The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong through the mandate of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin launched this week the Passport Online Appointment System (OAS).
In the statement of the secretary Locsin, he said that OAS aims to lessen the long lines of OFWs in getting their passports in Hong Kong.
“The system, or OAS, aims to slash the long queues for passport appointments in Hong Kong, especially on Sundays, by providing an easy-to-navigate, faster and more convenient way to get a passport appointment,” says Locsin in front of the 200 Filipino participants.
Hong Kong is the first country outside the Philippines to have launched OAS.
Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales thanked Locsin in choosing Hong Kong as the first country to launch OAS.
Currently, there are about 234,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, 92 percent out of which works as a household worker which usually has a day-off on Sundays.
Last year, the Consulate General in Hong Kong issued 48,000 Philippine passports. The Department of Foreign Affairs also plans to put up OAS in other countries across the world.
Online appointment is very helpful to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who only have a single day off every week. They do not have to spend their off day queuing long lines and go online instead.