Our country has been doing its best to adjust with the world’s advancement and modernization, thus it continues to create and build programs and projects that will show the improvement of different government agencies. A lot of different schemes has surfaced our country nowadays, thus a lot of government agencies have been strict in their requirements for any government documents you would like to comply.
Aside from renovating and extending their branches throughout the country, they have also made their services easier for people to access and but more secured for those who want to avail to prevent any difficulties and harm to any of its clients.
There are number of requirements that one must need to be able to apply for a passport, if anything, you lack at least one of the requirements, you’re processing will take a longer time to process.
One of the most important document we need is our birth certificate but DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) has issued a new requirement. Passports should now require complete data, a birth place without the city or municipality and only includes the province can now be considered invalid.
The Birth Certificate should officially come from the Philippine Statistics Authority, formerly known as National Statistics Authority. Wherein, they are now required to indicate the city or municipality of birth. Once DFA receives the requirements, it will then be sent to the main branch in Manila.
If the applicant only writes Negros Occidental as his birthplace, the system will not recognize the information. It has to be with a city or a municipality like, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. They will have to scan a copy of the birth certificate, thus they do not accept or process applicants who do not have the complete requirements or if the certificate doesn’t indicate the specific city or municipality.
Through Passport Appointment Portal, one can fill in the application form. But, those applications done by domestic helpers, senior citizens, seafarers and children who are below 12 years of age do not need to apply for an appointment and can just be a walk-in applicant in any DFA Branch.
If any applicant is unable to show up on their appointment dates, they need to set another appointment online.
Change is constant thus implementing this new requirement is a way of the government for us to have efficient legal documents, thus they are encouraging us to make sure we comply with all the needed documents for easy and fast procedures. They also urge Filipinos to book an appointment 10 months prior to their passport expiration so they will have enough time for delivery of the passports.
Currently, the consulate processes about 360 passport applications withing their 8-hour period with no lunch break.
SOURCE : The Campfire Thoughts