Great news for US citizens in the Philippines. 21 years into the 21st century the US State Department has moved into the current century. For your information and action as deemed necessary:
United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines
July 9, 2021
Discontinuation of U.S. Dollar Demand Draft Payments for Mail-in Adult Passport Renewals
The U.S. Embassy in Manila and Consular Agency in Cebu encourage all eligible, adult U.S. citizens in the Philippines to renew their passports by mail as in-person appointments remain limited.
U.S. citizens in the Philippines who are eligible to apply by mail using the DS-82 form can pay the passport application fee exclusively online via the U.S. government’s secure website, Pay.Gov. The website accepts payment by credit card, debit card and PayPal. U.S. dollar demand drafts will be discontinued as of July 12, 2021. U.S. dollar demand drafts dated before July 12, 2021 will still be accepted with the accompanying passport application, but applications with enclosed demand drafts purchased after that date will be returned without being processed.
As a reminder, online fee payment is only available for mail-in passport book renewals at this time. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the Consular Agency in Cebu. In-person appointments are also required for first-time adult passports, child passports, or to replace lost or stolen passports.