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Philippine Ambassador-designate to Kuwait Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot addressed the concerns on the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait’s passport service and appointment system, in a meeting with Filipino community leaders on 7 November 2020. (Kuwait PE photos)

9 November 2020 – In his first public engagement since his arrival in Kuwait, newly designated Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot on 7 November 2020 held a physically distanced meeting with leaders of Filipino organizations in Kuwait, where he vowed to address the persistent public demand for the Embassy’s passport renewal services and the online appointment system.

While asking for the Filipino community’s patience and understanding, Ambassador-designate Lomondot promised swift action to address the thousands of pending passport appointment applications with the Embassy.

“The Embassy will work double time to accommodate our thousands of kababayan who need to renew their passports for their visa renewals or transfers. We will do this by increasing the number of passport appointment slots per day, and by beefing up our Embassy workforce,” Ambassador-designate Lomondot said.

The Embassy projects that by the 3rd week of November 2020, it will be able to address the so-called backlog of passport appointments, or those who have visa expiry dates between March 2020 and the 3rd week of November 2020.

The Embassy further projects that by the 4th week of this month, it will be able to give away passport appointments to those whose visas will expire in the first two weeks of December 2020.

“In the weeks to come, the Embassy will launch new initiatives that will speed up the issuance of passports to our kababayan in Kuwait. We advise everyone to regularly visit the Embassy’s official website and social media accounts for our public advisories,” Ambassador-designate Lomondot said.

Joining the new Ambassador during the meeting with Filipino community leaders are Vice Consul and Consular Section Head Charleson C. Hermosura, Vice Consul and Acting Administrative Officer Adrian Audrey L. Baccay, Assistant Labor Attaché Cathrine D. Duladul, and Welfare Officers Llewelyn D. Perez and Genevieve Aguilar-Ardiente.