Owing to a number of circumstances (the chief ones being that I hate long lines and filling out long forms by hand), all of my official government IDs are expired.
If it weren’t for a work related trip to Tokyo coming up soon, I wouldn’t have even bothered to start looking into getting my passport renewed.
Thing with getting my passport renewed is that it expired in 2003 and to get a new one, even with all the improvements in the Philippine Passport system, still involves presenting at least two official government issued IDs.
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It is silly that a nobody like me has to be so thoroughly documented! Haha! (Which reminds me that the fuss and mess of having to have several government issued IDs makes for a good argument to finally implement a unified ID system. Of course my leftist friends will oppose it for reasons which I can’t recall at the moment.)
Anyway, I’m well on my way to securing the required government issued IDs which will enable me to secure my passport renewal.
Good time as any, I guess, because it was around the beginning of January this year that news got out that the schedule for passport appointments were fully booked till March.
There was a bit of a furor over this and DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano acted quickly, opening 100,000 more slots.
His quick action on opening up more passport appointment slots seems to have been preceded by a jump in passport production.
In 2016, average monthly production of Philippine Passports was at 259,176 and in 2017, with Cayetano at the helm of DFA, passport production rose to 309,410.
Annual passport production rose from 3,110,114 in 2016 to 3,712,920 in 2017 representing an increase of 19.38%.
While we can’t as of yet have a unified national ID system, it is quite a relief that the Philippine passports being issued this year will be valid to 10 years instead of 5!