The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) on Tuesday said the issuance of electronic passports (ePassports) scheduled to be released from January 28 to February 2 will be delayed by two to three days because of a machine breakdown.
The DFA said it may also issue "machine-readable passports on a limited basis in cases of extreme emergency."
"The department would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the public," it said.
The DFA said ePassports provider Oberthur Technology expects "to stabilize operations immediately. Operations will normalize by Monday, February 4."
Meanwhile, the DFA urges passport applicants in Manila to secure an appointment by logging on at the website www.epassport.com.ph or by calling (632) 737-1000.