House OKs bicam report on 10-year passport validity extension

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2017 11:19 PM

The House of Representatives has approved the bicameral conference committee report on the bill extending the validity of Philippine passports from the current 5 to 10 years.

Extending passport validity is in keeping one of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promises to cut red tape in the bureaucracy.

The bicameral committee report reconciling the disagreeing provisions of the bills of the Senate and the Lower House was approved by the House during the plenary session on Tuesday.

Once ratified by both Houses of Congress, the consolidated bill will be submitted for Duterte's signature.

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading its versions of the bill.

It was approved with 18 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and zero abstention.