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:
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.
Because previous contractor got pissed when terminated it made off with data. We did nothing about it or couldn't because we were in the wrong. It won't happen again. Passports pose national security issues and cannot be kept back by private entities. Data belongs to the state. https://t.co/8vsN96jqij
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 8, 2019
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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