House Approves 10-Year Validity of PH Passports

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House Approves 10-Year Validity of PH Passports


By Ben R. Rosario

The House of Representatives on Monday, February 13 extended the validity of Philippine passports from the present five years to ten years.

Voting 216 for, without negative votes and abstentions, the chamber approved House Bill 4767 on third and final reading.

Congressmen also agreed to send a copy of the bill to the Senate.

The bill amends Section 10 of the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 by extending the validity of the Philippine passport from five years to ten years.

Principal of the bill included Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Lakas-CMD, Pampanga); and Reps. Michael Romero (1Pacman Partylist); Winston Castelo (LP, Quezon City); John Bertiz (ACT OFW Partylist); Romeo Acop (LP, Antipolo City); Benhur Salimbangon (NUP, Cebu); Sol Aragones (NPC, Laguna); Eileen Ermita-Buhain (PDP-Laban, Batangas); Gus Tambunting (PDP-Laban, Paranaque City) and Henry Oaminal (PDP-Laban, Misamis Occidental).

House Bill 4767 consolidated 20 bills proposing to amend Section 10 of Republic Act 8239 providing for a five year period of validity for all passports issued to Filipino citizens.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has endorsed enactment of the measure which will conform "to international best practices."

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs report said the bill will "ease the burden of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), seafarers, business persons, and the traveling public from having to renew their passports every five years.

Castelo said the five year validity is considered too short that only burdens passports holders to join long lines of applicants for new and renewal of passports at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). …

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