Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How To Go To DFA Manila (New Office Address)

DFA Consular Office in Metro Manila

Update. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA Consular Office) moved to a new location. Its new office address (DFA Consular Office) is:

ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City
Hotline (02) 737-1000



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DFA Passport Appointment System

With its DFA Passport Appointment System, you can now apply online and set an appointment date for your personal appearance (data capturing purposes). You can apply online at passport.com.ph.

DFA also has offices at the following malls:
  • SM City, Manila (the online site is manila.passport.com.ph. SM City Manila is located at Conception Street Corner Arroceros, San Marcelino, Manila, 1000, Metro Manila.)
  • SM Megamall, EDSA, Pasig 
  • Robinsons Galleria, EDSA-Ortigas Ave, Quezon City 

DFA offices at the malls offer the following services:
  • new passport application, 
  • passport renewal, and 
  • authentication services. 
DFA offices at the malls are open on the following days:
  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for both processing and releasing of passports and, 
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for passport releasing. 
For other DFA satellite (mall or mobile) offices, call DFA hotline at 737-1000. You can also visit Philippine Information Agency for a list DFA passporting services availability nearest your area.

DFA Main Office

The Department of Foreign Affairs is actually in Pasay City, Metro Manila. It's address is 2330 Roxas Boulevard. However, if your purpose of going there is to secure a passport, you need to use the back entrance, which is at Roberts Street.

Nearest Intersection to DFA


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To get to DFA Manila in Pasay, if securing a passport is your purpose, its nearest intersection is F.B Harrison and A. Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Libertad Street). Whether you will travel by private or public transport, just find this intersection to surely find your way. DFA is just a few steps from this intersection. (Note. The map erroneously indicates Quirino Avenue; that should've been F.B. Harrison.)

By Private Transport

There are a number of routes to choose from when going to DFA Manila. You can select below whichever is convenient for you.

  • Via Roxas Boulevard, turn to Arnaiz Avenue (Libertad).
  • Via F.B. Harrison, turn to Arnaiz Avenue.
  • Via Buendia Avenue from Makati, turn to F.B. Harrison
  • Via A. Mabini Street (Rizal Park, Ermita, or Malate) bound from Quiapo or Binondo, make a U-turn at Buendia Avenue, then turn right to F.B. Harrison.
  • Via Taft Avenue, turn to Arnaiz Avenue
  • Via A.Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road) bound from Makati 
  • Via SLEX, turn left to A. Arnaiz Avenue
  • Via EDSA, turn to Buendia Avenue or A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road)
By Public Transport

Wherever you're coming from, all routes should lead you to the nearest intersection, which is F.B. Harrison and A. Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Libertad). You can choose from the different public transport routes below.
  • Via F.B. Harrison, take Baclaran-Libertad route jeepneys
  • Via A. Mabini or F.B Harrison bound from Binondo, Quaipo, Ermita, or Malate, take any jeepney en route to Baclaran-Libertad-DFA.
  • Via Buendia Avenue, buses or jeepneys can drop you off at A. Mabini Street. At A. Mabini Street, take any jeepney with a DFA signboard.
  • Via EDSA or Buendia Avenue, take a bus en route to Buendia-Baclaran and get off at A. Mabini Street.
  • Via Chino Roces bound from PRC Makati, take Pasay-Libertad jeepney and get off at A. Arnaiz (Libertad).
  • Via Chino Roces (Pasong Tamo) or A. Arnaiz Avenue bound from Makati, take a jeepney en route to Evangelista. From Evangelista Street, take Pasay-Libertad jeepney.
  • From SLEX, take any bus en route to Buendia-Taft. From Buendia-Taft, take any jeepney en route to DFA (usually with DFA or Libertad signboards).
  • Via Taft Avenue, get off at A. Arnaiz (Libertad). Take any ride going to DFA.
English Grammar Tip

To "commute" means "to travel a long distance every day between your home and your place of work." (Collins Cobuild Essential English Dictionary). You can commute either by public or private transport. To commute is not restricted to public transport such as jeepneys, buses, or trains. You can commute with your own car, in a cab, or somebody else's car. You can even commute using a helicopter or a boat if that's what you use every day to go to work. Filipinos have erroneously used the word to "commute" to mean "to use or to travel by public transport."

Traveling Tip 

I used to work for the Ayala Corporation. While my friends and I were having a chat with one of its executives who frequently travel with his family, he gave us an interesting advice that is worth following. Telling us his story, he said that each time you receive a bonus, like 13th month pay, Christmas, or midyear bonus, spend it to a vacation out-of-town or abroad. Invest it with your family rather than on buying appliances or repairing your house. His reason was simple.

Traveling with your family is irreplaceable. The good memories you gain last a lifetime. Your money is definitely wisely spent because you exchange it with something priceless. Unlike appliances and furniture, after 3 to 5 years, they are no longer usable and just go to garbage. Travel with your family endures many years because your memories are shared and passed from generation to generation.  

So, if you go gaga about cheap flight promos, go ahead. Travel with your family. Book your flights early to avail yourself of special promos being offered by commercial airlines. Check and compare the cheapest tickets. I do it on this site. Try it how.