DSWD vows fast ap­proval of mi­nors’ clearance

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

The Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) has ad­vised those who will se­cure travel clearance for mi­nors go­ing abroad to sub­mit com­plete sup­port­ing doc­u­ments so this can be ap­proved within 24 hours.

“The travel doc­u­ments will be ap­proved and is­sued within 24 hours as long as the sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing the so­cial worker’s as­sess­ment, are com­plete and in or­der,” said DSWD 7 Di­rec­tor Ma. Eve­lyn Ma­capo­bre.

Ma­capo­bre en­cour­aged peo­ple to process their ap­pli­ca­tion ahead of time and not a day be­fore the ac­tual date of travel to avoid in­con­ve­nience.

A travel clearance is a doc­u­ment is­sued by DSWD to Filipino mi­nors 17 years old and be­low who will be trav­el­ing to a for­eign coun­try un­ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents, and to an il­le­git­i­mate child trav­el­ing with his or her fa­ther.

“The is­suance of the travel clearance is also a mea­sure to pre­vent any form of abuse against mi­nors,” Ma­capo­bre added.

To se­cure a clearance for a trav­el­ing mi­nor, one should fill up an ap­pli­ca­tion form then sub­mit the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity-is­sued birth cer­tifi­cate of the mi­nor with a pho­to­copy.

They should also sub­mit a no­ta­rized af­fi­davit of con­sent of both par­ents, solo par­ent or le­gal guardian per­mit­ting the mi­nor to travel to a for­eign coun­try alone or with a spe­cific com­pan­ion, with a copy of a valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card and sig­na­ture.

They should also sub­mit two orig­i­nal pass­port-size pho­tos of the mi­nor taken within six months from the time of ap­pli­ca­tion.

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