Philippine Passport History

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I. REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8239 – “PHILIPPINE PASSPORT ACT OF 1996” This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1683 and House Bill No. 6851, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on November 21, 1996, approved by the President Fidel V. Ramos. (Philippine Passport Act of 1996) Under Republic Act No. 8239, also known as the “Philippine Passport Act of 1996,” states: “The people 's constitutional right to travel is inviolable. Accordingly, the government has the duty to issue passport or any travel document to any citizen of the Philippines or individual who complies with the requirement of this Act. The right to travel may be impaired only when national security, public safety, or public health requires. To enhance and protect the unimpaired exercise of this right, only minimum requirements for the application and issuance of passports and other travel documents shall be prescribed. Action on such application and the issuance shall be expedited” With that being stated, the following justifies the need to extend every travelers understanding with regards to their travel documents and prepare their selves with the responsibilities it may provide. (RA 8239 Sec 2) The Philippine Passport Act of 1996 under section 3 defines the following, as used in the act: • “Passport means…show more content…
The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of

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