List of passport offices in the Philippines

A passport office at Robinsons Starmills mall in San Fernando, Pampanga
DFA CO Pampanga signage at the entrance to Robinsons Starmills

A Philippine passport is a document issued by the Government of the Philippines to citizens of the Republic of the Philippines requesting other governments to allow them to pass safely and freely. It is both a travel document and a national identity document that enables the bearer to travel internationally.[1]

Passport offices in the Philippines are under the jurisdiction of the Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). These Field Offices of the DFA-OCA, also known as Passport Extension Offices and officially as DFA Consular Offices, process passport applications in select regional shopping malls across the country.[2] In addition to the issuance of Philippine passports, these offices also provide authentification services, verification of consular record documents, accept applications for delayed registration of report of birth, marriage or death abroad and other civil registry documents in coordination with relevant Philippine Foreign Service posts, as well as provide assistance-to-nationals (ATN) services to Filipinos.[3]

The first mall-based passport office opened in February 2012 at Pacific Mall Mandaue in Mandaue, Cebu. This was followed by Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga and Marquee Mall in Angeles which opened in June and July 2012, respectively.[4] In Metro Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs opened its first passport office at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong in August 2012.[5]

Passport offices in the country were categorized as either Satellite Offices (SO) within Metro Manila or Regional Consular Offices (RCO) in other regions. In 2017, through Executive Order No. 45, these passport offices were reorganized under the supervision of the Assistant Secretary of the DFA-OCA and officially renamed as DFA Consular Offices (CO).[6] Each passport office is now headed by a Philippine Foreign Service Officer (FSO) and a Philippine Foreign Service Staff Officer (FSSO).[3]

As of March 2019, the Office of Consular Affairs operates 30 mall-based DFA COs in major cities and regional centers, including six in the capital region.[7]

Passport officesEdit

 
Front cover of a Philippine passport
Passport office City/Municipality Province/Region Location
DFA CO Angeles Angeles Pampanga Marquee Mall
DFA CO Antipolo Antipolo Rizal SM Cherry Antipolo
DFA CO Bacolod Bacolod Negros Occidental Robinsons Place Bacolod
DFA CO Baguio Baguio Benguet SM City Baguio
DFA CO Butuan Butuan Agusan del Norte Robinsons Place Butuan
DFA CO Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro Misamis Oriental Centrio
DFA CO Calasiao Calasiao Pangasinan Robinsons Place Pangasinan
DFA CO Cebu Mandaue Cebu Pacific Mall Mandaue
DFA CO Cotabato Cotabato City Maguindanao Mall of Alnor
DFA CO Davao Davao City Davao del Sur SM City Davao
DFA CO Dumaguete Dumaguete Negros Oriental Robinsons Place Dumaguete
DFA CO General Santos General Santos South Cotabato Robinsons Place General Santos
DFA CO Ilocos Norte San Nicolas Ilocos Norte Robinsons Place Ilocos
DFA CO Iloilo Iloilo City Iloilo Robinsons Place Iloilo
DFA CO La Union San Fernando La Union Manna Mall
DFA CO Legazpi Legazpi Albay Pacific Mall Legazpi
DFA CO Lipa Lipa Batangas Robinsons Place Lipa
DFA CO Lucena Lucena Quezon Pacific Mall Lucena
DFA CO NCR-Central Quezon City Metro Manila Robinsons Galleria
DFA CO NCR-East Mandaluyong Metro Manila SM Megamall
DFA CO NCR-North Quezon City Metro Manila Robinsons Novaliches
DFA CO NCR-Northeast Quezon City Metro Manila Ali Mall
DFA CO NCR-South Muntinlupa Metro Manila Alabang Town Center
DFA CO NCR-West Manila Metro Manila SM City Manila
DFA CO Pampanga San Fernando Pampanga Robinsons Starmills
DFA CO Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa Palawan Robinsons Place Palawan
DFA CO San Pablo San Pablo Laguna SM City San Pablo
DFA CO Santiago Santiago Isabela Robinsons Place Santiago
DFA CO Tacloban Tacloban Leyte Robinsons North Tacloban
DFA CO Tagum Tagum Davao del Norte GMall of Tagum
DFA CO Tuguegarao Tuguegarao Cagayan City Hall Regional Government Center
DFA CO Zamboanga Zamboanga City Zamboanga del Sur Go-Velayo Building, Veterans Avenue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Republic Act No. 8239 (Philippine Passport Act of 1996)". Official Gazette (Philippines). Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ Reyes, Fat (30 July 2012). "14 mall-based passport offices to serve public by end of year – DFA". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 March 2019. no-break space character in |title= at position 64 (help)
  3. ^ a b "Executive Order No. 45, s. 2017". Official Gazette (Philippines). Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs (19 July 2012). "Marked improvement in DFA's passport services". Official Gazette (Philippines). Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ Lee-Brago, Pia (1 September 2012). "Passports now available at SM Megamall". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Duterte restructures NEDA, DFA, BOC offices". Presidential Communications Operations Office. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Directory". Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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