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DFA stops foreign travels amid cash crunch

/ 05:20 AM January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered a stop to foreign travels in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as it bared the depletion of a revolving fund for the printing of passports.

Locsin said the DFA already owed the state-owned Apo Production Unit some P388 million for the printing of passport booklets because the fund was eaten up by travel allowances, insurance and other expenses.

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Under the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, the DFA may charge a service fee of not more than P250 for the processing and issuance of passports requiring special consideration, waiver or issuance beyond regular office hours. —TINA G. SANTOS

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