Getting something done in the Philippines can be a pain in the butt. Everything is just slow and there are processes that just don’t make sense…to me! To my surprise, I got my passport renewed without hassle.
On October 9th, I went online to get my appointment and the earliest I got was for October 16th at 11AM.
Everything you need to know is on their website at http://megamall.passport.com.ph. Just carefully read everything and follow what it says.
Since I have an e-passport for renewal, my requirements are easy.
Make sure you photocopied all your documents for faster transaction. The valid ID that they require needs to be photocopied as well. In case you forgot to photocopy something, they have a photocopy machine inside the processing area for P3.00 per page.
DFA is on the highest floor of Megamall Building C. I went in line at 10:30AM. At this time, they only allow people with 11AM appointment so if yours is not until 11:30AM don’t even try to get in line yet.
You first have to get your documents VERIFIED at the Information desk. We did not get a queue number as stated on their website though so it was basically on a first come, first serve basis.
The next step is the PROCESSING, even though I indicated online that I want the expedite process, they still asked me here. Regular Processing is P950.00 which takes 15 working days while the Express Processing is P1,200 for 7 working days.
Third step is the PAYMENT, one of the smartest thing you can do is to bring an exact amount like I did.
The last process is the ENCODING where your photo will be captured and your biometrics will be taken.
They have LBC courier service right by the exit door. Of course I took advantage of this for P120.00 and your passport will be delivered the next day (Metro Manila) after the release date of your passport.
I was done at 11:50AM. That was the fastest transaction I had in the Philippine government!!!
Since it was lunch time and I was in SM Megamall where El Pollo Loco is, I had my lunch there. This is my favorite fast food chain to get chicken. 🙂