The Department of Foreign Affairs (“DFA”) has issued Department Order No. 010-2017 dated 25 October 2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (“IRR”) of Republic Act No. 10928, otherwise known as “An Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports, Amending for the Purpose Section 10 of Republic Act No. 8239, Otherwise known as ‘Philippine Passport Act of 1996’, and for Other Purposes”.
The IRR provides that regular passports issued to Filipinos eighteen (18) years or older at the time of application shall be valid for ten (10) years while those issued to Filipinos under eighteen (18) years of age shall be valid for five (5) years. The foregoing applies to first time, replacement, and renewal applications.
The DFA may limit the period of validity of passports to less than ten (10) years whenever the economic interest or political stability of the country requires such restriction.
The DFA may implement necessary reforms, including the addition of pages, changing of materials, and enhancement of security features, in order to make the passport processing system seamless, convenient, and pro-people, and the production and security at par with technological advances and world standards. Additional fees may be imposed for the improved passports.
The IRR shall take effect on 01 January 2018.