Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano officially announce the issuance of Philippine passports with 10-year validity which will start on January 1, 2018. This new passports will have no price increase for the time being.
Currently, Philippine passports cost PhP950 which only has a 5-year validity.
The lengthen of passport’s validity comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) signed the Republic Act 10928 which extends the validity of Philippine passports up to 10 years. This law was signed by the President last August 2.
Cayetano further explains that they need two more months to inform other countries regarding the new law with regards to the validity of passports.
According to him, the next two months “will give us enough time to inform the whole world and get the appropriate communications out” regarding the extended validity of passports which is now 10 years.
“Kung i-approve natin dito na hindi alam ng ibang bansa, baka kuwestyunin pa kayo pagdating sa airport. Imbis na nakatulong, mas malaking problema,” says Cayetano.
However, Cayetano clarified that Filipinos that are 18 years old and below “will still be issued 5-year valid passports”.
“Kasi below 18 years old po, nagbabago pa ‘yung mukha, so it’s better that after 18, ‘pag expired na ‘yung passport, saka mo irenew na saka na mag-10 years,” Cayetano confirmed.
DFA also stressed out that there will be an additional fees for the issuance of the new passports in the future.