When children need to travel outside their home countries, they generally need the same type of documentation as their parents and other adults. In the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the issuance and renewal of passports for Filipino citizens and sets specific passport requirements for those under 18.
Children must appear in person. The only exceptions occur when the child is younger than 8 or is incapacitated mentally or physically. An application form from the Department of Foreign Affairs' website, or from a Philippine Consulate if you are outside the Philippines, is also needed. The form needs to be filled out completely. Additionally, you must submit the child's birth certificate from the National Statistics Office or a copy retrieved from the local civil registrar.
In addition to the application and the birth certificate, the mother's birth certificate, marriage certificate and valid passport must be presented with the child's. Identification documents that include full name, date and place of birth, and citizenship are also required. In addition, you must submit three colour photos with dimensions of 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, taken against a royal blue background. Supporting documents, such as a baptismal certificate, School Form 137 or a transcript of records, must also be submitted with the application form.
Children born to an unmarried woman must appear in person with their mothers. Children born to married parents may appear with either or both parents to begin the application process. When children are not going to be travelling with their parents, an affidavit from the Department of Social Welfare and Development must be submitted. This affidavit must include the name of the child's travelling companion and the travelling companion's relationship to the child.
The Department of Foreign Affairs reserves the right to reject photos that do not comply with specifications and international standards. The photo requirements are intended to allow the immigration officer to clearly identify the passport holder with the passport picture. For example, the picture has to be clear and should be printed on high-quality photo paper. The child's hair should be kept out of his face.
Fees and Processing Time
Passport fees are PHP500 ($11 USD) for the 44-page passport. You can choose to pay an additional PHP250 ($5 USD) for expedited processing. Processing time is 14 working days, while expedited processing takes only seven working days.