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Thursday, March 24, 2016


Via Jobstreet"All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards.

The chip embedded in the ePassport contains data essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. It contains data on the personal information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. This technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance, such as the scanners used in immigration counters."
“A world class passport that would deserve the respect and recognition, of course, by all other governments,” said DFA Ambassador Libran Cabactulan in an ABSCBN report. “It will really enhance the image of the Filipino because they will now be carrying passports that I would say nearly impossible to fake, to be compromised.”
Enhanced security features include an embedded chip containing biometric information used to authenticate the identity of the traveler, including a photo, fingerprints, and signature.

“It will establish a one-to-one correspondence between the document and yourself,” he said. “In other words, it will establish beyond doubt that you are the person alleged to be holding this passport.”
The chip has provisions to accept additional information that may be required in the future.
Cabactulan said while each page of the new passport tells a story about the Philippines, these designs are part of its new security measures as well.
“It will have some educational objective as well,” he said. “There will be lines and colors and combinations here that I cannot even tell you because that’s part of the security.”

This is the Philippine BIOMETRIC passport 
issued between August 2009 and May 2014

This is the inside look of the 2016 Philippine E-Passport via ABSCBN

The Philippine eagle is just one of the images shown in the new e-passport. Image by Lia Mañalac Del Castillo 

The new e-passport also shows the Metro Manila skyline. Image by Lia Mañalac Del Castillo 

Those who wish to avail of the e-passport may apply at the Department of Foreign Affairs' Office of Consular Affairs in ASEANA Business Park in Parañaque City, or at the other satellite offices located at:
  • SM City Manila (5th floor)
  • Robinsons Galleria (Lingkod Pinoy Center, Level 1, west lane)
  • SM Megamall (7th floor, Building C)
  • Metro Alabang (4th floor)
  • Ali Mall (Level 2).