YES, you read that right. I am 23 years old and still haven’t got my passport until recently. The thing is, I actually tried to get it for 2 times already- it’s embarrassing! But oh well, let me tell you anyway..
First try, I was still in high school. I went online and fill up the application form and checked the requirements I need to bring. My supposed appointment was still in 3 months! It was a very long wait. On the day of my appointment, I went to DFA Alimall Satellite Office, then the security guards checked my documents and went inside to verify my appointment. When they got back, they told me that I don’t have an appointment, I was confused.. I told them that my appointment was that day and they said I am right; it was supposed to be on that day but I missed to confirm my appointment via email and I am supposed to confirm it within 24 hrs from the moment I set up an appointment for my passport!
I was so disappointed that day. It was clearly my fault for missing that detail. I wasn’t a tech savvy that time and I never really check or know how to check emails when I was still in high school. But that’s what happened. It was a total waste of time, but I thought I learned my lesson.
Second try, it was thru DFA’s program named Passport on Wheels. I used to work every Sunday for this church in a subdivision near where I live and the employees were kind enough to offer me to register because it was actually exclusive for the residents that lives in the subdivision. They asked me to submit my requirements and told me to monitor my email for the payment, but what happened was I forgot about it. And only checked my email when the employees there asked me why I didn’t show up.. Only then I checked my email and viola!! I received an email 3 days after I submitted my requirements. I felt so embarrassed that time.
Because of my 2 previous attempts, I stopped, and I tried to avoid thinking about trying again because I get so anxious about the idea, that time it seemed like getting a passport is not for me.
And then I tried again after years of avoiding it.
I tried for 3rd time because as you all know I am in a long distance relationship and passport is necessary for us.
This happened last December 2020 and the earliest slots open that time will be on March 2021, but I still took it.
On the last week before my appointment date, I checked my requirements again to make sure I got everything right, but then I realized that the birth certificate I have with me is the old version which they don’t accept anymore. This really triggered my panic attack and I stared feeling dizzy, I messed up again.
But I tried to calm myself and thought how I can fix it. My mom told me that it’s very easy to get a birth certificate, you just need to go to the government agency in-charge of it, in our country it’s called Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA.
I went there the next day and everything went well and I was able to get what I needed the same day. But my anxiety got the best of me because before I went there, I already ordered my birth certificate online the night before thru the same agency’s delivery service. I was that anxious. Funny enough, I received it the day before my appointment so now I have 2 copies of my birth certificate with me!
On the day of my appointment, I came 2 hrs early because I was so scared to miss my appointment. I got there and stopped by at 7/11 Convenience Store to get something to drink. Then I went back to the satellite office, I waited in line for atleast an hr and after that everything went smoothly. I was overprepared and brought documents that I didn’t have to bring or they didn’t ask but that’s better than not being prepared at all, right?
I was told that my passport will get released after 2 weeks. But then Enhanced Community Quarantine happened!
You see, my appointment was on Friday, then the week after that our government announced ECQ. How lucky am I?! I am so thankful that it happened after my appointment because if not then I’ll have to wait and that will only make my anxiety worse.
Anyway, after 2 weeks ECQ was changed to MECQ and the satellite agency resumed their operation.
I was so excited the moment they handed me my passport! It felt surreal. After all the delays and unfortunate events here I am. I am now a Philippine passport holder!
Hopefully, I will be able to use this soon.
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