19/05/2010: SFPCG STARTS IMPLEMENTATION OF E-PASSPORT
In compliance with instructions from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco has started to implement the processing of e-passports on May 17, 2010.
e-Passport applicants conveniently get processed during the initial day of implementation by trained and friendly consulate personnel
To ensure efficient delivery of services by this new system, Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. instructed the consulate staff to make substantive preparations for the installation and commissioning of the Post’s e-Passport system.
This included the training of all consulate personnel on the operation of the e-passport machines in coordination with the CMISD team from Manila. The former Folklife Museum located just across the consular waiting area was converted into a room for the pre-processing of e-passports, dual citizenship applications, as well as the new site for the consulate’s information desk. In addition, announcements on e-passport processing were posted on the ground floor and the two elevators of the Philippine Center building. Finally, signages and arrow signs were posted on the consulate premises to guide applicants on the new system/processing areas.
Re-designed signage guide applicants to the consulate’s new pre-processing area
“The new Philippine e-passport represents the latest technology in travel documents and will increase the integrity and security of the Philippine passport. I am confident that this new passport will benefit our Filipino travelers in clearing through immigration and customs lines in all international airports,” said Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.
Ms. Jennie Ramos of San Jose, California was the first e-passport applicant of the Philippine Consulate General.
The new e-passport contains an integrated chip that includes the holder’s photo and other identification features. With the implementation of this new system, the Philippines joins the exclusive club of countries issuing e-Passports - among them - Japan, Republic of Korea, India, Hong Kong in China, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the UK, Russia, and the U.S.A. END.