Long Wait for Philippine Passport Renewal in Calgary

Philippine consular officials came under fire Friday for not anticipating the huge numbers that turned out for an “outreach event” in Calgary, where foreign nationals from that country could get their passports renewed.

Crowds of Filipinos from across Alberta began lining up before dawn Friday, only to wait long into the afternoon before their papers were processed.

Downtown Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriones/

Hundreds more people who were turned away late Friday afternoon when officials cut off the line for the day will have try again through the weekend, prompting complaints from some who stood waiting for hours.

“It’s not good. Everybody’s complaining. There’s no system. Volunteers are few. It needs better organization, better system,” said Angie Balangitan, who drove to Calgary from Edmonton and was queued up by 6 a.m. Friday at the Marlborough Community Centre, where the event is being held.

“We’ll see what happens next, or we’ll come back tomorrow.”

The program is part of a consular passport outreach organized by the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver aimed to help immigrants, contract workers and those who need their visas and other documents renewed.

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Andrea says:

Can I still renew my passport even though the expiration is this month.?

Marileen vallada says:

When will be philippine consulate go here again in calgary? I apply philippine passport renewal thank you.

Frad says:

Can I renew my Philippine passport thru mail and how long pls.Im here at Edmonton.

badong says:

Please post your schedule if you will have outreach program this coming 2012 in Edmonton.

Venus compra says:

Do you have renewal of passport schedule her in edmonton this coming 2012 ? Philippine passport

sharon says:

yah, when will the philippine consulate will go back to calgary for renawal of passport?

emy says:

when wil be philippine consulate go here again in calgary?can i apply philippnine passport renewal through mail?