DFA slammed over alleged anomalous printing of new passports

UNTV News   •   June 19, 2017   •   28210

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MANILA, Philippines — The convener of Action for Good Governance, Atty. Argee Guevarra, argues that the quality of the new batch of passports are substandard.

In a press conference this on Monday, Atty. Guevarra showed a leaf from a supposed newly printed passport given to him by his informant.

He said compared to the ones we have now, the new print is thinner and the embedded watermarks are not that clear.

He added this might be labelled as fake and will not pass the reading machines at airports locally and internationally.

This might result in possible detention and repatriation of passport holders and overseas Filipino workers who will use such passports.

“The new quality of paper and the corresponding watermarks, it will be revealed that the new passport paper wont even pass master the passport reading machines, locally and internationally,” Guevarra said.

Atty. Guevarra says DFA entered into a questionable transaction with Asian Productivity Organization or APO that is contracted to do the printing.

An informant allegedly told Guevarra that APO outsourced the printing through another private corporation, the United Graphic Expression Corporation (UGEC) without the permission from DFA.

“Our existing passports has specific watermarks specific thickness of paper, and yet because of the APO production outsourcing through anomalous joint venture agreement with private printing office, our use of passport are compromised,” Guevarra added.

Guevarra said UGEC is the company also involved in mighty cigarettes stamp issue.

As of this time, DFA has not yet issued a statement or comment on the matter. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News and Rescue

Repatriates from the UAE reach 3,000 — DFA

Maris Federez   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has repatriated a total of 3,000 distressed Filipinos from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since the start of the pandemic.

The 7th special chartered flight from the UAE that carried 359 overseas Filipinos — including 112 pregnant Filipinos and 12 persons with disabilities — arrived at the Davao International Airport on Sunday morning.

“We are working double-time to make sure our kababayans in distress get the much-needed repatriation the soonest. Pregnant women, PWDs, and those with special needs are given due consideration to expediting their return home,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said in a news release Sunday.

The DFA said the repatriation of Filipinos from the UAE was made successful in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, the City Government of Davao, and other government agencies.

“We send our appreciation to our partner agencies, especially to the City Government of Davao, for the invaluable assistance to the repatriates upon their arrival. This is a clear example of the whole-of-government approach that the administration promised in assisting our distressed OFs,” Arriola added.

The DFA said all repatriates received a10,000-peso reintegration assistance.

Their return flight ticket, free quarantine facility, and swab test were also provided by the Philippine government. —/mbmf

DFA tells public: Temporarily stop using GCash in securing passport appointment online

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in its latest advisory advises the public to temporarily refrain from using GCash for their payments when using the agency’s online passport appointment system.

The agency said they are receiving numerous reports on errors, double charging, and unconfirmed appointments from applicants who paid through GCash while securing an appointment from DFA’s online passport appointment system website.

“Based on the advice received from Paymaya, the payment gateway for all passport appointments online, the reported issues occurred as some transactions which have already been declined by Paymaya were still approved by GCash,” the DFA said.

“Thus, applicants’ GCash accounts were still debited even if they did not receive appointment confirmations,” it added.

The DFA, through its Office of Consular Affairs (OCA), assures the public that it is closely coordinating with Paymaya as they resolve the issue with GCash.

DFA logs two new COVID cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported two new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad.

Likewise, three overseas Filipino workers (OFW) recovered from the infection and no new fatalities were recorded.

Overall, DFA logged a total of 20,424 cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos from different parts of the world.

Of this number, 7,108 are currently undergoing treatment.

Also, 12,096 recovered and a total of 1,220 succumbed to the disease in all 94 countries and territories around the globe.

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