DFA extends validity of expiring passports

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that they are extending the validity of expiring passports up to one year for those who urgently need to travel, and have applied for their ePassports, but have not received their renewed passports. Unprecedented increase in applicants for passports, and technical difficulty forced the Department of Foreign Affairs’ hand on the matter in spite increase office hours up to 8PM on weekdays, and opening shop from 8AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

According to the Official Gazette, “Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and applicants who need their passports on emergency circumstances (e.g., medical concerns, death in the immediate family) are advised to go to the Passport Director’s Office, for assistance. The Passport Director’s Office is located at the ground floor of the DFA-OCA at the Aseana Business Park along Macapagal Avenue.”

The DFA-OCA maybe reached at (02) 737-1000, and (02) 556-0000. The public may also send email to [email protected], or visit their website.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

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  • charshenshasha

    Thank you po sainyo lahat =) eto po nakapag fil up na po kami. kaso po wala pa po ata slot ang Oct. po. hindi po kami nakapag kuha pa po ng date po.
    balik balikan nalang po namin para po ma check kung may slot na po para sa oct. thank you po ltga!

    • Bert

      hanggang katapusan lang ng august ang nakita mo, Charshen? naku, mahirap iyan, baka magahol ka sa panahon para sa petsang October 2 kung ganyan kaiksi ang panahon na pagpipilian ng applicant. ang dami kasing naga-apply online kaya agawan sa petsa. dati kasi 3 months pa mayroon na.

      dalasan mo na lang ang pag visit sa site nila para makuha mo na ang petsang Oct. 2 or 3, at hindi ka maunahan ng mga iba.

      • charshenshasha

        opo aug. ng katapusan lang ang mga nakita ko po date na pwed mg pa appointment,
        pero pag dating po sa Oct. ” Sorry, an error has occurred. Please call (02) 737-1000 or try again. ” po ang lumalabas. kaya ng try nlng po ako tumawag sa no# na yan kaaso plgi po ‘busy’. bukas try namin po ulit tumawag ng maaga baka sakali may sumagot po.

    • Bert

      basahin mo sa ibaba nito, meron akong instruction sa’yo kung paano pagpunta sa DFA para hindi ka maligaw.

  • charshenshasha

    thank you po =) madaming madaming salamat po =) eto nakita kna rin po at naka pag fil up po. pero ang date po ng oct. wala pa po ata sced. hangan aug. ng katapusan lang po ang nakita po namin. pero babalik balikan nlng po namin para po maka kuha po kami na date po sa oct. Thankyou po sainyo po lahat =) sana po magawa namin po ng smooth ang lahat po

  • charshenshasha

    may gusto po ako itanong po sainyo lahat.

    dito po kmi sa japan po naka base.(pinoy po kmi)
    at nakakuha na po kmi ng tiket po para makapag bakasyon po sa pians sa Oct.1 – Oct 28 2011

    kaso ma eexpire na pala ang passport ng asawa ko po sa March 12 2011.
    bali pag babalik po kami dito sa japan(Oct.28) less than 6months na at sa mga nabasa ko dito sa internet hindi daw pinapayagan ng bansa natin ang usalis sa bansa kung less than 6months na ang passport mo.

    may trabaho pa kmi na dapat balikan at nakapag tanong na kmi idto sa japan side, at sinabi samin na basta may re-entry pwed makapasok dito sa japan.

    koso kahit nga ok dito kung dyan naman kmi saatin hindi payagan ng umalis wala rin kwenta un.

    ano po ba ang maganda namin po gawin para po makapag bakasyon kmi dyan. 2 taon na rin kmi hinid nakakauwi.

    madaming salamat po!

    • Bert

      Charshen,

      Baka nga hindi pumayag na makaalis kung wala ng 6 months ang validity ng passport, pero huwag kang mag alala, mabilis ng mag-renew ngayon sa DFA, near Asiana bldg. sa malapit sa Roxas blvd., lagpas Baclaran, bandang kanan galing sa Luneta, kung alam mo ang tamang sistema.

      Ganito ang gawin mo. Ngayon pa lang mag apply ka na ng appointment sa DFA, online, sa dfa.com.ph. Filled up mo ang application form doon para sa e-passport, kailangan lang filled up mo lahat na tanong na hinihingi sa form. Dahil sa ang dating mo sa Pinas ay Octobe 1, ang piliin mong date ng appointment mo, na ilalagay mo sa form, ay October 2 or 3. Basahin mo at sundan ang lahat na instructions na makikita mo kasama ng blank form na application. After finishing to fill up the form, send mo na, maghintay ka ng few minutes at ico-confirm iyong date na pinili mo, kapag confirmed na, i-print mo iyon at iyon ang dadalhin mo sa DFA sa October 2 kasama ng mga xerox copy ng page 1, 2, 3, 4 at last page ng luma mong passport. Doon sa DFA, tatanungin ka kung kailan ka lilipad, sabihin mo sa Oct. 28 para mas maaga nilang ilagay sa claim stab kung kailan ang release ng bago mong e-passport, usually 10 to fifteen days kung expedite, 20 days kung regular. P1,200 kung expedite, P920 kung regular. Mayroon kang options kung gusto mo home delivery or pick up, piliin mo pick. Ikaw ang kukuha doon sa DFA sa araw at oras ng release. Ang official courier kasi ng DFA ay ang LBC, pero hindi reliable ang delivery date nila, delay ng mga tatlong araw, kaya para sigurado ikaw na mismo ang kukuha. Sa pagkuha mo, kailangan dala mo ang claim stab,ang luma mong passport, at isang valid ID mo. Iyon lang.

      Sana nakatulong ako saiyo.

      • Bert

        Inuulit ko, ngayon mo na gawin ang pag apply sa internet, kasi mabilis mapuno ang mga petsa 3 months before pa lang agawan na, kaya pag filled up mo ng application form bilisan mo lang at kung minsan few seconds pa lang, iyong napili mong petsa ay ukopado na ng ibang applicant habang kinukumpleto mo ang application.

        • Bert

          last na ito. siguruhin mo na ang gagamitin mong papel sa pag print ng confirmed application form ay long bond paper, repeat, long typewriting paper.

          • charshenshasha

            thank you so so much po! cge po ngyon po mg fifili up na po ako. madaming madaming salamat po sainyo. =)

      • charshenshasha

        thank you po tlga =) anyway po taga pampanga po kami, pwede po ba kami mg renew po ba sa Clark po? or dapat po mismo po sa manila?

        • GabbyD

          may regional offices yan. pag nag pa-appointment ka, dapat nandoon kung saan ang office na pupuntahan mo.

          • charshenshasha

            thank you po.. .pero pasensya na po kau sakin, medyo mahina po ako, hindi ko po makita ang pag kuha po ng appointments po sa dfa.ph
            nakita ko lang po un download po ng blank form po. pero un po pang fili up po para sa e^passport po hindi ko po mahanap..

          • GabbyD

            http://epassport.com.ph/

            next time: use google. very useful yan.

        • Bert

          Ang alam ko, lahat na online appointment ay sa DFA-Manila ang processing. Para hindi ka maligaw, kung meron kang kotse, deretsuhin mo lang ang Roxas Blvd. hanggang Baclaran, paglagpas mo sa Baclaran Church (sa kaliwa ang church, may pedestrian overpass doon), paglagpas mo sa pedestrian overpass mga 30 meters ang layo ay mayroong street, liko-kanan ka roon, pangalawang building sa kanan, maraming tao, iyon na ang DFA. Dala mo ang finished application form at iba pang documents, pasok ka sa Gate 2, mayroon ng maga-assist sa’yo doon, pila-pila. Mahaba ang pila kaya agahan mo, pero kung senior citizen kayo mayroon kayong pila na mas maiksi. Kung senior citizen kayo huwag na ninyong sundin ang time ng appointment, kung hapon ang appointment time ninyo halimbawa pwede na kayong pumunta sa umaga, papasukin na kayo.

          Kung bata ka pa, at malakas pa ang tuhod mo, at wala kang dalang kotse, sumakay ka ng LRT sa Monumento at bumaba ka sa Baclaran station, lakarin mo na lang hanggang DFA kung kaya mo. Bumili ka ng nilagang mais sa along the way, bagalan mo lang ang nguya sa mais, bago maubos iyon nandoon ka na sa DFA. Medyo pasipol-sipol ka lang.

          Siyanga pala, ang website ng DFA ay hindi dfa.ph kundi dfa.com.ph

          Ok na?

          • Bert

            sa tapat ng DFA, mayroong open space parking, malawak, hindi ka mauubusan, kung meron kang dalang kotse, P30 ang bayad sa tatlong oras.

  • UP nn grad

    DFA problems… now, this.
    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/219950/technologoy/govph-portal-offline-from-unexplained-hardware-issues

    Hack-attack???? And Pilipinas shields crumbled????

  • Bert

    OFWs with expiring passport who are going back to the Philippies for a one month vacation and want to renew thair passport while on vacation will be having big problem with this delay in processing at the DFA. Since they’re only allowed by their employers to go on a one month yearly vacation, there’s a big chance they’ll lose their job if they cannot return back to work on time just because the DFA has an internal problem in processing pasport and the DFA will not extend their passport for reason it’s not an emergency case.

    Idiotic talaga itong ‘extension’ for emergency cases only, ‘di ba?

    • UP nn grad

      If I were an OFW in Bahrain or Guam and my passport has 11 months or so left, I’ll ask for a new passport at Pilipinas consular office. They get the Maroon-Passport but one does not have to go thru the hassle of DFA-Manila.

      • UP nn grad

        In Canberra (maybe also in New York) the new Pinas passports are all ePassports — machine-readable not being produced anymore.

      • Bert

        In UAE, the embassy issues only the computerized passport for renewal, no maroon or green passport anymore. Problem is, since they don’t have the machine there, the processing will still have to be sent to Manila so will take longer than if you’ll just have to renew it yourself here in Manila if your vacation happen to be due already, due on July for example..

        So, if your passport is expiring on December and you have already your vacation airplane ticket for the month of July, if you apply for the renewal in Abu Dhabi now, you’ll have no passport to use on July.

        If on the other hand, you decide to renew your passport when you arrived in Manila on July, and you have only a duration of one month vacation from your employer, with the delay in processing in Manila, you’ll have no passport to use in going back to UAE after finishing your one month vacation.

        ‘Di ba?

  • Bert

    If those are internal problems inside the DFA that are causing the delay in the processing of passport, then that announcement by the Official Gazette is idiotic and utter nonsense. Why must extending expired passport be confined to those emergency cases only? It’s the DFA’s fault they’re inefficient in their jobs, so why not apply the one year extension provision to all expired passport to remedy the worsening situation there at the DFA?

    Is the new secretary of the DFA sleeping already this early?

    • UP nn grad

      Bert: Did you know that Pilipinas DFA recognizes divorce?

      What I mean is a divorced Pinay can go back to her maiden name on her new passport. Here are the instructions (from DFA website):
      ————————-
      If you would like to revert back to your maiden name.

      Please prepare the following as well:

      Death Certificate of the deceased husband and Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
      If marriage is annulled: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued Marriage Certificate with the annotation on the annulment decree.

      If divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained and NSO-issued Marriage Certificate with the annotation on the divorced decree.

      • manuelbuencamino

        UP,

        OO NAMAN!

        The DFA recognizes divorce because our Civil Code and our Family Code recognize divorce. Didn’t you know that?

        For your edification:

        The Family Code of the Philippines

        TITLE I

        MARRIAGE

        Chapter 1. Requisites of Marriage

        Art. 26. ….Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law. (As amended by Executive Order 227)

        The Civil Code of the Philippines

        Title III. – MARRIAGE

        CHAPTER 1
        REQUISITES OF MARRIAGE

        Art. 61. In case either of the contracting parties is a widowed or divorced person, the same shall be required to furnish, instead of the baptismal or birth certificate required in the last preceding article, the death certificate of the deceased spouse or the decree of the divorce court, as the case may be…..

        In case either or both of the contracting parties, being neither widowed nor divorced, are less than twenty years of age as regards the male and less than eighteen years as regards the female, they shall, in addition to the requirements of the preceding articles, exhibit to the local civil registrar, the consent to their marriage, of their father, mother or guardian, or persons having legal charge of them, in the order mentioned….

        • UP nn grad

          actually, I didn’t know. I never needed to know that to get a driver’s license or to buy a pair of socks, or like I would let the existence or non-existence of that Executive Order prevent me from stepping out of way the when people I know take steps out of a bad marriage. Was that a GullorrYYA executive order?

          Better tell Senator C-5-dude there is no need for his proposal for a new “divorce law” in Pilipinas. Or maybe a divorce law is still needed for Pilipinas so property rights issues gets better defined, whatcha think. But my sense is that this is lower priority than Freedom-Information law for Pilipinas, or implementing a progressive yearly tax on real-estate/houses and condos and vvvrooo-ooom-vrr-oooom helicopters and cars.to address Doy’s comments about tax revenues for Pilipiinas for the still unbuilt elementary- and high-schools and other “social compact” items.

          • manuelbuencamino

            Up,

            “actually, I didn’t know.”

            Kasi huwag kang dakdak ng dakdak kung wala jang alam. Mag google ka man lamang sana.

            “Better tell Senator C-5-dude there is no need for his proposal for a new “divorce law” in Pilipinas. Or maybe a divorce law is still needed for Pilipinas so property rights issues gets better defined, whatcha think.”

            At saka basahin mo ulit yun chap1 art 26.

            Naintindihan mo na kung bakit kailangan ng divorce law para sa mag-asawa na parehong pilipino?

            Kinut and paste na nga para sa iyo hindi mo pa babasahin ng maigi. Humingi ka nga ng medication kay benigno para hindi ka parang manok na pinugutan ng ulo.

      • Bert

        You mean, UP n, that DFA is giving top priority attention to those Pinays reverting back to theirr maiden name in their passport? Hmmmm, disposing off their husband could be an emergency procedure nowadays I supposed. Hmmmm, strange.

  • well your still screwed if your passport expires and your in a different country/region even if the DFA would extend the validity of you passport. But the foreign officials wont have a clue whether the passport is valid or not anymore.

    • UP nn grad

      until a foreign official looks at your passport — passport-control at airports… o identity-check.

    • manuelbuencamino

      tech,

      Consular offices abroad can extend the validity of expired passports. That’s one reason why they are there.

  • UP nn grad

    this “extending the validity of expired passports”, sa Pilipinas lang iyan.

    I mean, the airlines and the customs and immigration of Pilipinas can adjust to the expired Pinoy passports, pero this is nagkakalokohan lang.

    Try flying into Hongkong with an expired passport, tingnan mo kung ano ang mangyayari. For you to say “… eh habasa ko sa GMA news, eh…”, hindi iyon palulusutin.

    • GabbyD

      i think they are smarter than that. i really cannot believe that you would choose to IGNORE the part where they say you need to go to the passport director’s office.

      when you get there, they will do more than ask you to read a newspaper report.

      why ignore that? its plainly written.

      seriously, whats wrong man?

      • UP nn grad

        you still don’t get it… DFA is sending the message to go only when the Pinoy encounters an emergency (like there is a death in the family).

        The idiocy is that a Pinoy with expired passport who chooses to shop in Bangkok — trouble. Now think of a Pinoy in Japan — expired passport — who hops into a plane to make bisita to girlfriend in Hongkong.. Bili ng ticket (nonrefundable para mura) OFW tries to fly and gets rejected. Iyong ticket? Por nada. And if napakiusapan at pinasakay… pag dating sa Hongkong. Rejected. sent home to manila. Suddenly, ngayon may emergency na nga.

        • GabbyD

          wow, your example makes no sense.

          if you are gonna fly to bangkok, either it’s for urgent reasons or not.

          you can decide for yourself if shopping is “urgent” hint: no.

          if NOT, you can go via the regular route, which is now less congested thanks to prioritization.

          seriously, whats up with you dude? parang nawala ang logic mo?

          • UP nn grad

            huh? it has to be an urgent reason to want to fly to Bangkok?

            What DFA does not want to say is that something has gone wrong (story is a computer project gone bad!) and processing passports is taking a serious hit. Many Pinoys now have expired passports because of a snafu inside DFA.

            The message to Pinoys should be “… sorry, medyo pumalpak eh” and then to say “huwag kayong magkamaling lilipad na expired ang passport”. At lalo na kayong mga smugglers o kayong mga pabandying-bandying lang na gustong lumipad at magshopping sa Baiyoke, kayo ang mga may kagagawan nito kayo huwag na kayong umangal… basta huwag kayong lilipad kung expired ang passport.

            We have you covered… daang matuwid!

            Heh he heh… ganun lang iyong, gabbyD.

          • GabbyD

            “What DFA does not want to say is that something has gone wrong ”

            of course something has gone wrong! geez…

            they are trying to fix it. what do you want them to do?

            “Many Pinoys now have expired passports because of a snafu inside DFA.”

            thats why they are extending passports… geez. thats the whole point!

          • UP nn grad

            Now I’m curious what happened inside DFA. Have the chips gone bad or is the chip-encoder messed up? Is it the fingerprinting machine?

            Is it an internal database server inside DFA that got hacked?

          • UP nn grad

            Another solution is just mail a passport — MRP (machine-readable) form — so not a single OFW who has to get to his/her new job gets stopped-dead-cold by the snafu at DFA.

          • UP nn grad

            Actually, in the scheme of things, maliit na bagay lang ito.

            Siguro ang mapipinsalang Pilipino, less than 250. (Huwag niyong tanungin saan ko nakuha ang 250 at bakit hindi sampung libo… haka-haka lang). Karamihan dito ay mga Pinoy-sa-Pilipinas na mapipinsala dahil hindi sila makakuha ng passport at hindi sila makalipid in time to their new jobs. Sorry na lang… hanap bna lang ng iba (at bayad uli sa agency).

            Iyong mga OFW’s na nasa ibang bansa na, dahil may passport na sila, medyo mas marami ang paraan. At alam na nila na marami-raming ding araw ( o linggo… o buwan) na wala silang passport habang gumagawa ng bago. Medyo mas alam nila, kakaunti na lang siguro sa kanila ang mapipinsala.

            Ganuon lang iyon… malas na lang, kanino pa sila aangal, sa kanila Obispo o sa kanilang meyor? Mga walang boses… kuwayet na lang. Lulon…. ganuon lang ang buhay.

    • manuelbuencamino

      UPn,

      All the DFA has to do is to stamp the passport with an extension notice.

      And then the DFA notifies concerned governments worldwide to expect extended passports with such and such a stamp.

      It’s simple really, as your idol is wont to say.