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No Need for Birth Certificate When Renewing PH Passport, Says DFA

On January 15, Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. signed DFA Department Order No. 03-2019 that removes birth certificates as a requirement for passport renewal.

This only applies to the renewal of regular PH passports though.

Individuals who will be renewing under the following conditions will still be required to bring their birth certificate:

  • First-time passport applications;
  • Renewal applications for lost and mutilated passports;
  • Renewal applications requiring changes in the passport entries;
  • Renewal applications of old brown and green passports bearing no complete middle name;
  • Applicants included in the Department’s Watchlist

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This follows after Foreign Secretary Locsin Jr. ignited a media firestorm when he tweeted that the previous outsourced passport maker had run off with data after their contract was terminated.

Though he did not name the former contractor, former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said that Locsin was referring to Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire.

However, it was later on reported that Locsin Jr. was apparently misinformed.

He was then reassured by APO Production Unit Inc (APUI), the government contractor that took over from Oberthur, that no passport data was taken.

According to APUI chairman Michael Dalumpines, all passport data was with them and that officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs “have full access” to data from the old green passports to the current e-passports.

He also mentioned Oberthur had turned over all of their equipment for making passports, hence no data lost.

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