As most of you guys have wives or GFs and possibly kids with Filipino citizenship then this may interest you. I went to the DFA in Dumaguete to enquire about the procedure for application of a passport. Both my wife and son (by adoption) have Filipino passports. We plan to go abroad for a holiday in April, so we want to renew our son's passport (including name change) before applying for the schengen visa which is required. The guy on the information desk was very helpful and described the procedure and gave the requirements. Just go online to get an appointment and fill up the application form, then turn up on the date to submit your documents and the passport takes about 10 days to process (renewal). Sounds very civilised and organised, so what can go wrong I thought, after all this is the Philippines. So, when I got home I decided to go online to see when we could get an appointment. The site showed a calendar from which you could select a date between 13th December 2017 and 28th March 2018, green being available and red full. Surprise, surprise, every single date was full, no available appointment for three and a half months! Unbelievable. So, we'll have to go to Cebu? But no, also completely full. So, what kind of f----d up system is this? So, I managed to get an appointment for end of January in Bacolod!! An 8 hour round trip by car, gas, meals, possible hotel and additional cost of courier service to send us the passport. Next time in Robinsons Movieworld when the DFA ad comes up I am going to "booooo", loudly.