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Lifetime validity for senior citizen passports.
Senator Lito Lapid wants passports owned by Filipinos aged 60 years and above to have a lifetime validity.
If enacted into law, it will be applicable to both new and renewed passports.
“Through this lifetime validity, our senior citizens are spared from the rigorous process and long lines often associated with passport application and renewal. This is also beneficial to senior citizens who live far away from city centers where Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Consular Offices are usually situated,” Lapid said in the explanatory note of the bill as reflected in an article by Inquirer.
In the same report, Lapid explained that the government shows importance to the elderly as it has a “myriad of laws and policies” directed for their benefit.
“From retirement pensions to free medical assistance to discounts in goods and services to express lanes – the list of benefits afforded to them goes on in on. This is a reflection of the importance and significance we ascribed to our lolos and lolas who have worked for and took care of us during their prime years,” he added.
He further stated that “it was a way of giving back for their innumerable contributions to the family and to the community, as a whole.”