DFA Starts Processing Philippine Passports Valid for 10 Years

The tough-talking President of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte once promised that he will do everything to speed up the delivery of basic services in the country as well as provide longer validity for various licenses including the Philippine Passports. The DFA and LTO started the roll out of licenses with longer validity.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) started processing a longer validity for Philippine passports which is valid for 10 years.

According to DFA's announcement "Since January 1 and 2 were holidays, passport applications made starting today, 3 January, shall be 10-year valid, provided, the applicant is not a minor," the DFA's Office of Public Diplomacy said in a statement.

The DFA also added that regular release schedules of passports would be observed for regular applications made from all issuing units.

Meanwhile, several Philippine embassies and consulates worldwide have started issuing notifications to various Filipino communities regarding the issuance of Republic Act 10928, an act extending the validity of the Philippine travel document from five to ten years.

Pres. Duterte signed into law last August 2:

"Both passports with ten (10) and five (5) year validity will use the current Philippine electronic passport booklets without any change in design, security features and number of pages," the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia said in a statement issued last week.

The DFA also explained that Filipinos below 18 years old will still be issued the 5-year validity passports. They added further that passports issued prior to January 1, 2018, which has five-year validity, would remain valid until its expiration date.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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