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Philippines announces new passport renewal rule

Announcement made following a passport data breach.

The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has as of late reported a change in the requirements needed for the renewal of passports. The declaration was made after an information rupture which happened on Saturday, January 12. 

As per the Filipino Times, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr uncovered that a passport data break was identified after an abroad temporary worker did not turn over the data to the government. The contractual worker had got disturbed when their services were terminated, Locsin called attention to. "It won't occur once more. Passports present national security issues and can't be held back by private substances. Information has a place with the state," he tweeted. 

In the wake of the information rupture, Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato asked for candidates to bring a unique duplicate of their introduction to the world testaments - a move that put off numerous Filipino expats. 


On Tuesday, the DFA illuminated the rundown of necessities - in an official declaration.

Under Department Order 03-2019, birth certificates are no longer required for any passport renewal, overturning Cato's earlier announcement. However, birth certificates will still be required in the following situations:

- First-time passport applications

- Renewal for lost and damaged passports

- Requiring changes in the passport entries

- Old (brown or green) passports with no complete middle name.

- Applicants included in the DFA's watchlist

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