Tristan, an OFW based in DUBAI detailed about the new developments while renewing his passport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has this to say:
"Today I went to the Philippine Consulate here in Dubai to renew my expiring passport. Knowing how dreadful and long this day could be, I decided to bring some of my favorite magazines to accompany me along with a big bottle of water and some sweets.
The last time I renewed my passport here in Dubai was almost a nightmare. It's not only because it took me the whole day to complete the processing but also because of the mean and rude government satff. Nakakaawa yung ibang OFW na para bang utang na loob sa gobyerno ang kumuha ng bagong pasaporte.
But what happened today was a totally different scenario. Believe me or not, it only took me 30 minutes to complete the processing. And the staff and crew were very helpful, kind and efficient. Hindi ko na nga nabasa o nabuklat man lang ang mga dala-dala kong babasahin.
Many of Filipino people today will not see and feel this gradual change, well at least not for now. Lalo na yung mga Pilipino na hindi umaalis ng kanilang mala-palasyong bahay o yung mga hindi bumababa sa kanilang magagarang sasakyan. Pero kaming mga sinasabi na nasa laylayan, lalo na ang mga OFW na gaya ko ay ramdam ang mistulang pagbabago sa ihip ng hangin - unti unti na kaming minamahal at binibigyan ng respeto at ng halaga ng ating gobyerno.
Mga ma'am and sir, may mga magaganda pong nangyayari sa'ting bansa. Naway 'wag po tayo palaging maging alipin ng mga mali at malisyosong pinapahayag ng media. Meron din pong mga magagandang balita na gaya neto."