SENATOR Ralph Recto described as “anti red tape” measures the 2 payments extending the interval of validity of a passport to 10 years and a driver’s license to 5 years.
But Recto hoped that the federal government businesses wouldn’t use the prolonged life of passports and licenses to extend their charges.
“These are anti-red tape measures that hopefully would cut the queues and the time in applying for what are essential documents used by millions,” he mentioned.
The mentioned extending the authorized life of a passport and a license is a “commonsensical solution” to the inconveniences skilled by the general public within the course of buying them.
“The benefit of having a five-year driver’s license is sadly diluted by the continuing non-availability of the license cards. We hope this will lead to the wiping out of the backlog in delivery,” Recto mentioned.
“Another important reminder is that the longer validity of these documents should not prompt an increase in their price tags,” the Senate President Pro-Tempore mentioned.
Recto mentioned the established rule in setting charges for government-issued paperwork is that no matter charges imposed ought to merely get better the fee in processing and producing them.
“In short, fees to be retained by the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and the LTO (Land Transportation Office) must be just enough to recoup expenses in rendering this public service, and not to profit from it,” he added.