DFA readies IRR for measure extending validity of PHL passports to 10 yrs

MANILA-- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said his department is preparing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to fast-track the implementation of measure extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years once signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cayetano expressed confidence that the President would sign into law Senate-approved Senate Bill 1365 or the Philippine Passport Act.

Naipasa na ito at i have no reason to believe na mavi-veto so nagpagawa na ko IRR para pagnapirmahan na ng Pangulo, mabilis ito maiimplement (The bill has been signed and I have no reason to believe that this will be vetoed so I already ordered the formulation of IRR so once the President signed this, its implementation will be speeded up), he told reporters.

Under Senate Bill 1365, regular passports will be valid for 10 years instead of the current five.

Cayetano also bared an initiative adopted by his department to speed up passport application.

He said they have added 15 passport data-capturing machines to boost processing capacity.

We can process 1,000 more passports a day or 30 percent has been added to the capacity (so) from 2,300 a day, it can now process 3,300 (passports) a day, he added.

Source: Philippines News Agency