OLD PH PASSPORTS PHASED OUT BY 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday that all non-machine readable passports will be phased out by November 24, 2015 and may no longer be extended beyond October 31, 2015. In a statement, the DFA said that Filipinos holding machine readable passports, or those with green or maroon covers, meanwhile will no longer be allowed to apply for validity extension beyond October 31, 2014. "They must instead apply for a new e-Passport (dark maroon) as soon as possible before the expiry of their current MRRP (green) or MRP (maroon) passports," the statement said. "Those who fail to do so will likely encounter difficulty at immigration checks when traveling through any ports of entry around the world after October 2015," it added.

ALSO: Imports down 8.6% in October

The country’s imports posted its biggest year-on-year drop in 18 months in October due to the decline in purchases from overseas of electronic products and five other commodity groups. The National Statistics Office (NSO) said yesterday the country’s total imported goods fell 8.6 percent to $4.824 billion in October from $5.277 billion in the same month last year. The year-on-year decrease in October is the biggest seen since April 2012 when the country’s imports went down by 13.7 percent. “The negative growth resulted from the decrease in imports of the following major commodity groups: cereals and cereal preparations; mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials; industrial machinery and equipment; organic and inorganic chemicals; electronic products; and plastics in primary and non-primary forms,” the NSO


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DFA: Old passports phased out by 2015


The Department of Foreign Affairs released this image distinguishing old passports from new ones. The agency said non-machine readable passports may only apply for validity extension until October 31 next year.

MANILA, DECEMBER 30, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday that all non-machine readable passports will be phased out by November 24, 2015 and may no longer be extended beyond October 31, 2015.

In a statement, the DFA said that Filipinos holding machine readable passports, or those with green or maroon covers, meanwhile will no longer be allowed to apply for validity extension beyond October 31, 2014.

"They must instead apply for a new e-Passport (dark maroon) as soon as possible before the expiry of their current MRRP (green) or MRP (maroon) passports," the statement said.

"Those who fail to do so will likely encounter difficulty at immigration checks when traveling through any ports of entry around the world after October 2015," it added.

DFA said the new regulation follows International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

The agency also reminded holders that extending validity of passport extension can only be applied for medical emergencies requiring overseas Filipinos to travel back home, death in the family, those returning to their employers abroad and those in the Middle East who are returning home on final exit visas.

"In these instances, proof of urgency such as a copy of the death certificate, medical certificate, valid employment contracts processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or any of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, along with plane tickets with confirmed flight details should be presented," the DFA said.

Imports down 8.6% in October By Louella D. Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 28, 2013 - 12:00am 1 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s imports posted its biggest year-on-year drop in 18 months in October due to the decline in purchases from overseas of electronic products and five other commodity groups.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) said yesterday the country’s total imported goods fell 8.6 percent to $4.824 billion in October from $5.277 billion in the same month last year.

The year-on-year decrease in October is the biggest seen since April 2012 when the country’s imports went down by 13.7 percent.

Compared to September’s imports, which were valued at $5.711 billion, the October result was 15.5 percent lower.

“The negative growth resulted from the decrease in imports of the following major commodity groups: cereals and cereal preparations; mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials; industrial machinery and equipment; organic and inorganic chemicals; electronic products; and plastics in primary and non-primary forms,” the NSO said.

Electronic products, the top imported commodity in October which accounted for 25.9 percent, were valued at $1.247 billion, down 7.3 percent from last year’s figure of $1.346 billion.

The NSO noted that the People’s Republic of China was the country’s biggest source of imports in October, accounting for 13 percent of the total bill.

Payments for imports from China reached $628.95 million in October, up 5.9 percent from $593.85 million in the same month in 2012.

For the January to October period, the country’s imports amounted to $51.183 billion, down slightly from the $51.621 billion in the comparable period last year.

The NSO also reported that for the month of October, total external trade in goods reached $9.850 billion, which represents a 1.7 percent increase from the $9.687 billion recorded during the same month in 2012.

This, as imports declined while exports went up year-on-year in October.

The country’s merchandise exports went up 14 percent to $5.026 billion in October from $4.410 billion in the same month a year ago.

Based on the latest imports and exports result, the balance of trade in goods for the country in October 2013 registered a surplus of $202 million from the $867 million deficit in the same period last year.


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