THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will not be able to issue new passports to applicants because of a huge backlog.
Instead, the DFA will extend the validity of passports for one to two years free of charge.
In a statement, the department said Filipinos here and abroad can apply for the extension of the validity of their current passports once they apply for a renewal of their passports.
The application for an extension will be processed and approved within the same day, the DFA said.
“Passport extensions for all shall be available only until the end of this year,” it added.
The announcement came on the heels of the DFA’s admission that the backlog reached 100,000 at some point. However, the department said the number is down to 42,000 because a new facility in Lima, Batangas can churn out about 6,000 to 7,000 passports a day.
These are on top of the 10,000 to 11,000 being produced by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the DFA’s official partner for its electronic passport (ePassport) project.