Chatting with the other applicants i learned that the person who is at number 1 in the queue was there at twelve midnight! Look for the Crowd – if you are there at around four or five in the morning chances are the crowd applying for the passport would have gathered so look for the crowd.
In my experience the guard at SM directed me to go down at the Banco De Oro Session Road area where the crowd had gathered, SM security does not allow people on the SM grounds prior to six in the morning. Look for The List – now, during the time when i went to process the passport i learned that the day before there was a huge confusion on the queue so some applicants volunteered to make a system where a paper where those arriving at the Banco De Oro area will list their names.
During this long wait bringing your tablet, i Phone or anything to entertain you would be helpful, or better yet you can gain a friend by chatting with your fellow applicants. The Magical Hour – I call 9 AM as the Magical Hour, because at nine AM the DFA Baguio guard will start to give out your actual queue numbers, as i’ve said the list and your number in the list is just an initiative from the applicants, on the day when I processed my passport I was happy to know that the number in the list was strictly followed as it was the same number i got from the DFA Baguio guards, Kudos to the lady who constantly checked the list and the line!
***Tip: Once you Get your DFA Baguio queue number check your processing time, it is indicated on your queue number, mine was from -PM so i went home and came back at the designated time. Line-Up Outside DFA SM Baguio – at 10AM SM Baguio will open its doors, knowing that my schedule of processing is at 1PM i just went inside to look for the DFA Baguio Office, it is found one level down the food court area, just take the escalator going down and go to your right, the office is fronting the LBC Office and adjacent to Sweetmates you cant miss it as you go down.
Now during your Schedule you have to line up outside the DFA Baguio office at the area designated by the DFA Baguio Guards, and make sure you line up according to your designated number.
The Guards will only allow around five person at a time to enter the DFA Baguio Office. Line up at the Information Area – now once you are allowed to enter you are to line up at the information area, you cannot miss it, it is just fronting the entrance to the DFA Baguio office, it is here where the DFA Baguio Staff would verify your documents so it is time for you to bring out your application form, your Identification Card, and Your Supporting Documents.
There is a new passport processing system at the DFA Baguio branch. Click for more details about the new DFA Baguio passport processing guidelines. Now, the following processes are those that I actually experienced and may change depending on the circumstances, so I must warn you it is based on experience and it does not cover different processes called by different situations. Prepare Your NSO Birth Certificate – I was planning on processing my passport for a very long time and I must say preparation took months. because my NSO Birth Certificate shows that my first name is “Baby boy”.
I happily shared this news with my friends and most of them are asking me the processes to take when applying for a passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs Office (DFA Baguio) in SM Baguio.
There is no number or queue to be followed i got mine ahead of those who were seated before me, or maybe they were just sitting there, im not sure.To prevent this one must volunteer to constantly check the list and the line, this is where your spirit of volunteerism should come out. Wait for the Group to Be Called by the SM Baguio Guard – now at six in the morning the SM Guard will call the group at Banco De Oro and will ask them to line up at the left side of the grocery area entrance.Now if your name is on the list this is not a guarantee that you will be getting a chance to process your passport, for two reasons, if the line is not checked somebody might get your spot and two the applicants are only limited to 150 (as of the time when I processed my passport last November 28, 2012). The Long Wait – now you have to wait from six to nine in the morning, this is a good time for you to take your breakfast or snack, but do not move away from your line.Just in Case your documents are in order you will be given another queue number which you will use for processing your passport. Processing Area – at this point you already have a queue number and when you reach this area congratulations you are almost there.Just sit and wait for your number to be called, the processing area is where the DFA Baguio Officer would scrutinize your documents, and having passed the verification area is not a guarantee that your documents are perfectly in order.I applied for an Expedited Passport on November 28, 2012 i am to get my Passport on December 6, 2012 at around 4pm-5pm.