DFA: Philippine Passport
I read in a blog of a fellow Filipina in France that renewing your Philippine Passport in France is like pulling teeth; and so without further ado, we decided to personally head to the Department of Foreign Affairs to renew our passports before we leave. We could have opted to do this via Pilipinas Teleserv, but we thought it’ll be good to personally process it on our own and see how DFA’s system is.
Well, it didn’t come as a surprise that there is so much room for improvement in DFA’s Philippine Passport renewal process. We arrived at around 7:00am, and braved the long queue of people until 8:30am, only to be told that they have reached their quota and we have to come back tomorrow! After standing in line for an hour and a half under the brutal sun, I just had to summon heavenly powers to keep myself from transforming into something hideously monstrous. :D
Tip 1: Get an appointment if you don’t want to take your chances. Follow this link to secure a schedule: Philippine Passport Application Appointment
What makes me more sad, though, is the presence of scammers/fixers near DFA who victimize unknowing Philippine Passport applicants, especially those who came from provinces. They would sell them anything from forms, pens, pictures, etc…and claim that these are all required by DFA. Their wares don’t come cheap, mind you. Sadly, a lot of people actually fall for these things. :(
Tip 2: Read the requirements of DFA before heading there so you won’t be duped by these scam artists. The list of requirements and fees for Philippine Passport applications, renewals, and replacements, can be found in this link: Philippine Passport Requirements and Fees
After a week, we were asked to come back for our Philippine Passports, but because we were already dreading the long queue, we decided to sign up for courier services instead.
Tip 3: If you don’t want to go back to DFA to pick up your passport, you can enlist with the couriers that abound inside DFA’s premises. They will deliver your passport for only P100 within Metro Manila. They also do provincial deliveries, but they have a different delivery rate for this.