(Updated 11:09 a.m.) Among the legacy that President Benigno Aquino III expects to leave behind as he embarks into his last year in office is the new electronic passport.
The new e-passport has a more durable booklet made from higher quality materials.
It also has added security features, such as a tamper-proof electronic microchip and a hidden encoded image.
Design-wise, it features distinctly Filipino images, such as photos of the Philippine eagle, the country's tourist destinations, and the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem.
With the inauguration of the new printing plant in Batangas, the seven-day rush issuance of a passport is expected to be cut down to only five days, and the regular issuance from 15 to 10 days.
The machine at the said plant can print up to 20,000 passports a day, with a mere eight seconds spent on each passport, a report on Balitanghali said.
Those who wish to avail of the e-passport may apply at the Department of Foreign Affairs' Office of Consular Affairs in ASEANA Business Park in Parañaque City, or at the other satellite offices located at:
- SM City Manila (5th floor)
- Robinsons Galleria (Lingkod Pinoy Center, Level 1, west lane)
- SM Megamall (7th floor, Building C)
- Metro Alabang (4th floor)
- Ali Mall (Level 2).