Good News to all Filipinos here and abroad! The Philippine Passport’s validity has now been extended to 10 years.
The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 10928, an act extending the validity of Philippine Passports to 10 years from the current 5 years validity.
However, Minors from 18 years old and below shall be issued 5 years validity only.
Apparently, the Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag states that the Department of Foreign Affairs also has the power to limit the validity of the passport whenever necessary for the national economic interest or political stability of the country would be put into question.
Passport Law effectivity:
The new passport law will take effect once the publication in National Gazette or in national newspaper of general circulation is done.
Implementing of Rules and Regulation of the new ten year passport validity will be assigned to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Issuance of the New Passport:
The Department of Foreign Affairs has not yet issue the New Passport valid for ten years and there is still no specific date as to when will it be issued. The Department of Foreign Affairs has still to come up with the rules and regulation in implementing the new passport law valid for 10 years.
The law also instructed the DFA to make sure the passport processing system is convenient, seamless and pro-people.
Benefits of the New Passport Validity:
The passport extension validity is favorable to all Overseas Filipino Workers who have long contract period as they no longer need to travel to Philippine Consulates to have their passport renewed.
The new passport law is also a Good News to all who travel in different places abroad as it more accessible and reducing the burden of renewing passports.
Another advantage of the new passport law is that the workload of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) which is assigned to issue the Philippine passports will decrease.
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