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Get to bottom of passport data mess, gov’t urged

Get to bottom of passport data mess, gov’t urged

Department of Foreign Affairs. DFA FILE PHOTO

By CBCP News

January 14, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop on Monday asked the government to get into the bottom of the supposed passport data loss in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) said the problem must be addressed and not repeated.

“To investigate, to correct the mistakes and mess, and to punish the guilty is great service to the country, especially to our overseas Filipino Workers,” he said.

Malacañang has already ordered the National Privacy Commission to investigate the “serious and grave matter”.

A Senate probe is being sought to look into the failure of DFA to preserve passport data after contract of a third-party service provider was terminated.

“We appeal for thorough investigation, no sacred cows, those guilty be prosecuted,” Santos said.

The prelate also said that the new requirements for applying passports such as birth certificates will pose problems to many OFWs.

“They have not been properly notified, posted more difficulties for them in terms of time, expenses and burden to their families in order to get those birth certificates,” he said.