MANILA, Philippines – Just yesterday, August 15, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) began issuing a new set of electronic passports (e-passport) that will not only highlight a higher security feature, but will also promote what the country has to offer in the form of printed patterns and designs one every page.
What should we expect from the new e-passport and what were the changes made compared to the older booklet? If you are a frequent traveler, you should be informed.
Here are the things you should know about the new Philippine e-passport:
- The new passport is tagged as an “all new high-security passport”.
- The new booklet is durable since it was made from higher quality materials.
- The passport has a tamper-proof microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant.
- Particular pages have been coated with invisible ultraviolet (UV) fluorescent ink and thread.
- When subjected to UV light, the passport will reveal a unique and elaborate design.
- Intaglio printing, known in money printing, was applied on every page of the passport.
- The printing of the coat of arms used optical variable illusion ink, so that colors will change when viewed from different angles.
- The new passport design also features top tourist destinations of major regions in the country.
- Designs also include Filipino symbols like the Philippine eagle, and the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem.
- According to Philippine Consul General, Paul Raymond Cortes, it is one of the most visually striking passports in the world.
- The passport still contains 44 pages, just like the older one.
- The new printing system, APO, will enable the increase of passport production by 35%.
- The release of the said document will be faster (an average of 5 days from the previous 7-day issuance, and 15 days will be cut down to 10 days).
- It was reported that the DFA has removed the PH map from the new design for reasons that include “political sensitivity”, relating to the territorial issues with China.
- This project was approved by the former president Benigno Aquino III and was considered part of his legacy after his term.
With these changes, it is expected that renewals and new applications of e-passports in the country will be smoother and less demanding.
Application of the new e-passport can be done at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Consular Affairs in ASEANA Business Park in Parañaque City or other satellite offices.
You may also visit their official website for more information.