Setting an appointment with the DFA to apply for a new passport or have an old one renewed, is free of charge. All you have to do is log on to the www.passport.com.ph website, choose a DFA branch nearest you, and block off your preferred date and time for the passport application. It is a convenient means to secure your slot with the DFA and save yourself from waiting in line like before.
The DFA receives an average of 15,000 passport applications daily. Sadly though, only about 53% of the appointments are fulfilled while the rest simply do not show up. Essentially, the dates and hours these “no-shows” blocked off are wasted when it could have accommodated other passport applicants. Since there are no fees involved in setting an appointment, anybody can just block off a schedule and then simply ignore it later on. If they fail to make it to their original appointment, they can easily set another one, no sweat. As a result, hundreds of applicants are left with no choice but to wait for as long as two months to be accommodated by the agency.
To address this issue, the DFA announced that those who will fail to show up for their set appointments will be barred from re-applying for 30 days. This move aims to discourage applicants from taking their appointments for granted and not waste the available slots on the website.
The policy takes effect on June 1, 2016.
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