4 Oct 2011

How To Get To DFA Office Of Consular Affairs Via Bus Or MRT/LRT Train

  • 4 Oct 2011
  • Lag alag


  • If you are a passport applicant either first time or for renewal heading to DFA Office in Pasay City, you need to remember that the right address to go to is the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Consular Affais which is exactly located at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue, Paranaque City. A lot of people confuse this location as still part of Pasay City because it's near the boundary of Pasay. And sad to say, quite a few applicants still go to DFA Office in Roxas Boulevard near corner Libertad which is now Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, the old office for passport applications and processing.

    How To Commute To DFA


    DFA Office of Consular Affairs
    Diosdado Macapagal corner Bradco Avenue
    Contrary to your initial assumption, going to DFA to apply for a passport or renew your old one, is very easy. All buses coming from up north, e.g. Monumento, Malanday, Navotas, Novaliches, Fairview bound for Baclaran pass through the exact location of the DFA building. In fact, some of them has secondary signs attached to the windshields that read "DFA". The main signboard of these buses has this wording: "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA Road" or "Baclaran Simbahan Mall of Asia Redemptorist".

    So, if your point of origin is along or near the route of these buses, such as Letre, 5th Avenue, Bagong Barrio, Roosevelt, Munoz, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Congressional Avenue, West Avenue, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, UP Diliman, UP Ayalaland Technobub, Philcoa, Quezon City Hall, Elliptical Road, East Avenue, Timog Avenue, Kamuning, Kamias, New York Street, Cubao, Araneta Center, etc., all you need is a one bus ride to reach Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Consular Affairs. Along south bound lane of EDSA, 5th Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Mindanao Avenue and East Avenue, ride one of these buses. When paying, your destination is "DFA". These buses take the whole stretch of EDSA. They pass by SM Mall of Aisa or MOA then return to EDSA (north bound lane) and turn right onto Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. But there are times, a bus doesn't go to MOA. Instead, they immediately turn left to Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard from EDSA. Please see map below after Commute Directions To DFA from different parts of Metro Manila. For passport application requirements go to Passport Requirements for First-Time Applicants or Requirements for Renewal of Passport below the map.

    Bradco Avenue
    Even without the help of conductor, you can get off the bus at the exact location. Just remember: 1) you will pass by the last MRT-3 Station which is Taft Avenue in Pasay Rotonda where LRT-1 runs across EDSA, 2) after Taft you will pass under Roxas Boulevard flyover crossing EDSA, 3) next main intersection with traffic lights after Roxas Boulevard is Diosdago Macapagal Boulevard, the bus will either go cross Macapagal then go to MOA and return to turn right onto Macapagal or turn left from Edsa to Macapagal, 5) the first main intersection with traffic lights from EDSA along Macapagal is Bradco Avenue. Alight right there. DFA is to the left corner of Bradco and Macapagal. There's a McDonald to the right corner where you will alignt.

    Commute Directions To DFA from different parts of Metro Manila


    Route #1

    From Caloocan, Roosevelt, Munoz, Roosevelt, Congressional, Bagong Barrio, Balintawak, Tondo, Blumentritt and other areas near Rizal Avenue.

    Option 1 - Via LRT-1. Fast and recommended: Ride a LRT-1 train bound for Baclaran from any station near to you, e.g. Roosevelt Station, Balintawak Station, Monumento Station, 5th Avenue Station, R. Papa Station, Abad Santos Avenue Station, Tayuman Station, Blumentritt Station, Bambang Station, etc. Get off the train at EDSA Station. Go to the bus loading area along EDSA. You need to walk along Taft from LRT EDSA Station to the corner of EDSA. Go right on EDSA to ride bus at the proper loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2 - Via bus or jeepney. Long & slow travel. Dependent on traffic situation and driver's greed for passengers: You can ride a bus mentioned above in How To Commute To DFA or a jeep with "Baclaran" sign along Rizal Avenue. Get off the jeep at EDSA. Go to the loading area along EDSA's south bound lane. Ride a bus mentioned in How To Commute To DFA above and follow direction given there.

    Route #2

    From Bulacan, Pampanga or other provinces in Norther Luzon.

    Option 1 - With an LRT/MRT ride: Ride a bus, jeep or FX/vans from your location bound for Manila, Caloocan or Quezon City. If you ride a bus and alight at a terminal in Doroteo Jose, ride a train bound for Baclaran at LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station, alight at EDSA. In Caloocan, ride a Baclaran bound train at Monumento Station, alight at EDSA. If you ride a FX or vans with its terminal in Trinoma or SM City North EDSA, use MRT-3 North Station and ride Taft bound train, alight at Taft. If your bus is in Kamuning-EDSA, use MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station, ride Taft bound train and alight at Taft. From LRT-1 EDSA Station, go to the bus loading station along EDSA. You need to walk along Taft from EDSA Station to the corner of EDSA. Go right on EDSA to ride bus at the proper loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above. From MRT-3 Taft Station, go to the bus loading area along EDSA's south bound lane and ride bus wigh "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given in How To Commute to DFA above.

    Option 2 - Without riding train: Ride a jeep bound for Baclaran underneath LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station and Monumento Station. Get off the jeep at EDSA, ride a bus bound for Baclaran and follow direction given in How To Commute To DFA above. You can also ride bus bound for Baclaran along EDSA in Caloocan. In Kamuning EDSA, ride the bus from Fairview bound for Baclaran. In Trinoma, ride a bus along EDSA bound for Baclaran. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Route #3

    From SM City Marikina, SSS Village, Sta. Lucia East, Robinsong's Metro East, Marcos Highway, A. Bonnifacio Avenue Marikina, Auroran Boulevard Quezon City, Project 4 and other areas nearby.

    Option 1 - Fast travel via LRT Line 1 and 2: From your destinations ride a jeep to Santolan Station of LRT-2. From A. Bonifacio Avenue in Marikina, ride a jeepney bound for Cubao and alight at Katipunan Station. From Project 4, ride a jeepney from Rosario or EVER bound for Aranetea Center and go to LRT-2 Araneta Center Cubao Station. Ride a train bound for Recto Station and alight right there. Use the footbridge that connects LRT-2 Recto Station to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station. Ride a train bound for Baclaran at Doroteo Jose Station. Alight at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from EDSA LRT-1 Station towards the corner of EDSA, go right and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Costal MIA" sign at designated loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2 - Without train rides. Slow travel, depends on traffic situation: From your area ride a jeepney with any of these signs "Cubao", "Stop & Shop" and "Divisoria". Get off the jeepney after it crossed EDSA. From Project 4, just go to Aurora Boulevard and ride one of these jeepneys or go to Araneta Center and proceed to EDSA south bound lane. Along south bound lane of EDSA ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Other buses have secondary sign that reads "DFA". Follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA above.

    Route #4

    From Pasig Palengke, Kalentong Manddaluyong, Shaw Boulevard, Boni Avenue and other areas nearby.

    Option 1: Ride a jeepney bound for EDSA. Ride a MRT-3 train bound for Taft Avenue in either Shaw Station or Boni Station. Alight at Taft and ride the bus at the loading area near the station. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA.

    Option 2: In EDSA's south bound lane, ride the bus discussed in How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post and follow direction indicated there.

    Route #5

    From Fort Bonifacio, Guadalupe, J.P. Rizal, Makati City Hall and other areas nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Guadalupe" sign.

    Option 1: In loading area along EDSA's south bound lane of Guadalupe, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2: Ride a train bound for Taft Station and alight right there. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Route #6

    From Alabang, Metropolis Starmall, Festival Mall, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI and nearby areas.

    Ride a jeepney with "Pasay Rotonda" or "Pasay Taft Rotonda MOA" sign. Alight at EDSA near MRT-3 Taft Station. Along EDSA's southbound lane, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" signboard in its windshild. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route #7

    From Chino Roces Avenue formerly known as Pasong Tamo, Southgate Mall, PRC Santa Ana, Washington, Makati Coliseum and other areas nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Mantrade" sign along Chino Roces Avenue's southbound lane. Alight at EDSA. Ride a train bound for Taft at MRT-3 Magallanes Station. Alight at Taft. Go to the loading area near Taft Station and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Route 8

    From Quezon Avenue, Espana, Quiapo, Santa Cruz, Avenida, Intramuros, SM City Manila, Manila City Hall and nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Via jeepney, train and bus: In Quezon Avenue and Espana, ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo, alight at Quiapo Church. Walk to LRT-1 Carriedo Station. In Sta. Cruz and Avenida, go to Carriedo Station. Take a train bound for Baclaran, alight at EDSA Station. From Intramuros, SM City Manila and Makati City Hall, walk your way to LRT-1 Central/Arroceros Station. Ride a train bound for Baclaran and alight at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from EDSA Station, towards EDSA, go right to get to the bus loading area along EDSA. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Option 2 - For people who don't want to ride trains: From Quiapo, Quezon Boulevard, Lerma, Quezon Avenue and Espana, ride FX, bus or a jeepney with any of these signs: "PGH Pedro Gil", "Kalaw", "Buendia Gil Puyat", "Libertad Pasay Taft", "Pasay Rotonda". These vehicles pass through Taft Avenue. Alight at the destination of the vehicle you ride. Except if you're already in Pasay Rotonda, ride another jeepney with either "Baclaran" or "Pasay Rotonda" signs and alight at Pasay Rotonda. Once in Pasay Rotonda, go to the bus loding area along EDSA and ride bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route 9

    From Project 6, Project 2-3, Kamias, Kamuning, Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue, West Avenue, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma and nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Fast via MRT train: From Project 6, ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo and alight at West Avenue corner EDSA, walk your way to MRT-3 North Station. From West Avenue, walk or ride a jeepney with "Project 6" sign to North Station. From Kamuning, Tomas Morato and the part of Timog Avenue from Quezon Avenue to Tomas Morato, ride a jeepney with "Project 2-3" sign, alight at EDSA, walk along EDSA towards Timog and East Avenue, and go to MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station. From Kamias, ride a jeepney with "Welcome Rotonda" or "Quiapo" sign and alight at EDSA, walk to GMA Kamuning Station. From the area of Timog between EDSA and Tomas Morato, walk to EDSA to get to MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station. Ride a train bound for Taft, alight at Taft Station, the last station. Below the station, walk along EDSA's southbound lane which goes to MOA and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA RD" sign in the bus loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Option 2 - For those who prefer riding bus rather than riding train: Once in EDSA from your location, just ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA". Follow the complete guide and direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route 10

    From Legarda, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Pureza, v. Mapa, SM City Sta Mesa, N. Domingo & Pinaglabanan in San Juan and other nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Fast via LRT-1 & LRT-2: If you're in N. Domingo or Pinaglabanan in San Juan, ride a bus from Taytay or Cainta with "Quiapo" sign, alight at V. Mapa Station of LRT-2. From SM City Sta Mesa, walk to V. Mapa Station. If your location is near Pureza and Legarda, walk your way to LRT-2 Pureza or Legarda stations. Ride a train bound for Recto Station, alight right there. Use the footbridge that connects LRT-2 Recto Station to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station to get to the second station. Go to the other side of Doroteo Jose Station via escalator, elevator or stais and ride a train bound for Baclaran. Get off the train at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from LRT-1 EDSA Station towards the corner of EDSA. Go to the bus loading area along EDSA, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to the guide and direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Option 2 - For those who prefer riding bus than riding train: If you're from Pinagbuhatan or N. Domingo in San Juan, ride a bus from Cainta or Taytay with "Quiapo" sign. Alight at Quiapo. These route is also applicable for applicants from any point along the route of this bus, such as Greenhills, POEA, IPI, Ortigas Avenue, Cainta and Taytay. In Quiapo, ride a jeep with "Pasay Rotonda" sign, alight at Pasay Rotonda. If there's no jeep of this sign, you can make two rides. Ride a jeep with "Pedro Gil PGH" sign, then in Pedro Gil, ride another jeep with "Baclaran" or Pasay Rotonda" sign, alight at Pasay Rotonda. In EDSA, bus loading area, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Now, follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route #11

    From Sucat Road, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Imelda Avenue, Ninoy Aquino Avenue and areas neat to these thoroughfares.

    Ride a jeepney from Sucat with "Baclaran" sign. In Baclaran-Roxas Boulevard-Redemptorist area, ride a jeepney with "Nichols" sign. Alight at EDSA corner Harrison Street where there's a pedestrian footbridge. Go to the other side of EDSA. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign in its windshield. Alight at exactly at DFA. Please refer to How to Commute to DFA for complete guide and direction.


    Bus Route & Direction To DFA Office of Consular Affairs from EDSA, LRT Station & MRT Taft Station.





    Passport Requirements for First-Time Applicants:




    Personal Appearance is required.
    Duly accomplished application form.
    Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    Proof of identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship
    Other Supporting documents.

    Additional Requirements:

    For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse
    Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    For married women who would like to revert back to their maiden name
    If already widowed: Death Certificate of the deceased husband;

    If marriage is annulled: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued MC with the annotation on the annulment decree;
    If divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.
    For Minors (below 18 years old)

    Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is of legitimate status).
    Personal appearance of mother (if minor is of illegitimate status)

    If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:

    Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    Affidavit of Support and Consent
    If both parents are abroad:

    Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul).
    Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
    Passport and photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion of the minor.
    Identification Card and photocopy thereof of the duly authorized person.
    For Muslim applicants

    For those whose births were registered:
    Please refer to requirements for first time passport applicants.

    For those whose births were not registered:

    Late registered Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
    Original and photocopy of Voter's Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship, identity and tribal affiliation.
    Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)
    For Applicants with Foreign-Sounding Family Names: (e.g. Lim, Cho, Sy, Lee, Samadi, Singh, Nakamura, Hasegawa, etc.) are required to submit the following documents:

    Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) (by birth)
    Certificate of No Marriage Record of Mother issued by NSO / LCR (if illegiitimate status, foreign father)
    Marriage Certificate of Parents issued by NSO (if legitimate status)
    Bureau of Immigration Identifacation Certificate No. (by naturalization; by election; by marriage; by recognition)
    Applicant who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA9225 are required to submit the following:

    1. Birth Certificate issued by NSO/OLD Philippine Passport
    2. Identification certificate No.
    3. Oath of Allegiance

    4. Report of Birth (for those born abroad)

    Source: Department of Foreign Affairs


    Requirements for Renewal of Passport:




    Applicants renewing a brown passport (issued before 1996) with foreign sounding family names are required to submit the following documents:

    Birth Certificate issued by NSO (by birth).
    Certificate of No Marriage Record of Mother issued by NSO/LCR (if illegitimate status, foreign father);
    Marriage Certificate.of parents issued by NSO (if legitimate status);
    Bureau of Immigration Identification Cerficate No. (by naturalization; by election; by marriage; by recognition).
    Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225 are required ot submit the following:

    1. Birth Certificate issued by NSO / Old Philippine Passport
    2. Identification Certificate No.
    3. Oath of Allegiance
    4. Report of Birth (for those born abroad)
    Brown Passport or issued prior to 01 May 1995

    Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3 (amendment). The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
    Supporting document with complete middle name.
    MRP & Green Passport or issued after 01 May 1995

    Present passport and photocopy of inside and back cover.
    The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
    For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.
    For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse:

    Personal Appearance is required
    Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or CTC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    For Minors (below 18 years old): Personal appearance of either parent is required.

    If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:
    Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    Affidavit of Support and Consent
    If both parents are abroad:
    Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Philippine Consul).
    Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate if not executed before a Philippine Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
    Passport and photocopy of the passport of person travelling with the minor.

    Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph
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