There are plans to extend the validity of Philippine passports from the current five years to 10 years under the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, reports ABS-CBN News.
In an interview, incoming Budget Secretary Dr. Benjamin Diokno pointed out the need to adjust to other countries that already follow the 10-year validity for visa issuance. "Ang visa sa U.S. ngayon, 10 years na eh...Kung gusto ko ng 10 years 'yong passport ko, 'di okay din," he told Bandila on Tuesday, June 28.
However, Department of Foreign Affairs Asst. Sec. Frank Cimafranca said that existing passport laws would have to be amended, which may increase the application cost. "From 44 pages, we can make it 60 pages, mga ganun. So if you redesign it, then it will increase the cost," he further explained.
Other adjustments the Duterte administration aims to implement are the extension of validity for the NBI clearance, driver's license, and NSO birth certificates.
Duterte has earlier instructed his Cabinet to eliminate the long queues for obtaining government-issued documents, according to a report in the Philippine Star
On Monday, June 27, Duterte specifically ordered incoming Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec. Perfecto Yasay Jr. to resolve the long lines, which force some passport applicants to camp out and sleep outside the DFA offices.