The Department of Foreign Affairs will transfer passport offices to shopping malls this 2012

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario (R) and SM Prime Holdings president Hans Sy

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario (R) and SM Prime Holdings president Hans Sy

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be taking its consular services to the public this year by moving its passport offices to SM shopping malls and other malls nationwide!

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA)  has just signed an agreement with SM Prime, operators of the country’s biggest mall for the hosting in SM malls of five consular offices in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario, the PPP arrangements with SM will cover the transfer and hosting of existing consular offices in Davao, Baguio and Batangas and the opening of extension offices at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and SM City in Manila, which will occupy a combined floor area of more than 3,400 square meters.

The DFA had earlier entered into similar arrangements with Pacific Mall Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation and Ayala Land Incorporated for the hosting of consular offices in 11 other locations nationwide.

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