By Chito Chavez
An Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) group decried the burden imposed on the public by the “massive passport fiasco.”
Migrante International has demanded a “full refund” of the passport processing fee to all passport applicants. Migrante said that the debacle has caused a great inconvenience and a great deal of embarrassment for the Department of Foreign Affairs.
They called on the government to “make the lives of the applicants less difficult”. The passport is an important requirement for overseas employment, they added.
The group is referring to the alleged data breach bared by DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. They fear that the situation puts the affected parties at risk to unlawful use of their personal information.
“This is indeed distressing considering that it occurred while we are fast approaching the midterm national elections,” the group said, adding it fears “the dangerous implications it poses on the welfare of our dear OFWs,” Migrante International said.
“Aside from the consequent inconveniences it will cause them, any private information leaked will surely make OFWs and all the other passport applicants vulnerable to identity theft and other fraudulent schemes,” the group added.
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is currently investigating the incident.