In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10928 which officially extended the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years.
However, this 10-year validity period only applies to Philippine passports issued to those 18 years old and above who are applying either to get passports for the first time or to replace/renew their old Philippine passports.
Regular passports issued to minors who are 18 years old at the time of application will remain valid for only 5 years.
Although there’s no explanation given, we can only surmise that it has something to do with how drastic a minor’s physical appearance changes in the span of a decade.
By contrast, the passport holder’s picture seems to remain relatively more recognizable throughout the 5-year validity period.
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