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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

No Appointment Needed: 400 Slots Everyday for OFW Renewal of Passport at DFA Ortigas

Getting a passport in the Philippines is one of the slowest processes. Thousands or even millions of Filipinos want to have a passport but cannot be accommodated even in online appointment since it is always fully booked.  But the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is doing its best to shorten the process, especially for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are considered to be "Modern Day Heroes" of the country as their remittances keep our economy afloat.





Getting a passport in the Philippines is one of the slowest processes. Thousands or even millions of Filipinos want to have a passport but cannot be accommodated even in online appointment since it is always fully booked.

But the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is doing its best to shorten the process, especially for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are considered to be "Modern Day Heroes" of the country as their remittances keep our economy afloat.


If you are OFW who needs to renew a passport, don't your know that online appointment slot is no longer needed in DFA-Ortigas? This is after the DFA establish an express lane exclusively for OFWs.

Read Also: Cayetano: Remove Passport Appointment System And Release Passport In Few Days


To benefit the express lane, aside from common requirements needed in passport application or for renewal, just bring three additional requirements;

1. Job Contract
2. Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or IDOLE
3. Plane Ticket

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) National Capital Region-Central, located at Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas, has 400 slots for OFWs per day.

But since it is just a 400 slots a day, you have to be there as early as 4:00 am or 5:00 am to get one.






However, OFW passport applicants were also assured that they will be entertained at the satellite office following the said time schedule, even if mall hours start at 10:00 am.

In 2016, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) wrote that

"OFWs with complete documents and arrive at the satellite office before 12:00 noon, can have their passport renewal processed on the same day."

It added that OFW passport applicants were also assured that they will be entertained at the satellite office following the said time schedule, even if mall hours start at 10:00 am.





However, this 2017, there are OFWs who disprove that claim that passport can be released within a day.

It says that even if you are OFW, arrived very early and get in 400 slots allotted, your passport will be released, seven days the shortest.

For further inquiries, OFW passport applicants may get in touch at the information counter of DFA NCR-Central or call (02) 631-0806 or email at dfa.ncr.central@gmail.com.

Also, there is an OFW Express Lane in every passport processing center of DFA but if you cannot see one in your area, you may approach any passport processing officer with your requirement need and explain to them that you are an OFW.





However, OFWs has no discount in passport fees and still need to pay the following;

For First-time passport applicants:
Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Renewal of passport applicants:
Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

The following are list of acceptable IDs for passport;
Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:


  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID
  • Voter’s ID
Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
  • Old College ID 
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs
LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to the date of application that show correct name, date, and place of birth, picture, and signature of the applicant, at least 2 of the following):
  • PSA Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Digitized Postal ID
  • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt)
  • School Yearbook



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