tipid kung sa tipid. but to go through all the trouble? trust me. you would rather pay the mall/travel agency prices, lalo na kung wala kang kasabay magparenew. imagine, pipila ka sa isang basketball court. tapos pila ulit sa kabilang building, ganun ganun. Plus even before entering the DFA compounds, people outside harass you. as in. mga fixers at kung anu-ano. and the agencies in the area charge P1,700 pa. eh since i was there na din, i figured ipila ko nalang at lahat. (at pinanindigan ko sa mga fixers na hindi ko sila kailangan sa buhay ko! haha.) it took me 3 solid hours to finish the pila pila. unlike other things-to-do, dito, you don't get to have short breaks or whatever. not even washroom breaks. or else... wala ka na sa pilaaaa.
yeah, personal appearance is already required even for renewals but if you choose to renew via a third party, malaking oras at pagod ang mawawala sayo. they'll have you scheduled for the personal appreance and you'll go straight to the payment step. that took me 2 hours and 55 minutes since i decided to renew it myself in DFA. parang sandali lang ba? nako noh, agonizing yun. lalo na i came from shift and i went there alone. buti i had a mini-radio with earphones. nakakaiwas ako sa mga taong bored din sa pila na feeling close. mga tipong ngingitian ka at tatanungin ka ng "magttrabaho ka ba sa abroad o tourist ka lang?" at sinasagot ko lang ng stare. (like don't you get it? i do not talk to strangers.)
so yun lang. oh, and added info lang. for regular processing, yun P500, 15 working days yun. pag rush, yun 7 working days to process, P750. i don't know about first time application though. he.. la lang.
share, share. :)