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

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. This was followed by Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga and Marquee Mall in Angeles City 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 offices

Passport office City/Municipality Province/Region Location
DFA CO Angeles Angeles City Pampanga SM City Clark
DFA CO Antipolo Antipolo Rizal SM Cherry Antipolo
DFA CO Bacolod Bacolod Negros Occidental Robinsons Bacolod
DFA CO Baguio Baguio Benguet SM City Baguio
DFA CO Butuan Butuan Agusan del Norte Robinsons Butuan
DFA CO Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro Misamis Oriental Centrio
DFA CO Calasiao Calasiao Pangasinan Robinsons Pangasinan
DFA CO Clarin/Ozamis Clarin Misamis Occidental Clarin Town Center
DFA CO Cebu Mandaue Cebu Pacific Mall Mandaue
DFA CO Cotabato Cotabato City Maguindanao Mall of Alnor
DFA CO Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Cavite SM City Dasmariñas
DFA CO Davao Davao City Davao del Sur SM City Davao
DFA CO Dumaguete Dumaguete Negros Oriental Robinsons Dumaguete
DFA CO General Santos General Santos South Cotabato Robinsons General Santos
DFA CO Ilocos Norte San Nicolas Ilocos Norte Robinsons Ilocos
DFA CO Iloilo Iloilo City Iloilo Robinsons 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 Lipa
DFA CO Lucena Lucena Quezon Pacific Mall Lucena
DFA CO Malolos Malolos Bulacan Malolos Central Transport Terminal and Commercial Hub by Xentro Mall
DFA CO NCR-Central Pasig 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 Starmalls
DFA CO Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa Palawan Robinsons Palawan
DFA CO San Nicolas San Nicolas Ilocos Norte Robinsons Ilocos
DFA CO San Pablo San Pablo Laguna SM City San Pablo
DFA CO Santiago Santiago Isabela Robinsons Santiago
DFA CO Tacloban Tacloban Leyte Robinsons North Tacloban
DFA CO Tagum Tagum Davao del Norte Mall 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


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