First off you can ONLY get your birth certificate authenticated by DFA Manila Office, that's the only way. It's worth Php 200. Unfortunately I learned this the hard way, since I'm living in Cebu I thought I can get it authenticated by DFA Cebu so I went there and wasted so much time and taxi fare going there just to learn that I need to send it to Manila through DHL Express. So I traveled again and it was exhausting since it was a very hot and humid day in the Philippines it was about 12nn after all and the temperature was soaring but I need to go through all the effort because it's a VISA requirement you see. The things we do for our dreams. Oh well.
Here are the requirements for sending your birth certificate to DFA Manila to get authenticated:
- NSO Certified Birth Certificate
- Clear and Certified True Copy of your Birth Certificate from the Local Registrar and (or) Photocopy of Passport
The photocopy of the passport is really just an option but to play safe that my birth certificate will not be rejected DFA Manila, I sent them a photocopy of my passport anyway (the identification details not the front cover)
DHL Express rate:
Php 500 - (processing time is 10 to 15 working days)
Php 700 - (processing time is 5 to 7 working days)
but if you're already in Manila then it's only Php 200.
Please be guided, I know I learned the hard and tiring way I hope you're informed now, I know I wasn't. But I'm glad to be of help to you (readers).