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Department Order No. 010-2017

Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017)

 

 

The following rules and regulations are issued to implement Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), “AN ACT EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF PHILIPPINE PASSPORTS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 10 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8239, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘PHILIPPINE PASSPORT ACT OF 1996’, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”.

  1. Regular passports issued to Filipinos eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application shall be valid for ten (10) years.
  1. Regular passports issued to Filipinos under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application shall be valid for five (5) years.
  1. New passports with appropriate period of validity shall be issued to those applying for the first time and to those applying for replacement or renewal. The damaged, expired or expiring passports shall be presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs for cancellation.
  1. The Department of Foreign Affairs 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.
  1. The Department of Foreign Affairs shall adopt best practices to ensure that the provisions of R.A. No. 10928 are implemented along with necessary reforms to make the passport processing system seamless, convenient and pro-people, and the production and security of passports at par with technological advances and world standards. For these purposes, the Department of Foreign Affairs may, among others, add pages, change materials and enhance security features of the passports. Additional fees will be imposed for the improved passports.
  1. If any part or provision of this Implementing Rules and Regulations is declared unconstitutional or invalid, the other provisions or parts not affected shall remain in full force and effect.
  1. All rules, regulations, and issuances which are inconsistent with this Implementing Rules and Regulations are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
  1. This Implementing Rules and Regulations shall take effect on 1 January 2018.