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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

DFA Tacloban goes high tech with issuance of machine readable passports in November

Tacloban City (September 21) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Consular Office in Tacloban City will issue the first regular Machine Readable Passport starting November this year to replace the manually assembled green passport.

Regional Director Edmundo Venturanza of the Regional Consular Office in Tacloban City informed that the new regular Machine Readable Passport is maroon in color with special security features to guard against passport fraud making the Philippine Passport at par with international security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Director Venturanza said that the passport requirements remain the same except for the fact that the personal appearance of the applicant is a must except for minors eight years old and below and applicants sixty five years old and above.

Another is the passport pictures which must be taken in royal-blue background printed in matte paper. Applicants must be wearing decent and dark- colored attire with collar and must refrain from wearing dangling earrings.

Should an applicant has his or her pictures taken with eye glasses, the eyes must not be obscured. Both ears of the applicant must be seen.

Director Venturanza added that the passport fee remains pegged at P500.00 for 20 working days while P750 00 for 15 working days processing as the personalization of the passport will be done in Manila.

Definitely, the waiting time is nothing compared to the advantage derived from the security that this machine readable passport will give the holder of the passport, Director Venturanza underscored.

For more information, interested parties my contact Ms. Anne Maris Estoya at 523-0088 or visit the DFA Regional Consular Office at Leyte SMED Center, Senator Enage St., Tacloban City. (PIA 8) [top]

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