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Backlog passport production amid new E-passport system

President Benigno S. Aquino III tries the new ePassport system and program during the unveiling of the inaugural marker of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Production Unit, Inc. High Security Printing Plant at the Lima Technology Center in Apolinario Mabini Street, Malvar, Batangas on Monday (July 20). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

There’s no assurance that the public will experience the same three-minute release of their e-passports as what President Benigno Aquino III had for his own e-passport.

According to Foreign Affairs Spokesman Asst. Sec. Charles Jose, the reason why PNOY was able to get his e-passport that fast because he was at the opening of the plant of the APO Production Unit Inc., in Batangas City.

In reality, the Department of Foreign Affairs expects that the process in capturing and sending of information of biometrics of the applicants will be quicker once operations becomes full blast.

The DFA admits that the public only saw a program on how the whole process works, but don’t expect that this will be as quick as how the President got his when they start implementing the said sytem.

PNOY has an existing valid passport amid the production of his e-passport on Monday.   (with DZRH Sherwin Alfaro)

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