MANILA, January 12, 2018 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released the first batch of 10-year valid passports on Friday, following its official rollout in the Philippines on January 3.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Cayetano graced the DFA consular office in Aseana to introduce the improved document, which he said was the public’s “product” due to almost 10 years of complaints regarding its quality.
Based on DFA data, the trend of passport production since 2009 has steadily increased despite there having been no significant increase in the number of consular staff members.
“This extended validity is seen to benefit the OFWs, particularly those who are assigned in areas far from an embassy or consulate where they can apply for a new one,” Cayetano said.
“The 10-year validity passport is also one way to address decongestion among the various consular offices,” he added.
In August 2017, Republic Act No. 10928 or the Act Extending the Validity of Philippine passports was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Effective January 2 and 3, 2018, all approved applications of Filipinos 18 years old and above are issued 10-year valid passports. Minors 17 years old and below are only issued five-year valid passports.
According to the agency, both booklets issued with 10-year and five-year validity will have no change in terms of fees, design and number of pages. (Joyce Ann L. Rocamora/PNA)