06/05/2010: e-Passports to be Implemented on May 17
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is pleased to announce that it will implement the processing of e-passports on May 17, 2010. The e-passport will contain an integrated chip, the latest technology in travel documents, which will increase the integrity and security of the Philippine passport. The chip will include the holder’s photo and other identification features.
Upon the implementation of the e-passport, all Philippine foreign service posts are tasked to create a clean database which will necessitate the personal appearance of everyone without exception even those below eight (8) and above sixty-five (65) years of age, and even for those applying for renewal of passport. All applicants no longer have to submit photographs, as pictures and finger prints will be taken on-site---the costs of which are already included in the application fee of sixty US dollars (US$60). END