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“We got it all for you…including a passport, too!”

If you’re Filipino and you’re old enough to remember the old process of getting a passport on the rickety old Department of Foreign Affairs building, you do know it’s not a pretty sight. (Wrote about it here) The old process of getting a Philippine passport is almost similar to a walking on a tiny gangplank while sharks circle the waters beneath you.

Philippine passport

You are prone to incompetence, discomfort and emotional distress. I knew it’s all I managed to think about when I got my first passport almost six years ago. When it was time to renew my passport and change my maiden name to my married name, I was lucky enough to experience the new streamlines and much improved process on the new DFA Consular office in Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.

Unlike its predecessor, the new system has streamlined and expedited the process, removing the need for touts and hustlers preying on unsuspecting passport applicants.

the new passport application center (picture not my property)

And now, more than 3 years after the opening of the Consular and Passport application center, DFA is providing Filipinos with a more accessible means to get their passports.

The succeeding article is republished from Yahoo.com:

Metro Manila residents may shop and dine while queuing for passports as the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) opens its new consular office at SM Megamall.

The DFA-NCR East consular office, located at the 7th floor of the Mandaluyong City mall’s newly constructed Building C, is first of several passport offices the government is planning to open in shopping malls nationwide, the DFA said Monday.

“The opening of DFA-NCR East is the continuing fruition of the President and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs’ commitment to bringing world class and convenient service to the public,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Refael Seguis said in the statement.

The new passport office will accept 1,000 applicants daily and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for both processing and releasing Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for releasing only on Sundays.

“Only applicants with scheduled appointments and senior citizens with valid proof of age shall be accommodated,” the DFA said.

The DFA in January signed a memorandum of agreement with mall operator SM Prime Holdings for five consular offices in SM malls in the country.

Aside from the Megamall passport office, the agreement also involves the transfer consular offices in Davao, Baguio and Batangas to SM Malls in the areas, and the opening of an extension offices at SM City in Manila.

The initiative is expected to result in over P1 billion in government savings while “achieving its objective of bringing consular services closer to the public,” the DFA said.

SOURCE: Yahoo News

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6 thoughts on ““We got it all for you…including a passport, too!”

  1. this is so awesome no? don’t you just love our malls? you can practically do almost anything and everything in them..like going to the doctor, getting an nbi clearance or driver’s license or even hearing mass!

    i got my passport lang 3 years ago…and i’m ashamed to admit that at 32 years of age i still got duped into spending more that what i should have…no thanks in part to those idiots outside who prey on unsuspecting idiots like me. huhuhu…naluluha talaga ako pag naiisip ko yun.

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      Apparently, they take their tag “We got it all for you…!” seriously 🙂

      That is, why I think, you love this mall right? 🙂

      • You got that right! They’ve only failed me in one area…that is in the “sleepwear” department. I can never find the right giant tshirt / daster in SM. The mall that succeeded was Robinson’s Galleria!

  2. Thanks for the info. I will have my first ever passport application on October 13 and I am excited! My documents are ready, however, my NBI clearance says, “NOT FOR TRAVEL ABROAD”, something like that. I re-used my old NBI clearance which I used for employment, November of last year (It expires November this year and I want to utilize it as much as I can). Do you think the stamped sign, “”NOT FOR TRAVEL ABROAD”” will have an effect on my application? Here are the documents I have at hand:

    NSO Birth Certificate
    Old College ID
    Current Employee ID
    Transcript of Records
    TIN Card
    Postal ID
    NBI Clearance

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      Hi! as far as i know, the stamp “not for travel abroad” pertains to overseas employment.

      In applying for a passport, you only need any of the official IDs indicated, your birth certificate and passport application form available at the DFA website. Make sure you also have a confirmed appointment with the DFA.

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