From a report by Joanne Namnama P. Dilim, PIA 1, La Union
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Foreign Affairs-Regional Consular Office in La Union has transferred to its new home at the 2nd level of Manna Mall here.
Effective September 5, the DFA-RCO La Union resumed its regular office operations at Manna Mall but the inauguration and blessing of the new office space was held on September 10.
“This transfer of DFA to its new home is a realization of our vision to provide efficient and quality services closer to the public,” DFA-Office Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary Frank R. Cimafranca who graced the inauguration of the mall-based RCO said.
The relocation of the agency is covered under Public-Private Partnership initiatives of the government which is expected to provide better consular services of passport applicants not only from San Fernando City but also from the whole of Ilocos region.
In his remarks, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega affirmed the provincial government’s support to PPP through the crafting of the PPP Code which he personally proposed and later approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
“There is a need to maximize Public-Private Partnership to fuel engines of growth and prosperity in the province,” Ortega said. For his part, Rogelio A. Ducluyan, senior vice president of Manna Mall, said the management is honored to house DFA inside their building.
“It is our privilege to be partnering with you to better serve the public,” said Ducluyan.
DFA-La Union is open for both passport processing and releasing from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. It is expected to cater to some 500 passport applicants daily.
Established in 1985, San Fernando City is the fourth city nationwide to have a regional consular office after Zamboanga, Cebu, and Davao.#