Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday allayed fears expressed by OFWs and frequent fliers that the new passports with 10-year validity will cost more.
"We're not charging extra for the 10-year passport," Cayetano said at the launching of the new passport. "Pareho din ang presyo sa five-year passport. But it also has the same number of pages."
Regular passports cost P950 and are processed for 15 business days within Metro Manila, 20 business days outside Metro Manila, and 28 to 60 business days through foreign service posts.
Expedited processing costs P1,200 and will take seven business days to process for consular offices within Metro Manila and 10 business days outside of Metro Manila.
Applications for lost valid passports will take an additional 15 business days clearing period, and will cost P350 if filed in the Philippines.
OFWs, regardless of whether they are new or veterans, may use the courtesy or express lane at every consular offices. Their applications will be treated as expedited applications and entails the expedited fee of P1,200.
Cayetano said they will establish a call center in the near future for passport concerns, including the resolution of cases where qualified applicants are barred from using the express lane.
Applicants who are also eligible to use the lane are as follows:
Senior citizens with one travel companion;
Minors aged 7 and below accompanied by their parents and minor siblings;
People with disabilities with PWD ID or visible disability plus one travel companion
Single parents (with Solo Parent ID) and their minor children;
Visibly pregnant women or with medical certificates
OFW with sufficient proof of status such as iDOLE Card, valid employment contract, and/or work visa.
Senior citizens may choose the regular process priced at P950.
Source : GMA
Source : GMA
No extra charge for passports with 10-year validity — Alan Cayetano
4/ 5Oleh BNP Correspondent