CALASIAO- When about to transact business with the Department of Foreign Affairs, be sure to be wearing a ‘respectable’ attire, otherwise, you will end up buying clothes at the department store just to continue with your purpose.
This was advised by Jennifer De Mesa, officer-in-charge of the DFA in Calasiao town located at the Robinsons Mall.
“We wish to advise our clients applying for Philippine passport or availing of other DFA services to observe proper decorum by wearing appropriate attire or observing dress code,” De Mesa told the Philippine Information Agency during the Consular office’s first year anniversary on Tuesday.
De Mesa said the observance of dress code is strictly implemented in all DFA offices as a sign of respect to the institution.
Among the attires prohibited at the DFA offices are: above the knee shorts, sandos, sleeveless undergarments, short shorts, pants skirts with very low waist line or very high side slits, blouses or shirts that show the navel, transparent and off- shoulder, spaghetti straps, backless and plunging neckline blouses and mini-skirts.
Wearing of sunglasses, slippers, sandals, flip- flops and hats are also strictly prohibited.
De Mesa reiterated DFA’s on-line appointment system. Applicants are advised to log-on to https://www.passport.gov.ph.
Priority, however, will be given to applicants who belong to the following categories: senior citizen, persons with disabilities (with PWD card or medical record), children below seven years old and pregnant women ( five months and above).
Priority applicants mentioned above will only be accommodated from Monday to Friday while Saturdays will only be for applicants with confirmed appointment. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)