The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is targetting the issuance of 30,000 passports every month.
This was reported by DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a hearing today at the House of Representatives.
Cayetano told lawmakers that so far, the DFA has increased the number of passports being issued by the department to applicants every month.
From the previous figure of 8,700, the secretary said the DFA now produces 16,512 passports per month.
He also informed House members that the DFA has set up 8 new consular offices across the country.
This is to remove the hassle of Filipinos trooping to Pasay City just to get passports.
He also said DFA's passport-on-wheels program is still on operations.
DFA Undersecretary Perfecto Yasay raised the suggestion for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to take over the printing of passports.
He said BSP has the technical expertise for this task.