- ‘High-security’ passports will be ready for issuance on August 15
- The new passport has a new design and with added security features
- The production speed has also been increased resulting to the lesser delivery period
MANILA, Philippines – A newly-designed and more secure passports will be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs starting Monday, August 15; this was according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
In a statement to reporters on Sunday, Andanar said the new ‘high-security’ passports will feature the country’s regions as well an embossed-type printing called ‘intaglio’ which is used in printing money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle.
“Added security features have been placed such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light,” Andanar added in a statement.
The Philippine eagle and green turtle are also featured as additional designs.
The APO Production Unit, Inc., which operates under Andanar’s Presidential Communications Office (PCO), was the agency tasked to print the passports and supposedly managed to increase its production speed, thereby resulting to lesser number of days in its delivery period.
“This means the new passport printing system results to delivery of passports from press to the Department of Foreign Affairs to an average of 5 days,” the Malacañang official explained.
The current delivery period for new passport is between 7 and 14 days.
Andanar added the passport will be ready for those who want to travel abroad starting next week.