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21/06/2010: Philippine Embassy Implements ePassport Project

Philippine Embassy Implements ePassport Project

21 JUNE 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consular Assistant Janeth Falsis takes a photo of Bing Branigin, Director for Community and Media Affairs of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).  Ms. Branigin is the first applicant for an e-passport from the Filipino community in the Embassy's consular jurisdiction.

The ePassport features microchip technology. An integrated circuit (chip) within its pages contains data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder, which include personal information on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip.

The ePassport is the world standard in travel documents.  It avoids reproduction and tampering as a result of the security measures inherent in the new passport.  The enhanced features also facilitate in a seamless and rapid transaction for travelers at immigration checkpoints.

Successfully launched today at the Embassy of the Philippines, ePassport applicants are highly encouraged to set an appointment prior to their visit at the Embassy by calling 202-467-9300 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.  Personal appearance is required in all cases as the biometrics such as the applicant's photo, thumbprints and signature will be captured at the Embassy during the enrolment and data capturing process.  The ePassport costs US $60.00.  For further information on the ePassport project implementation, please visit www.philippineembassy-usa.orgEND.