Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the two countires with the most number of Overseas Filipino Workers. In a Philippine Statistics Authority survey released in April 2019, it was found that out of the estimated 2.3 million OFWs, 24.3 percent are in Saudi Arabia, while 15.7 percent are in Dubai.
To help our kababayans in the Middle East have an easier passport renewal process, Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido J. Dulay and Head of Business Development for VFS Global Chris Dix, signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the establishment of an ePassport Renewal Center (PaRC) at the WAFI Mall in Dubai.
The Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and VFS Global Regional Group COO Vinay Malhotra also witnessed the signing that happened on November 21.
With the opening of the PaRC, Filipinos now have two options of where to get their passports renewed in the Middle East. They could go to the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines in Al Qusais 3 or in the newly-established PaRC in WAFI Mall, which are both in Dubai.
According to the DFA's official website, "PaRC will only cater to simple passport renewal services that do not require any changes in the biographic details of the passport holder. The outsourcing to VFS Global only applies to the frontline operation of passport renewal application such as the acceptance of application, capturing of biometrics and biographical details, payment of fees, and release of passport. It should be noted that the actual production of passport is still with the DFA."
Similar centers are also set to open in Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Jeddah in 2020.
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