May 15, 2017

GOOD NEWS! Pres. Duterte's Promise To Extend PHL Passport Validity To 10 Years Approved By Senate!

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Good news for Pinoys abroad especially overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as bill extending Philippine passports validity for 10 years was approved by the Senate, Monday, May 15.

After eighteen senators voted to approve on its third and final reading, Senate Bill No. 1365, or the Philippine Passport Act finally passed before the Senate.

“This measure will certainly give comfort to our OFWs. Often, they have to file a leave from work for them to be able to travel back and forth to the nearest Philippine Embassy or consular office to get their passports renewed,” said Senator Angara.

“Simplifying our passport application system would ease our people’s burden of having to renew their passports every few years. It would also prevent any backlogs in the issuance of passports,” newly appointed DFA Sec. Cayetano said.

Cayetano also said that the passage of the bill will also be inline with President Duterte's promise to promote the welfare of the people.

The Senate bill was authored by Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

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Source: Juan Duterte, PTV

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