We wanted to get Callie a Philippine passport as early as possible. When she was born we had her birth certificate rushed so we can apply for her passport.
Before, getting a passport was such a hassle with long lines and scalpers outside. I remember having to be at DFA Pasay by 5AM just to line up to apply for my passport back in the 90s. Such is not the case these days.
Surprisingly, DFA now has satellite offices where you can apply or renew your passport. Since we were near Megamall, that’s where we planned to go. We checked the DFA Megamall site to see what to expect and requirements that we need.
DFA Megamall or DFA NCR East is located at the 7th Floor Megamall Building C. That’s at the top floor of the parking lot building in front of Building A. You can only park up to the sixth floor though.
DFA NCR – East (SM Megamall) is open from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Mondays-Fridays) and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Saturdays).
Appointments during Saturdays will be considered express processing and will be charged P1,200.
Since Callie is below 1 year old, she doesn’t have to schedule an appointment. The guard just ushered us in ahead of the others and Tia got a number for the window that caters to minors below 1 year olds, senior citizens, OFWs, and people with disability.
After filling up Callie’s application form, we simply waited. Only took less than 10 minutes before our number was called. All we did was submit Callie’s requirements:
- NSO authenticated birth certificate (doesn’t have to be the NSO copy)
- Copy of mother’s passport
- Marriage certificate
- Callie’s application form
Everything’s in order so we lined up to pay the Php1,200 7-day express processing fee. Php950 if you want it in 15 days.
Next is the picture taking. We were worried because Callie was just 2 weeks old back then and she was asleep. This was the longest portion of the process if it’s for an infant but the DFA staff was really patient and helpful. Kudos to you sir.
He laid down a blue blanket on his desk and I went inside to lay Callie there. She was slightly awake at this time and already crying. We needed a photo where her eyes are open and her mouth close. Hard to do when baby’s hungry and her arms are flailing around. But we did it after so many takes, it took us about 20 minutes to get a usable photo.
That’s over and done, on the way outside we were asked if we want to have it delivered to our doorstep. Yes we did so we paid Php120 for courier services via LBC.
After 10 days, we got Callie’s passport. Woot! I say well done DFA NCR East for a fast, and hassle-free service and friendly staffs including the guards.
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