The Politiko Champions Passporting Solutions for Tawi-Tawi: DFA Mobilizes Passport on Wheels.
Tawi-Tawi Governor Yshmael “Mang” I. Sali has brought a critical matter to the attention of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Republic of the Philippines.
During a meeting held in Pasay City, Governor Sali highlighted the urgent need for regular passporting activities in Tawi-Tawi. The objective is to address various social and economic concerns affecting constituents and the peninsula, emphasizing the potential impact of a long-term program.
DFA Undersecretary Jesus Domingo, responsible for Civilian Security and Consular Affairs, alongside Director Von Ryan Pangwi, engaged with the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Government to explore ways to address the challenges faced by Returning Filipinos (ReFs) from Sabah.
A significant number of ReFs are residents of Tawi-Tawi and neighboring provinces.
Undersecretary Domingo and Director Pangwi expressed their full support for Governor Sali’s initiatives and pledged assistance from the DFA in their best capacity.
The meeting saw the presence of key figures, including the Office of MP Benjamin Tupay Loong, Board Member Sukarno Asri, and MTIT Tawi-Tawi Provincial Director Termizie Masahud.
In a promising development, the DFA Central Office announced plans to conduct a Passport on Wheels (POW), a mobile passport service, in Bongao from January 9-12, 2024.
This event marks the first in a series of passporting activities in Tawi-Tawi, aiming to streamline passport-related services for the benefit of the local community.
The meeting, facilitated and coordinated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), aligns with their commitment to bring national government services closer to BARMM, strengthening the BIMP-EAGA initiatives in the region.
Governor Sali’s proactive approach and the collaborative efforts with the DFA underscore a commitment to address local needs and enhance accessibility to essential government services.