
The DFA added that those availing of courtesy lane services may be limited on the said dates to accommodate those with appointments.
Earlier, the DFA announced the temporary closure of seven other consular offices in Metro Manila following recommendations from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The following DFA consular sites will resume operations on Wednesday, April 24: Aseana; Alabang Town Center; SM Manila; Robinson’s Galleria; SM Megamall; Ali Mall, and Robinson’s Novaliches.
Latest update showed that at least six people were killed and 81 others were injured following Monday’s tremor that hit many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.
As of Tuesday morning, rescuers were still looking for 24 missing individuals who were believed trapped at a supermarket in Porac, Pampanga.
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