THE United Republican Party (URP) is calling for a passport office in Region Two, Pomeroon-Supenaam, and at a feasible time, one for Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni.
This call comes as a result of numerous complaints and requests by the citizens of these regions, moreso those in Region Two. At present, a majority of the public service offices have been decentralised and regional capacities have been established — Region Two also being a beneficiary. However, for no clear reason, a passport office was never established in the region.
The URP noted several advantages to having a passport office in these two regions. One of the most valid reasons being the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to limit our capacity countrywide. The central passport office in Region Four, Georgetown, has the capacity to handle only 100 applicants per day. Therefore, if one is to travel all the way from the Pomeroon-Supenaam region or Cuyuni-Mazaruni region and ends up getting declined, then we will see monies being wasted from the already limited pockets of our brothers and sisters and the mental fatigue will only grow beyond normal. Also, from a public health perspective, it is always better to limit movements between regions in a pandemic. There are many other reasons which can be mentioned, such as financial strain, mobility, ease of access and ease of conducting business.
The URP urges the current administration to please assist the tax-paying citizens of these two regions. We must ensure the comfort of our people and we must try to understand their plea from their point of view. We are hopeful to have these offices accommodated within the new budgetary year, or if possible, before the end of 2021.
The United Republican Party