May 29, 2017, 6:30 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.65616 Costa Rica Colon
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.56443 Djibouti Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.17375 Algerian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.3623 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45965 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01796 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01563 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01565 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08608 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90225 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.35648 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14716 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.09595 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15642 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46989 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13267 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33601 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.51927 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.16178 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29566 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.70534 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 651.18426 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.60177 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.23294 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06945 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36341 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.17021 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 18.06503 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.47491 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.21999 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.16848 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07648 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02843 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00773 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06543 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06377 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10277 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0752 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.54155 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07308 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08182 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13952 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07527 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15837 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26825 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13368 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17472 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02777 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 150.54195 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.01967 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 440.26096 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17507 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.33681 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25802 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.68306 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04816 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04615 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07172 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13487 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60472 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.74107 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5289 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.26014 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02007 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56624 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 76.29466 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20022 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 456.12204 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15295 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.77599 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0542 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.81574 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13228 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.01706 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25808 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.16499 Zambian Kwacha
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It’s only now that Yasay knows about passport applicants’ woes

IT was only Thursday last week that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. knew the agony that Filipinos who are applying for a new or renewing their passport have to go through.

In a post in my Facebook last Friday, Yasay said: “I am hearing for the first time that there are incessant breakdowns or interruptions in internet connections which I will address today.”

Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

How the problem that has caused so much stress to many Filipinos finally got to the Secretary underscores the usefulness of Facebook.

Yasay was informed about the problem and the toxicity that it is causing passport applicants by his wife, Cecile Joaquin Yasay.

And how did Cecile know about it?

Political consultant Malou Tiquia and Canada-based Diana Baylon informed her about my post detailing the agony my nephew and niece were going through in getting an appointment for the renewal of the passport and reactions of my Facebook friends relating the same experience.

Diana Baylon was the physical therapist of Cecile Yasay’s father, Nereo Joaquin, when she was still with the Philippine General Hospital.

Diana learned about my FB post from her brother-in-law, JB Baylon of Nickel Asia and fellow Malaya columnist, and she informed Mrs. Yasay about it.

Here’s my Feb. 5, 2:10 p.m. FB post:

“DFA passport online service sucks. My nephew and niece have been trying to get an appointment for renewal of their passports for a March trip. The earliest available appointment is Feb. 16. That’s still okay.

When they tried filling up the application form, and submitting it, they get the advisory “online connection server failed.” We tried calling up the numbers on the website, nobody answers. We have been on this since last night. Please naman huwag nyo namang gawing kalbaryo ang napakasimpleng gawain na renewal of passport. Kung hindi gumagana ang inyong server, magbigay ng notice para hindi maubos ang oras namin sa harap ng computer. Kailangan ba kami pumunta na lang sa DFA office mismo? Magbigay naman ng tamang advisory. Mahirap ba yan?”

Immediately, other shared similar woes. My other niece, Joanna Nunieza Viduya, posted, “I feel you Tita, been trying to schedule online since Tuesday and same problem din na-encounter ko.”

Writer Rochit Tañedo said: “Tried about twenty times before i got through.”

I told Rochit she should get a medal for patience and perseverance.

Rosemarie Samar said she was also into it the past two hours. “Grabeeeee!!!! it’s been 2 hrs ndi pa rin aq tapos sa online appointment. down un system, palagi time out. paki-improve naman sayang yun binabayad naming tax senio eh. disappointed aq sa system, ndi convenient. grabee!!!”

Later she posted this: “After 3 hrs and 28 mins natapos din ang appointment. Super disappointing. Now, struggle naman sa pag download ng form. Tsk!”

Ana May Pacheco Abalo shared her own experience: “Tama grabe within 3 days lahat na ng oras nag try ako dahil akala ko busy lang ang server sa oras jan sa pinas. Pero ganun parin ngyn 7 am na dito from kagabi wala pakong tulog .nakaka inis sayang pag ppuyat wla man lng advice na Hnd tlaga mkka gawa ng appointment. sobrang disappointed. buti sa iba nanjan lang sa pinas ehh pano kung katulad namin both kami mag asawa nandito sa ibang bansa.. tapos mahigpit pa sa authorization letter . hay nko.”

Worse was what my friend’s brother- in -law had to go though. She said: “My brother-in-law and his family had to go to Cebu just to apply for passport kasi sobrang puno ang queue sa Manila kahit sa satellites sa malls. They applied online. Flew to Cebu for picture taking and had the passports delivered to Laguna. Ganoon na kalala.”

Yasay’s first reaction to the posts was a history of the problem with the government printer, APO (Asian Productivity Organization): “I agree that the online appointment system for the application and renewal of passports sucks. Not only that, but also the unreasonable delays in the delivery of passports to the applicants. This is because the previous administration had maneuvered the removal of passport printing from the BSP and awarded it to APO Corporation, a government entity ill-equipped to handle the job, without any public bidding.”

He didn’t offer any solution.

A former APO official refuted Yasay’s explanation saying, “I am no longer with Apo but inanities mouthed by Yasay are simply revolting. It is DFA that is the one in charge of scheduling.”
Last Friday, Yasay issued this statement:

“Thank you for all your suggestions on how to improve our passport services at our various consular offices at the DFA. They are important and valuable to us. We will take them into serious consideration.

“Since day one that we assumed office we hit the ground running in trying to address this problem, which we continue to do so in earnest. The most serious situation is in our head consular offices in ASIANA.

We have contained the problem in all our other RCOs and satellite offices all over the country. As some of you have correctly pointed out, our task is not simply to point out a problem but to solve it immediately without causing undue difficulties to the public or a disruption of vital services. Thank you for your patience and please continue to provide us with your helpful inputs.

“I was advised by my officials that the appointment system of UGEC informs the public about the backlogs and gives them option to choose the most convenient RCO. I am hearing for the first time that there are incessant breakdown or interruptions in internet connections which I will address today. I am also checking widespread reports of fixers with direct connections from UGEC that sell appointments.”

Per Secretary Yasay’s statement he was going to “address the problem” last Friday.

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