DFA slammed over alleged anomalous printing of new passports

UNTV News   •   June 19, 2017   •   27356

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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

2 Filipino sailors kidnapped in West Africa – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that two Filipino seafarers were abducted in West Africa.

In a statement, the DFA said it received a report of another piracy incident from the Philippine Embassy in Abuja that resulted in the kidnapping of two more Filipino sailors “somewhere in Togo.”

The department said the recent incident brings to 11 the total number of Filipino seafarers kidnapped in West Africa following a report on nine others who were captured in Benin last week.

“The Philippine Government is actively tracking the development of the case with the Embassy in Abuja continuing its coordination with relevant authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers,” the DFA said.

The department added it is in close communication with the sailors’ manning agency and would provide updates as necessary on the incident.

DFA monitors abduction of Pinoy sailors off Benin, Africa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is currently monitoring the status of the nine Filipino sailors who were abducted by suspected pirates off Benin in West Africa.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs is in close contact with the seafarers’ manning agency and joins the relatives’ primary call to ensure our nationals’ safety and security,” the DFA said in a statement.

Authorities in Benin have confirmed that nine Filipinos were abducted by suspected pirates while waiting at the harbor of the port of Cotonou in Benin.

“The Autonomous Port of Cotonou regrets to inform you that Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, an act of piracy took place in the harbor area,” the port authorities said in a statement.—AAC

DFA advises PH passport holders to renew at least 1yr before expiration

Marje Pelayo   •   October 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday (October 29) that the extension of ePassport validity is no longer allowed in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

The new policy has taken effect this month, October 2019.

Thus, the DFA recommends that all passport renewal applicants file for new passports at least one year before the date of expiry.

Applicants may secure passport appointment slots through http://passport.gov.ph.

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