OFWs Welcome Removal Of Birth Certificate As Requirement for Passport Renewal
PASSPORT – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are relieved to hear that there is no need to bring birth certificates when renewing their passport.
Department of Foreign affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. recently signed a department order which will nullify the requirement of birth certificates, thus, giving a welcoming relief to migrant workers, deployed to 180 countries all over the world who are working in numerous job sites where the nearest consular office may be hundreds or thousands of miles away, as told by recruitment consultant and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani.
According to inquirer, Geslani agreed with Locsin that “birth certificates are an additional burden for passport holders and the old passport is sufficient evidence of a person’s citizenship.”
Thus, removing it as part of the requirement will lighten the burden of people and OFWs who want to renew their passports and availing of the ten-year validity which should have been implemented decades ago by the DFA.
As per the report, the order that Locsin signed on Tuesday was the Department Order (DO) 03-2019, right after he denied that the DFA has to rebuild their database due to the incident where a passport maker was pissed and allegedly ran off with the info.
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