Are you planning to apply for your Philippine passport? For Philippine Passport application for first time applicants, here are the list of the general requirements, acceptable Identification (ID) cards, and supporting documents that the Department of Foreign Affairs requires. 
I do not remember much of my application for a passport. What I do remember was bringing with me the general requirements, and my ID’s, and a hell lot of supporting documents. You need to go through an application appointment system which is basically setting up an appointment to apply for a passport. You will be given a scheduled day to go to the DFA for the actual application.

Requirements for its Philippine Passport Application Appointment System. (DFA Official Site)

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • 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 (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if born abroad)
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs and List of Supporting Documents)

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (At least 1 of the following):

  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
  • Old College ID
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (At least 3 of the following):

  • Voter’s ID
  • NSO Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant such as the following:
  • NSO Birth Certificate of child / children
  • SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
  • Income Tax Return
  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (for newly issued VRR, please attach receipt)
  • School Yearbook
  • Community Tax Certificate

+ Before your actual appointment for passport application, you need to visit the DFA nearest your location to apply for an appointment. I suggest you go there early.
+ On the scheduled appointment, please bring all necessary requirements for applying for your passport, and prepare an amount for Philippine passport application fees.
+ In applications for any legal document, I always carry with me, not only the original document but as well as 2-3 photocopies with it before any appointment. Just incase they might need a duplicate copy of any of it.
+ Please bring with you, a black pen should you need filling up forms.
+ Please wear decent clothes ( no sleeveless shirts, shorts, or skin bearing outfits), and close footwear. You may be required to wear a collared shirt.
+ Bring a book! Sometimes processing time will take a while, better bring something to keep you entertained.