DFA reiterates guidelines on passport appointment, renewal

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Bacolod City reiterated that the basic premise for passport processing is through online appointment.

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION. (L-R) Negros Occidental Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin, Jr. and NAGIOL President Olive Seruelo give a Certificate of Appreciation to keynote speaker Carolina Constantino, DFA-Bacolod OIC. *(LML-pia6)

Speaking before the Negros Association of Government Information Officers and Liaisons (NAGIOL) members, DFA-Bacolod Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Carolina Constantino said that everyone must secure an appointment.

However, walk-in clients who have valid reasons such as students who travel for education purposes and need immediate passport processing, are allowed.

A valid proof must be presented upon passport processing.

Courtesy lanes are also provided for senior citizens, minors, pregnant women, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and solo parents.

“The appointment system is everywhere. In other words, if taga-Bacolod ho kayo (if you are from Bacolod), and at some point, you realized that your passport is about to expire and you are in Cebu or you are in Manila or even abroad, then you can still renew your passports anywhere,” Constantino explained.

“Rational naman po ang ating mga policies. (Our policies are rational.) But if it is just some travels that you could have scheduled for a long time, we would require an appointment,” Constantino added.

The releasing of passports other than the place of application is likewise permitted through transfer of release.

This usually occurs to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have limited time in renewing their passports.

The DFA noted that online appointments are free and personal appearance is required for all passport applicants.

Meanwhile, passport fees range from P950.00 for regular processing (20 working days) and P1,200.00 (10 working days) for expressing processing.

For inquiries, visit www.dfa.gov.ph or contact DFA-Bacolod at telephone numbers, (034) 441-2675/441-2681.* (JCM/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)