We cannot deny that there is a vast number of wonderful and incomparable places outside our own country. There are other cultures out there, new types of food, different sceneries, unimaginable things left unexplored; a whole new world out there! We can't just limit ourselves to what we have. Every badi needs to go and try to visit a different country every now and then ---and to do that, we need passports.
Rumor has it that getting a passport is a tedious task. They say that you need to be as early as you can and drag yourself to the DFA at dawn and secure a priority number, else you suffer a long waiting time and be bored yada yada.
But it is not true at all, for us, at least. We found that it's not as bad as the rumors says. We got our passports in more or less 3 hours(yes, 3 hours may not be what you had anticipated but we'll explain why it's not too long.)
We will only guide you on how to get the passports yourselves. You may disregard this if you want to get it from agencies and other passport aid services.
Requirements to get passports in Cebu City
For New Applications
Applying for a new passport needs more requirements as listed below:
LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (At least 1 of the following):
What we brought were the employment ID, Voter's ID, CEDULA, NSO BIrth Certificate with an offical receipt, and our TOR
For Renewal of Passports:
For renewals, the requirements are much simpler. Just bring the following
How to get passports in Cebu City
Once you're done...Congratulations. You're done with the process! Good job! Have a cookie!
The staff will tell you when you can get your passport. The waiting time depends on you're processing fee(950 for normal processing - 1 month, and 1200 or express processing - two weeks.)
Just remember to photocopy the requirements you bring beforehand. We only saw two photocopying services inside the mall and they cost two pesos per scan(back to back scans equals 4 pesos), plus the line for those services can reach up to 30 minutes or more.
As we said, you may opt to get services from travelling agencies, but you'll probably pay extra, maybe an additional 1,000 pesos. We found that the application process was fast and there were no fixers that mess up the queue times. If you don't want to wake up too early, then go ahead. Just make sure you get to the Pacific Mall before 8. We actually recommend this rather than going there at dawn for a priority number. Good luck! And happy travelling!