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e-Passports now issued at DFA Consular Office-GenSan

Effective last April 2010, the Regional Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs in General Santos City has been issuing electronic passports or e-Passports to its clients.

Wow!  Wasn’t it just last year in March 2009 when Bariles blogged about the same office issuing him a machine-readable passport  (Click here for that report.) in place of the old manually-scripted passport?  Now it seems that the MRP, altho accepted internationally looks passe with this latest launch of a cutting edge travel document.

A joint project of the DFA and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the e-passport makes the Philippines compliant with international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), of which it is a member.  It is the world standard in travel documents.

[quote1] The e-passport which is expected to decrease incidents of passport fraud and tampering, will make it easier for Filipino travelers and migrant workers to move across borders due to its various security features, including a hidden encoded image; an ultra-thin, holographic laminate; and a tamper-proof electronic microchip.

Its Integrated Circuit (IC) chip stores the passport holder’s biometrics, that is, his photograph, fingerprint and other personal data for easy verification of identity and is fully inter-operable which means that the chip can be read by border control officials in other countries using a passport chip reader.

Hitech, don’t you think?

Anyway, the lovely Ms. Helen Acharon, a staff of the DFA Consular Office, from whom we got this piece of great news wants to inform all their would-be clients that their office is currently accepting and processing 70 passport applications only every day or 350 applicants per week.  This will go on while they are still putting up their online program.

Priority numbers for the whole week are given out starting at Monday morning until after the allocated 350 numbers have all been given away on that day.

The new e-passport will cost applicants P950 (processing of 30 days) and P1200 (processing of 2 weeks).

For help on how to apply for passports, JUST SIMPLY CLICK HERE.

For more info, call the Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Consular Office GenSan at  (083) 553-8380.

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - http://plus.google.com/+AvelManansala. If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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Comments

  1. nice A says:

    That’s really a great news, Bariles! I may renew my passport in Gensan then when I go home. But I need to stay there in 2 weeks. It’s much, much cheaper than when we process it here – costing about PhP3,000 and can be claimed for 1 month, no 2 weeks option.

  2. fahdingding says:

    galing! galing! karapat – dapat tong ICLAP! CLAP!

  3. white knight says:

    Another GREAT SERVICE from DFA to the Generals & the whole SOCSKSARGEN. More power and keep on improving your service. God Bless!

  4. jordan says:

    first time kong kumuha ng passport sa DFA davao… that was year 2009 pa… buti na lang electronic na.. when i went abroad it was easier… hehe.. anyways.. up ako for this.. god bless helen acharon… and dfa gensan…

  5. neonlite says:

    ask ko lng bakit matagal na release passport ng mga anak ko? dapat 2 weeks ago pa yun na release pero hanggang ngayon wala pa rin…ang sabi nong una,may hit daw ang name, tapos another rason naman nila ay na bar down daw ang system..ano ba talaga?kaylan ko ba makuha yun ng ma sponsoran ko na mga anak ko…

  6. jonhky says:

    gusto ko sanang malaman kung kukuha ako mga anong oras ako dapat pumunta para maka kuha nang priority #?

  7. ian john montano says:

    h po release n po dpat un passport q last monday until nw bkt po dp n ddliver

  8. mina28 says:

    Inquire mo sna kung my red ribbon services na po jan s dfa gensan..tnx po

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