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February 12, 2008

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Kaasar Kayo!

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My sister needs to have her passport renewed before she can submit her visa application to the Canadian Embassy. Since the personnel from the embassy said that her passport needs to be renewed because it would be expiring in less than 6 months.

My sister wanted to experience how it is to apply for a new passport without having to engage an agent. So at 3a.mm we travelled from Tagum City to Davao City DFA office thats located across Ateneo de Davao University n Jacinto St.. Kasama ako kasi ako ang ginawang driver ng maganda kong kapatid…and I am the one na sanay na sa Pag-aapply ng passport having my passport renewed in 2006.My sister was shocked to see some people camped in front of the doors of DFA. The first one in line was sleeping on a towel laid on the pavement she said she was there since 10p.m. and she’s from GenSan. at around 8a.m. grabe na ang haba ng pila. Outside the DFA office was an announcement saying they would only be entertaining 300 applicants/day, by 8:15a.m. umusad na ang pila. around 100 people were no longer able to submit their applications.

After getting her number (she was #161) she went inside the DFA office and they asked for her original passport. Gave the passport back and instructed her to come back at 1p.m. Good thing that the DFA employee that entertained her was respectful and talked to her coherently. When she got out I was waiting for her in the car munching on my burger kasi nagutom ako. Kasi ba naman I had to wake up at 2a.m. and isang tasa lang ng kape ang laman ng tiyan ko before we headed to Davao. When she got in the car sabi niya “Te an’sakit ng paa ko kakatayo.” You might be wondering bakit nakatayo…because the DFA Office in Davao City used to be inside Magsaysay park. Now it transfered to a commercial building and walang benches man lang for the applicants to sit on pag nag-aantay sila sa pila. She said “Te kawawa yung isang babae na kasunod ko…ang dami hinihingi sa kanya…eh renewal na siya…okay lang sana madaming hingin kaso rude..as in rude talaga ung matabang mama na nag entertain sa kanya.”

Okay…you might think one sided ang story na to…but I applied for my first passport in DFA Main when I was 21 which was in 2001.Pumila ako ng 3a.m. unusad ang pila 8a.m I was inline till 3 a.m only to have my application denied kasi wala pa daw 1year ang supporting documents ko.I mean hello!!!I got my SSS E-1 form less than a year before I applied for my passport.Pati ba naman picture ko sa yearbook pagdudahan ba! Insulto na yun ha…. So I came back to reapply 3x more. Only to have it denied again. I then decided to go home to Tagum and used an agent in 5 days time may passport na ako. Thats why when my sister applied for her passport in 2003 I told her to use an agent and her application went smoothly.

There are really “bastos” employees sa DFA be it in the regional offices or main office in Pasay. Sana man lang di sila umarte na kung sino. Hello it’s the peoples’ money that gives them their salaries…pero akala mo habang hinahalukay nila ang dox mo eh kung sino kang kriminal. Thanks also to those personnels na mabait at marunong umasikaso ng aplikante.

By the way since passport releases have been modified(badly) at 750 Pesos for 15 working days and 500 pesos for 21 working days matagal na bago mo makukuha ang pasaporte mo. And by the way we went to Davao City yesterday because my sister was scheduled to claim her new passport.we were alread in Davao City when they called to inform us that her passport isn’t available yet and they would just call us up when her passport is done. Tama ba yun? We payed for it na…even having to fall in line for 6 hours just to have her passport renewed, tapos delayed ang passport release…talking about good government service.

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