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PIA Press Release
2010/03/15

e-Passport now available in Tacloban, DFA 8 says

Tacloban City (March 15) -- Starting today, the Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Consular Office in Tacloban City will start accepting applications for e-passports.

This was learned from DFA 8 Director Yolanda S. Ofiana, who explained that an e-Passport is the world standard in travel document. As member of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Philippines has an international obligation to enhance the security of its travel documents.

Countries have greater confidence and acceptance of the e-Passport since it is enhanced with biometrics technology, Director Ofiana added. E-passports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued e-Passports. These are Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

Director Ofiana said, the e-Passport features microchip technology. An integrated circuit or chip within its pages contains the data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. The unique chip identification number and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip.

The chip technology allows the information stored in an e-Passport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance, the good Director added.

The e-Passport is highly secure, hence avoids the passport reproduction and tampering. The ePassport database is enhanced with AFIS that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances impostor detection. It facilitates fast clearance of travelers at immigration checks.

For countries, the use of electronic passport also provides better border protection and security.

The e-Passport is available for P950. Applicants are no longer required to bring photographs as they will have their pictures taken using e-Passport data-capturing machines.

For more information, interested persons may contact the DFA Regional Consular Office at Telephone No. 321-8233; 523-0080 or via email: dfa_tac@yahoo.com. (PIA 8) [top]

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