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A Filipino Contract Worker (OFW) returning from Libya puts his passport up in the air upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque City, south of suburban Manila, Philippines on 02 March 2011.

A Filipino Contract Worker (OFW) returning from Libya puts his passport up in the air upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque City, south of suburban Manila, Philippines on 02 March 2011. The number of Filipinos evacuated out of Libya further rose to 9,231 after a Philippine-chartered vessel left the strife-torn African nation carrying more than 1,000 repatriates, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. About 26,000 Filipinos are in Libya, 13,000 of them would need help to evacuate amid the escalating violence as government security forces confront protesters seeking leader Moamer Gaddafi's ouster. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

How to apply for a passport

28 August 2013

Whether you’re going out of the country to work, study or just see the world, you will need a passport. This official document is proof that you are a Filipino citizen traveling under the protection of the Philippine government to and from foreign countries.

Philippine passports are issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). In Metro Manila, applicants should set an appointment when applying for a passport at the DFA main and satellite offices while those in provinces may apply through the nearest regional consular office.

What do you need to do to get a passport? For first-time applicants, we’ve put up a basic guide from information on the DFA website.