DFA passport maker runs off with all data

DFA passport maker runs off with all data

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is requiring some of those renewing their passports to bring their birth certificates as its previous outsourced passport maker “took away” all its applicants’ data, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.

“We are rebuilding our files from scratch because previous outsourced passport maker took all the data when contract (was) terminated,” Locsin said in his personal Twitter account on Wednesday in response to queries of some netizens.

DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said applicants renewing brown or green passports or maroon machine-readable passports are required to submit birth certificates.

Before the country transitioned to the e-passport, the DFA required the submission of physical copies of birth certificates and marriage contracts, he said.

In a Twitter exchange with an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who encountered a problem renewing his passport last week, Locsin questioned why it is necessary for applicants to submit their birth certificates when renewing their passports.

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