International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President Robert Kobeh Gonzalez (left) commended the Philippines for its implementation of the electronic passport (ePassport) project during his recent courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo (right) at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Gonzalez said that the DFA's adoption and issuance of e-passports is highly significant as these facilitates the transit of passengers through international airports and enhances travel safety.
The ePassport, which is compliant with ICAO standards, is one of the flagship projects of the DFA in recent years and makes the Philippines one of the first 60 countries to have implemented the new standard, well ahead of the ICAO schedule. With ePassport implementation, Filipino travellers can now enjoy the benefits of using a modern, tamper-proof and secure travel document.
The Philippine Embassy in Amman expects to proceed with ePassport implementation before the end of September 2010 for the benefit of Filipinos in Jordan who need to renew their passports.
- Original press release on DFA website