DFA to issue 'new high-security passport' starting August 15

The new passports with added security features are set to issue starting Monday, August 15.

According to Rappler report, it will be delivered in a short period of time to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

In the statement of Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said 
"all new high-security passport" for those who wants to apply and has a design that helps to promote the places in the Philippines.

“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 said.

“Other changes include intaglio printing used for the printing of money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle,” he added.

Andanar said that the production has a faster speed.

"The new APO printing system increases the production speed of the new passports [by] 35%," Andanar said.

"This means the new passport printing system results to delivery of passports from press to the [DFA] to an average of 5 days compared to 7-14 days previously,"he added.

Andanar said that they are improving the delivery period and by next year it will shorten to 4 days.

"It is the objective of the PCO to keep on improving our printing processes so we can even hasten the delivery from our APO Lima Plant in Batangas to DFA within 4 days by 2017,"Andanar said.

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