No need for birth certificates in renewal of passports — DFA

admin   •   January 16, 2019   •   4179

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs issued a new order removing the submission of birth certificates in the renewal of passports.

In a tweet, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. said that the presentation of the old passport is “more than sufficient” when applying for a new one.

The new directive comes amid the data breach controversy hounding the department wherein its former passport printing contractor allegedly ran off with the personal information of passport holders.

The new DFA order however, states that presentation of birth certificate is still required for the following conditions:

  • First-time passport applicants
  • Applicants whose names appear on the DFA’s watchlist
  • Renewal of lost or damaged passports
  • Renewal of passport due to name change
  • Renewal of brown passports, green passports, machine readable passports (maroon) or any older passports

In an interview, Sec. Locsin asked for the public’s understanding while the department is sorting the data breach issue.

Locsin posted on Twitter that passport data is not “run-away-able” but made inaccessible.

He added that the current passport printing contractor, APO Production Unit Incorporated, assured him that they were able to access the data but most of it are already corrupted.

Former DFA secretary Perfecto Yasay had earlier said that Locsin was “misinformed” and his accusations against the former contractor are false and malicious. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

Over 300 repatriated Filipino sailors from Germany arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 300 Filipino seafarers repatriated from cruise ships docked in Germany have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said the group was among the crewmembers of Sea Chefs and TUI cruises who had to wait for two months to be repatriated after their usual cruise liner routes, mainly in the Caribbean region, were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The repatriated Filipinos landed in Manila on May 25 after they departed from Hamburg via a chartered TUI Airlines flight, the department said.

The repatriates were assisted at the send-off by TUI staff, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, and Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz, it added.

Before boarding, Ambassador Dizon-De Vega expressed appreciation to the Filipino crew for their patience and understanding, as well as the companies for their coordination.

“It has been a very difficult period for all of you and we look forward to the time when you can all come back to work in the cruise industry,” Dizon-De Vega said.

295 Filipinos repatriated from Cayman Islands, London arrive in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 295 Filipino workers and their families repatriated from the Cayman Islands and London have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued Monday, the DFA said this batch of repatriates is composed of 287 Filipinos from Grand Cayman and eight stranded in London.

They landed on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) onboard an “airbridge” flight organized by the local government of the Cayman Islands.

The DFA said the Cayman Islands, which is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, mounted the “airbridge” flight to provide an opportunity for foreign contract workers to return to their home countries amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The department added that it was made possible with the cooperation of the Office of the Governor of the Cayman Islands Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington D.C.

“The Manila airbridge flight is but a demonstration of the close Philippine-UK bilateral ties,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.

Arriola assured that the Philippine Government will continue to work closely with other governments and organizations to mount similar repatriation flights to bring home Filipinos who are in distress as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Upon arrival at NAIA, the  DFA said the repatriates underwent thorough documentation and briefing on current safety protocols prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as RT-PCR COVID-19 testing.

“They will be temporarily housed at Bureau of Quarantine-approved facilities for their mandatory quarantine while they await the result of their RT-PCR test,” it said.

Over 230 Filipino sailors from Germany arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over 200 Filipino sailors repatriated from Germany have arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said a total of 239 Filipino seafarers have been repatriated on May 11, with the help of the Philippine Consulate in Frankfurt.

The latest batch of repatriates was composed of 188 crew of AIDAblu, and 51 of AIDAmar who signed off while their ships were docked at the German Port of Hamburg.

The DFA said it facilitated the arrival of the sailors from Germany while the shipping company, AIDA Cruises, chartered the Condor flight to bring the repatriates home.

The department said the repatriation was organized amidst the cap imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the daily number of arriving overseas Filipino workers in order to manage the existing quarantine protocols and to ensure that OFWs are adequately attended to upon their arrival.

The Philippine government has been repatriating Filipino workers from abroad amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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