Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

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Staff Report

Dubai: It’s good news especially for overseas Filipinos as they can now apply for a 10-year passport. It will help save their time for applying a new passport and also for the renewal.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years.
The new law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10 years. Filipinos under 18 will be given passports with five-year validity, according to the law.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is now expected to issue the implementing guidelines to ensure that the process will be seamless, according to Philipine media reports.
The new law amends the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 or Republic Act 8239.
The act also states that the Philippine government may limit the validity of the passport to less than 10 years “whenever national economic interest or political stability is at stake”.
Filipino expats have long called for the extension of the Philippine passport for economic and practical reasons. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com