All Applicants’ Data Gone Away After DFA Passport Maker Runs Off
The former passport maker of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) took away all the applicants’ data after contract termination.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said that the DFA will require some applicants renewing passports to bring their birth certificates.
Locsin explained that the agency requires clients to bring their birth certificates after the terminated passport maker runs off with the data.
The DFA secretary revealed that the passport maker got pissed after termination and runs off with the details and information of applicants.
“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,” Locsin said quoted by Philstar.
Applicants renewing green, brown, and maroon machine-readable passports are obliged to submit their birth certificates as DFA rebuilds files according to DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato.
Cato said that DFA required the submission of physical copies and birth certificates before the transitions of Philippines to e-passport.
The agency is now doubling their efforts to make the passport issuance faster.
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