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DFA Regional Consular Office to open at Gaisano GenSan Compound

Last September 2008, I blogged about the plan to put up a Regional Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs here in General Santos City, following a directive from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  That article elicited a lot of positive responses from Bariles Republic’s readers, especially those availing of their passporting services.

Now, according to General Santos City Tourism Officer Cora Tito, a site has finally been found for the proposed office which will be called the Regional Consular Office of the DFA.

After weeks of scouting for the venue, she added that DFA Davao Consular Officer Daniel Te has revealed that his bosses has opted for the vacant portion of the Annex Building of Gaisano Mall of GenSan.  This is the leftmost 2-storey unit of the building which also houses Shakey’s Restaurant, Uno Cafe and Big Chow Chinese Resto.

On December 2, 2008, top honchos from DFA Manila, among them Consular Officer ASec Domingo Lucenario, Personnel Officer ASec Corazon Yap Baijin will be flying in to seal the deal with the Gaisanos for the use of their building.

And yes, before I forget, they want to open the office to the public before Christmas 2008. 🙂

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - http://plus.google.com/+AvelManansala. If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  1. jinky says:

    this is really, really great news! Finally, after a long search for an office space, they finally found one, strategic pa talaga ang location.

    1. bariles says:

      @jinky
      you’re right! They couldn’t have chosen a better site. Beside a mall, imagine? People can just wait it out inside the air-conditioned Shakeys, Big Chow or Uno Cafe in the same building. Super mega convenient! Or maybe do some shopping across the parking area at Gaisano. Nice, nice, nice! 🙂

  2. jasper0127 says:

    Its a great honor for the people of General Santos for having DFA Consular Office in Gensan not only a good news but also a Blessings to all of us.

  3. jasper0127 says:

    Sir Avel pag mag operations na and DFA office in Gensan ibig ba nitong sabihin no need na to go to Davao?

    1. bariles says:

      @jasper0127
      yes sir! All your passporting needs will be processed and released here. Great huh? 🙂

  4. lexXx says:

    wow! that’s great news.
    We no longer have to go to Davao or be one of the poor ones waiting for mobile passporting events at the City Hall.

    1. bariles says:

      @lexXx
      hello! That is right. This will not only save us time and money but also the hassles of lining up at the city hall once every quarter. 🙂

  5. Tale says:

    wow ang galing naman! ang laking tulong nito sa Socsksargen area. Less gastos, less time to process & very convenient pa ang location. Thanks to all who made it happened.

    1. bariles says:

      @Tale
      We have to be thankful to Mayor Jun Acharon who has been working hard to get this on the road and to his tourism officer Cora Tito for liaising the talks between DFA and his local government. Thanks rin Tale for commenting. Milagro at napadalaw ka…hehehe! 🙂

  6. Ram says:

    This is a very good news and a very good Christmas gift for all of us SOCSARGEN residents…….. Thanks Sir Avel for keeping us informed…Advance Merry Christmas!!!

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By Ram
      This is a very good news and a very good Christmas gift for all of us SOCSARGEN residents…….. Thanks Sir Avel for keeping us informed…Advance Merry Christmas!!!

      Merry Christmas too Marino. Don’t forget your gift to me. 🙂

  7. Cora Gwapa says:

    Vel,
    Thanks alot for announcing it…!
    But it’s not December 2, rather its December 5. Asec Corazon Yap Bahjin (Personnel Officer), Asec Domingo Lucenario (Consular Officer) , Asec Usop of DFA Mindanao (based in Davao) and 2 more officials from DFA Manila are coming for final occular inspection of the area.

    It’s my pet project- now coming to reality!
    Maganda talaga ang Gensan!

    Mabuhay tayong lahat!

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By Cora Gwapa
      Vel,
      Thanks alot for announcing it…!
      But it’s not December 2, rather its December 5. Asec Corazon Yap Bahjin (Personnel Officer), Asec Domingo Lucenario (Consular Officer) , Asec Usop of DFA Mindanao (based in Davao) and 2 more officials from DFA Manila are coming for final occular inspection of the area.

      Thanks for the corrections Cora Gwapa. Kudos to you!!!! 🙂

  8. Jasper says:

    Sana meron na ring POEA office sa General Santos…

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By Jasper
      Sana meron na ring POEA office sa General Santos…

      Now that would be really good for the region. I am hoping for that too jasper. 🙂

  9. amie says:

    This is really good news kuya avel…it’s a real pain in
    the butt for generals to travell all the way to davao to
    get/renew passport kaya I’m sure many generals will
    be happy with this news…

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By amie
      This is really good news kuya avel…it’s a real pain in
      the butt for generals to travell all the way to davao to
      get/renew passport kaya I’m sure many generals will
      be happy with this news…

      Hahaha! That’s true. Pain in the butt … that’s what you get for the 3 hour ride by bus to Davao City. 🙂

  10. Ram says:

    Originally Posted By bariles

    Originally Posted By RamThis is a very good news and a very good Christmas gift for all of us SOCSARGEN residents��.. Thanks Sir Avel for keeping us informed�Advance Merry Christmas!!!

    Merry Christmas too Marino. Don’t forget your gift to me. 🙂

    ….Anong gusto mo Sir ???? …..He..he..he

    1. bariles says:

      @Ram
      Kahit $ na lang, pandagdag sa pambili ng notebook computer. yehey! 🙂

  11. Ram says:

    Originally Posted By bariles

    Originally Posted By JasperSana meron na ring POEA office sa General Santosâ?¦

    Now that would be really good for the region. I am hoping for that too jasper. 🙂

    Tama ka talaga Jasper sana nga lahat ng normally pinoproseso pa sa Manila ay available na rin dito sa General Santos….

  12. Ram says:

    Originally Posted By bariles@Ram
    Kahit $ na lang, pandagdag sa pambili ng notebook computer. yehey! 🙂

    Chocolate na lang na hugis $ …….ha ha ha ha ………

  13. archmykel says:

    Good news to all frequent travelers and ofws of gensan. Wala ng pipigil pa sa pag asenso ng gensan. 🙂

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By archmykel
      Good news to all frequent travelers and ofws of gensan. Wala ng pipigil pa sa pag asenso ng gensan. :)

      You’re right there myk. There’s no stopping now the Tuna Capital! 🙂

  14. white knight says:

    Wow! Finally my location na. Another great news for the Gensan constituents and the nearby and no so nearby town of SocSkSargGen as well. Lucky for Gaisano Mall too for this is another advantage for them. Well, they deserved to be chosen also because of their strategic location and comfort for the passport applicants and ang mag renew too especially. I just hope na sana the applicants will be as much as comfortable and easy for them to access and get their passport right away without much adue. Compared to Davao, medyo mag sacrifice ka talaga because of so many applicants from other cities/town.

    1. bariles says:

      Originally Posted By white knight
      Wow! Finally my location na. Another great news for the Gensan constituents and the nearby and no so nearby town of SocSkSargGen as well. Lucky for Gaisano Mall too for this is another advantage for them. Well, they deserved to be chosen also because of their strategic location and comfort for the passport applicants and ang mag renew too especially. I just hope na sana the applicants will be as much as comfortable and easy for them to access and get their passport right away without much adue. Compared to Davao, medyo mag sacrifice ka talaga because of so many applicants from other cities/town.

      I saw the venue and what it needs are shaded areas for the long lines of people everyday. The DFA in Davao has a big receiving area. I hope that this one in Gensan has a wide waiting room too. 🙂

  15. anna says:

    has the GenSan-based DFA already opened?

  16. Jordan Ray Quinco says:

    open na ata ang DFA eh… ahmm… kulang na lang PRC (Professional Regulation Commission)… kapoy kaau sa Davao or CAgayan.. gasto kaau… para dili na mudayo pa ang mga taga South Cotabato area… para convenient na lang pod… lalo na sa mga licensed professionals…. para pud kung naay board exams such as Nurse Licensure Exam, LET, Engineering Boards… diri na lang pod sa Gensan…. God bless PRC! GOD SPEED DFA! eehehhe

  17. […] recently renewed his passport and eventually received his new machine-readable copy, thanks to the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office here in General Santos City, headed by Mr. Daniel […]

  18. gensanian says:

    merun nabang POEA sa general santos?can you give me me the adress please? thank you

  19. roro says:

    sana di maubos tuna ninyo dahil pag naubos na supply ng tuna balik kau sa dati , lahat ng investors dyan mag alisan na dahil wala ng pera ang mga tao , gaya ng butuan city, pagsara ng mga logging companies, wala ng masyadng naginvest dito , buti nakarecover kami ng maging regional center of caraga region , bumil na ng lupa dito ang robinsons for thier mall pero 3 years pa raw bago sila magconstruct , uunahin muna ang gensan at tacloban city

  20. Batang Basilan says:

    hey…gensan is different from butuan…

  21. BrAvO SiX says:

    @ roro: rule of thumb lang po yan sir. pag walang proper and strict implementation ng rules and regulations sa isang industry, chances are, di kayang i-sustain ang production.

    when it comes to investors, nasa local government na rin po yan sir ang diskarte like providing economic incentives or other provisions for the benefit of the investors pag nag put up siya ng business sa locality, etc. kung mahina po ang diskarte, chances are pa rin, either magsipag-alisan ang mga investors or walang mag-invest sa isang lugar.

    i firmly believe Gensan has the capability to sustain and attract more bigger industries. one to count is the Economic Free Zone ni PacMan… that’s a BILLION PESO project…

    hooah!

  22. sharon says:

    hello,

    ask lang po ako nawala yong pasport ko,gusto ko e renew ano ba kailangan na requirements ko pero mayroon xerox copy sa pastport?
    thanks
    GOD BLESS…

  23. sharon says:

    hello,

    ask lang po ako nawala yong pasport ko,gusto ko e renew ano ba kailangan na requirements ko pero mayroon xerox copy sa pastport?
    thanks
    GOD BLESS…

  24. Eve says:

    hello,

    Anybody here who knows how to apply for a job at DFA? Kahit clerical job lang. Pls help.

  25. meriam berse says:

    anu po requirments pag kukuha ng passport ang 1 yr old baby/ kukuhanan ko kc ng passport ang anak ko.thanks po

  26. Leo says:

    ako po ay isang OFW and i’ll be going home for vacation by december sa gensan. may passport will be expiring on April 2011 which means that I have to renew it before going back to work because as far as I know, anybody will not be allowed to leave Philippines if the Passport expires within 6 months. Am I right? Another thing, is DFA Consular Office in Gensan still operating in the same venue at Gaisano Mall compound? Thanks

    1. bariles says:

      @Leo, yes. You need to renew your passport when it is less than six months away from its expiration date or you can’t be allowed to travel outside of Southeast Asia. With the Asean region, they are not that strict but beyond that would be a problem. The DFA Consulate in GenSan is still open Mondays-Fridays. Be sure to be there before 8am Monday for your priority # to be issued to you. Good luck!

  27. love says:

    ilang days mag parenew ng passport sir??..thx and More power

  28. joanne gabayeron says:

    gud noon po dfa..ask po ako kung ndyan na po ba ang passport that process last May 30.2011..kailan po pwdi mkuha….?THANK YOU

    1. bariles says:

      @joanne, hindi po kami ang opisina ng DFA GenSan. Mas mabuting puntahan mo sila personally. Sorry.

  29. joanne gabayeron says:

    tnx po..wait lng po ako ng reply nyo..im trying to call the office #…kya lng di po nkaaccess…tnx po…

  30. neonlite says:

    bakit wala pa rin passport ng mga anak ko.? dapat 2 weeks ago pa yung na release…sino ba pwedeng kausapin?

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