First of all, akong picture ani nga post kay usa ra kabuok kay… well, wa ko’y rason. Wa lang jud ko naka huna huna ug pamicture. Naa sad biya ta’y lain concerns in life diba… PERO para ma enganyo mo, here’s a totally unrelated picture of the resort we stayed in in Boljooin last week
Second, mao ni ang account sa akong experience, so before mo musuwat ug reaction paper saying nga sayop ko kay lahi inyong na agi-an/nadunggan, aw, inyo sad nah. We are all unique biya daw, diba, busa, unique sad atong experiences. Hahahaha.
Third, this post only applies to passport renewal and NOT to new passport application.
So sugod na ta ha? Okay? Okay! If you’re like me nga:
- Cheap and dili willing mu gasto ug extra nga PHP 1000 by getting the help of a travel agency, or
- Dili ganahan magpatabang ug kaila sa DFA para wala’y utang kabubut-on (CHAR! Wa lang jud bitaw ko’y kaila hahaha), then you’ve come to the right place.
Aside from being cheap and poorly-connected, I also write this entry to make life easier, simpler, better, faster, stronger (Kanye West?). Out of the goodness jud ni siya of my heart. Haha! Today, I went to DFA to get my passport renewed. DFA ha, as in Department of Foreign Affairs. Dili NFA, nga National Food Authority. Kung ganahan mo mupalit ug barato nga rice, adto mo sa NFA. For those of you who still don’t know where DFA Cebu is, it’s located on the fourth floor of Pacific Mall in Mandaue City.
Because I didn’t want to wake up at like 3 in the morning (as many people suggest), I went at 1 in the afternoon. Apparently, the later you go in the afternoon, the less people there will be. If you go at, say, 5 PM, wan a jud nay tao. Ikaw na lang jud nah usa… kay sirado na man sila. Hahaha. Mapugos na lang jud dayon ka’g grocery sa ubos para di ma sayang ang pag adto!
Because I had done my research, I already brought the required documents with me (original AND photocopies). For renewal, you need your:
- old passport
- duly accomplished application form
- a valid ID
- 3 supporting documents (such as moral support, financial support, emotional support)
The first thing I did was ask for an application form from the guard. The form is quite easy to fill out, so dontcha worry child. I then gave back my already filled out form to the same guard, and he told me to come back at 3, so nag suroy suroy ko, ni kaon ug ice cream, French fries, namantay ug mga tao, and etc.
I went back up at about 2:15, and sat around for 20 minutes, until I decided to go ask the guard if my name had already been called, even though it wasn’t 3 yet… unya pwede na diay ko mu sud. The guard when through the stack of application forms, and mine was already in it and had been numbered, too. Nasayang lang akong oras sa pag lingkod lingkod.
By this point, nagsakit akong heart kay na sayang akong oras, naka gasto pa jud ko’g pagkaon bisa’g wa ko gi gutom. Na bored lang jud ko. ANYWAY, I went in and got in line for ASSESSMENT. My wait was less than 5 minutes, and the process itself took about 3. It’s fairly quick as long as you have your requirements ready. In my case, the only documents asked of me were my original AND photocopies of my passport and valid ID (I presented my driver’s license). I was informed that my new passport could be claimed in 30 working days, and because feel lang nako makig chika chika, pina ana dayon ko’g, “Hala, di na pwede ipa expedite?” (expedite as in to make faster, dili nga mu join ug expedition okay guys?). Pa as if kaayo ko nga nagdali noh? As if naay largahan soon haha but for everyone’s information, rush processing of passports is currently suspended.
The clerk gave me back my passport and application form, and I proceeded to the next step – PAYMENT. The fee for regular processing is PHP 950. You hand your cash and application to the cashier behind the first window, and then move to the window next to it, where another clerk gives you back your application form and receipt.
The next step is ENCODING, which didn’t take long at all, as well. You just step in a booth that’s vacant, hand your application form to the clerk, get your photo taken (“You can smile without showing your teeth,” the clerk said, so if ganahan mo mu smize, chance na ni ninyo), your thumb marks scanned, and then you have to give a sample signature using those digital pens that always turn out terribly.
Once you get all those things done, you go to booth number 1 and wait for your name to be called. The clerk at this booth then hands you a sheet of paper that she asks you to review. All you do is here is make sure that all the information the encoding clerks typed in are correct. If there are no errors, you sign the sheet, and that’s it! The clerk just tells you to read the reminders that are posted on the walls on your way out.
Naka take ko’g picture sa reminders (maayo na lang noh?), para ma ingnan ninyo ang clerk nga na basa na ninyo sa akong blog. Ma ing-ani jud dayon inyong conversation sa DFA employee igpa renew ninyo’g passport:
Window 1 clerk: “Please read the remin-“
You: “Thanks, but I’ve already read those reminders on Paolo’s blog”
Window 1 clerk: “Kinsa’y Paolo ba oi?! Wa ko kaila ana noh”
Hahahahahahaha. Not including the time I spent waiting for nothing, the whole process took less than 30 minutes. O diba? Nag level up na ang DFA.
If you’d like more information, please feel free… feel free to contact DFA. Hahahaha! Seriously, though, check out DFA’s official website here.