Wednesday | May 10. 2017
On his SONA speech, President Rodrigo Duterte ask the lawmakers to extended the validity of passport to 5 year to 10 years.
Yesterday the senate has approved on second reading bill extending the validity of Philippine passports. When a motion was made there is no Senator who object on this Senate Bill No. 1365
This was also passed on House of Representative last February,
The consolidated measure in the Senate was authored by nine senators: Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Ralph Recto, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, and Alan Peter Cayetano, chair of the Senate committee on foreign affairs.
Under the measure, regular passports would be valid for 10 years while those of holders under 18 years old would still have a five-year validity.
Villar said the passports of many countries were already valid for 10 years. She cited the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Vietnam and Cambodia, among others.
Villar said the government collects around P4 billon a year from passport applications.
This will be great for OFW's who always renew their Passport. It will be less hassle on their Part.
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