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Cayetano pushes for longer PH passport validity
« on: October 04, 2016, 05:51:42 PM »
Cayetano pushes for longer PH passport validity
Calls for a hassle-free passport application process
 
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is pushing for the establishment of a seamless and hassle-free processing of passports for Filipinos here and abroad.
 
The senator on Tuesday (October 4) expressed his support to lengthen the validity of Philippine passports from five to ten (10) years. Cayetano chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which conducted its first public hearing on the proposed measures to extend the validity of passports.
 
This proposal is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier directive to amend Republic Act No. 8239, otherwise known as the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, which sets the validity of passports to five years.
 
The President, in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), lamented how Filipino passport applicants have to endure long lines or even stay overnight as the government can only cater to a limited number of applicants per day.
 
The senator stressed the need to simplify the application system in order to ease the people’s burden of having to renew their passports every five years, and to prevent backlogs and delays in the issuance of passports.
 
“We’re here to have the first low-lying fruit output from the legislative and the executive, which is the issuance of passports – how to make it easier,” Cayetano said.
 
The senator also stressed the need to make the passport application process easier for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and other marginalized groups, including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens.
 
“OFWs, PWDs, and senior citizens should be given priority, not because they want special treatment, but because they have special needs,” Cayetano explained.
 
Cayetano said OFWs in particular should be given priority because any delay in the processing of their travel documents could cost them their jobs abroad.
 
He said he plans to visit the one-stop center for OFWs located in Clark, Pampanga in November to see how the systems and services can still be improved to address migrant workers’ concerns.
 
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay also backed the proposal to extend the validity of Philippine passports. “Let me just say that the Department of Foreign Affairs has no objection to the proposal to increase the validity of passport from five years to 10 years,” he said during Tuesday's hearing.

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 04:16:13 PM »

fine. it's convenient for everyone, dfa workers included.

my only doubt about its advisability (barring cayetano's usual politicking) is over passport photos. much can change about a person's looks in 10 years, much more so in some than in others.

consider a 10-year-old girl's passport that he can still use when she's already 19... or a 30-year-old guy who had lost all his hair by the time he turned 39. he may not like wearing a wig like aguirre.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2016, 04:18:15 PM »

i compared the photos of my own passports (a total of four, including my current one), and compared the photos of my first and third one, covering 10 years thus. i won't blame those immigration guys in foreign airports if they'd conclude that i may not be the person that the passport says i am had my previous passport held a validity of 10 years.   

i believe the 5-year validity has reasons, and i imagine one of these is based on one's physical changes which may be tolerable in a 5-year span.   



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