|DFA Consular Office in Macapagal|
My passport & Mama's will expire on February 2013 and because passports unofficially expire 6 months before their actual expiration, we will not be able to join our family for our Hong Kong trip this November if we're still carrying our old passport so we have to renew it before our scheduled vacation. My first experience of applying a passport was of the year 2008 at DFA's old office where it's disorganized & chaotic so basing on my past experience the new process is better.
In renewing your passport one should first set an appointment thru DFA's Passport Application Appointment System at www.passport.com.ph. All information you need is indicated in this website so you have to carefully read everything if you wish to have a smooth sailing passport processing.
In the website there's a Set An Appointment tab. Here, you will type all personal information they need- you should not leave any blank, then you will be asked to choose the date and time of your preferred appointment. You can also choose the Family Application Form if you want to have the same schedule with any of your family members
Here are the general requirements:
1. Personal appearance- no escorts allowed.
2. Confirmed appointment or the printed copy of the application form in long bond paper- without this you cannot go inside the DFA building.
3. Old passport, photocopy of pages 1, 2, 3 (amendment), last page & the pages showing the latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
4. Valid picture IDs and supporting document to prove identity.
5. No need for a passport ID picture.
All these information are indicated in the website so I really suggest to run through it for assurance.
|My application form, old passport, photocopy of passport pages & NSO|
I scheduled our appointment in the morning because I have work in the afternoon. My mama & I were at the DFA Consular Office 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment because late comers will not be entertained.
STEP 1: Passport Processing Section
We presented our application form at the Appointment Counter then we are asked to sit at the waiting section of the Processing Area. There was a long queue of people but the processing is a bit fast kaya hindi naman kami nainip. Here, you can review, correct & complete your application form. So if you made a mistake on your form, don't fret as you can correct it while waiting for your turn.
|DFA officer checking documents|
STEP 2: Payment Section
We proceeded to the Passport Enrollment Section located at the 2nd Floor and paid the due amount.
For regular processing (15 working days): P 950
For express processing (7 working days): P 1,200
|Passport fee slip|
In our case, we chose the regular processing, after which we were given a queue number for the last step.
STEP 3: Encoding Section
After they gave the queue number, we waited for our numbers to appear on their monitor. This step was the longest waiting time from all the 3 steps which took almost 1 hour for our numbers to be called (I really do hope they do something about this, sayang ang oras ng mga tao)
Data Capturing Process- I was asked to sign, get my thumb prints & encode all general information about me- you should double check the monitor for correction of spelling and information. Also, this was the photo capturing section- no contact lens, no earrings, no showing of teeth & no bangs allowed- kasi daw dapat kita ang eyebrows. My photo was hideous! My first photo was okay na sana but I was asked to take another picture because my teeth were slightly seen on the photo - pangit tuloy passport picture ko *boohooo*
After the Encoding Section, we were asked if we want to avail the delivery option without having to return to DFA on the release date. Thinking that it's hassle free, we availed it and went to the Delivery Counter to pay P120 for the delivery fee- our passport will be delivered after 16 working days.
DFA Consular Office
ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City
DFA Megamall Consular Office
7th Floor Megamall Building C, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.
The DFA Appointment System is also available via the hotline (02) 737-1000
from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday.