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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Senate Bill 795, extending the passport validity from 5 into 10 years.

Senator Recto encourages President Duterte to certify the Bill.

Date: 01-17-17
As we recalled on the first SONA of President Duterte on July 2016, he promised that passports would have longer validity and as what the latter openly expressed his distaste for long lines, said that he wanted queues in all government offices shortened and travel documents, licenses validity extended.

With this words, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto filed the Senate Bill 795, amending the Section 10 Republic Act 8239, the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.

Bill's explanatory note: Recto specifically cited the inconveniences experienced by OFWs in securing a passport.

Coverage and exception:

Minors are not included to be issued five-year passports in accordance with the International norms.

But grants the Foreign Affairs Secretary the right to limit the validity of a passport to less than 10 years if he deems that national security, public safety or public health or whenever the applicant's supporting documents appear inadequate.

Source: PNA, 2017

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