DFA to issue new high-security passports

THE Philippine government will issue “all new high-security passports” beginning August 15, an official said Sunday.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) could also issue new passports at a faster pace, from previous seven to 14 days to an average now of five days.

"The new passports will feature impressive design promoting the regions of our country. Other changes include intaglio printing used for the printing of money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle," said Andanar, whose office controls and supervises the APO Production Unit, Inc., which prints the passports.

Added security features have been placed such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light, he added.

“The new APO printing system increases the production speed of the new passports to 35 percent,” Andanar said.

“This means the new passport printing system results to delivery of passports from press to the Department of Foreign Affairs to an average of 5 days compared to 7-14 days previously. It is the objective of the PCO to keep on improving our printing processes so we can even hasten the delivery from our APO Lima Plant in Batangas to DFA within 4 days by 2017,” Andanar explained. ( SDR/Sunnex)

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