Philippine passport applications can only be made through the government's official appointment system, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said as it warned the public against bogus services offered on social media.
The DFA urged the public to ignore passport appointment services offered on Facebook and other social media apps, saying it does not offer such consular services on social media.
Passport applications or appointments are also not confirmed via Facebook or any other social media platform, the DFA added.
"The DFA reiterates that it does not use Facebook or any other social media network to offer or confirm passport application appointments nor it has authorized any company or individual to offer and accept passport appointment scheduling on the Department's behalf," it said in an April 24 advisory.
"Those who engage the services of these unauthorized private entities or individuals using social media accounts and networks run the risk of not getting an authentic appointment or issues with their passport application, aside from incurring additional expenses," it added.
Individuals who wish to apply for a Philippine passport according to the DFA can do so via their official appointment system at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment/.
Senior citizens, persons with disabilities, overseas Filipino workers and other qualified individuals meanwhile may set their appointment using the courtesy lane facility by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the email address of the nearest Consular Office, it said.