MANILA – Two years ago New Zealand doubled the validity of its passport from 5 years to 10 years after much lobbying from pressure groups. Now the Philippine passport has gone along the same route with effect from 1 January 2018.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano announced that “An Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports” had been signed two months ago whereby “no changes will be made on the current passport except for the ten-year validity period, for those issued to Filipinos 18 years or older. Filipinos under 18 years will still be issued five-year valid passports.”
The ten-year passport will cost PHP 950.00, which is the current price of a five-year passport. Additional fees may be imposed in the future for passports that will have enhanced features.
The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that it has a “mandate to improve the passport processing system to make it seamless, convenient and pro-people, and to ensure that the production and security of passports are at par with technological advances and world standards.”