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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Will a person be imprisoned for non-payment of debt?





"Utang" has become a part of tradition or part of the life of many Filipinos. Sometimes because of unpaid debts, many friendship has broken and many families argue for a decade. There are neighbors too that become cold to each other because of "utang". Worse than this, there are people who threatened to file a case because of their failure to pay.  Have you experienced being threatened like this and afraid that you might go to jail because of your unpaid debts?  But if you read the Philippine Constitution, the basic principle is no one can be imprisoned simply because of debt.




(Watch:Bisig ng Batas: May nakukulong ba dahil sa hindi pagbayad sa mga utang?)

"Utang" has become a part of tradition or part of the life of many Filipinos. Sometimes because of unpaid debts, many friendship has broken and many families argue for a decade. There are neighbors too that become cold to each other because of "utang". Worse than this, there are people who threatened to file a case because of their failure to pay.

Have you experienced being threatened like this and afraid that you might go to jail because of your unpaid debts?

But if you read the Philippine Constitution, the basic principle is no one can be imprisoned simply because of debt.



(Watch:Walang nakukulong sa utang)

It stated in the Bill of Rights or Article III Section 20 of the 1987 Constitution that says "No person shall be imprisoned for debt or non-payment of a poll tax."


The logical basis of this or the rationale for this prohibition is explained in the case of Lozano vs. Martinez, (the following paragraph is taken from (Jlp-law, com)


(Watch:Bisig ng Batas: Makukulong ba ang isang tao kung hindi nakabayad sa utang?)

. . . Viewed in its historical context, the constitutional prohibition against imprisonment for debt is a safeguard that evolved gradually during the early part of the nineteenth century in the various states of the American Union as a result of the people’s revulsion at the cruel and inhumane practice, sanctioned by common law, which permitted creditors to cause the incarceration of debtors who could not pay their debts. At common law, money judgments arising from actions for the recovery of a debt or for damages from breach of a contract could be enforced against the person or body of the debtor by writ of capias ad zatis faciendum. By means of this writ, a debtor could be seized and imprisoned at the instance of the creditor until he makes the satisfaction awarded. As a consequence of the popular groundswell against such a barbarous practice, provisions forbidding imprisonment for debt came to be generally enshrined in the constitutions of various states of the Union.

This humanitarian provision was transported to our shores by the Americans at the turn of the century and embodied in our organic laws. Later, our fundamental law outlawed not the only imprisonment for debt but also the infamous practice, native to our shore, of throwing people in jail for non-payment of the cedula or poll tax.


(Watch: Paano Makabayad Sa Pagkaka-Utang | How To Pay Off Debt)



BOUNCING CHECKS. Certain laws, including Bouncing Checks Law (BP 22), have been questioned as a violation of this right. However, it’s not the non-payment of an obligation which this law punishes. The law isn’t designed to coerce a debtor to pay his debt. The thrust of the law is to prohibit, under pain of penal sanctions, the making of worthless checks and putting them in circulation. (Lozano vs. Martinez)

TRUST RECEIPTS.  The same argument was raised against the Trust Receipts Law (PD 115), which is a declaration by the legislative authority that, as a matter of public policy, the failure of a person to turn over the proceeds of the sale of goods covered by a trust receipt or to return said goods if not sold is a public nuisance to be abated by the imposition of penal sanctions. It punishes the dishonesty and abuse of confidence in the handling of money or goods to the prejudice of another. The law does not seek to enforce payment of a loan. (Tiomico vs. CA)

CREDIT CARDS. Under the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 (RA. 8484), anyone who obtains “money or anything of value through the use of an access device, with intent to defraud or with intent to gain and fleeing thereafter” is criminally liable, punishable with a fine and imprisonment. That law also provides that a cardholder who abandons or surreptitiously leaves the place of employment, business or residence stated in his application or credit card, without informing the credit card company of the place where he could actually be found, if at the time of such abandonment or surreptitious leaving, the outstanding and unpaid balance is past due for at least 90 days and is more than P10,000.00, shall be prima facie presumed to have used his credit card with intent to defraud.”



So it is clear that no one could be compelled to pay a debt under pain of criminal sanctions and no one could also substitute they payment of debt through imprisonment or other criminal penalties.

Note: Estafa and Subsidiary imprisonment are different matter.


This article is filed under: Philippine Law, Debt, Non Payment of Debt, Debt Law

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Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Top 10 IDEAS for OFWs to Invest



Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com

Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?"
Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.." 
Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad.
An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources. 

Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:

1. Put up a travel agency.
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com
2. Recruitment Agency business.
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com
3. Buy and sell.
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com


4. Online selling or online store
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com

5. Invest in Stock Market
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com

6. Variety store business
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com
7. Food Cart business
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com
8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com

9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com
10. Investing in Real Estate
Before an OFW can return to the Philippines for good, a lot of considerations should be made, one of which is that "If I decided to go home for good, will I be able to sustain my family's financial needs?" Financial stability is one of the reason why the OFWs  decided to work abroad. You will often hear most of the OFWs say: "A few more years and I will stop working abroad to be able to be with my beloved family.."  Yes, easier said than done. But it can be made possible by proper planning. What you need to do is to think of an investment, a business for example, that you can start to sustain your family that does not require you to work abroad. An ex-OFW who is now a successful businessman in a field he has chosen after working abroad once said that you need to plan for your return for good to the Philippines even before you can actually work abroad. Set your plans and stick to it. Choose a profitable business that suits your talent and resources.   Here are the 10 Investment suggestions for OFWs who wants to go back home for good:  1. Put up a travel agency.  2. Recruitment Agency business.  3. Buy and sell.   4. Online selling or online store   5. Invest in Stock Market   6. Variety store business  7. Food Cart business  8. Venture in Restaurant Franchising   9. Bank Mutual Funds Investing  10. Investing in Real Estate    Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do. Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind.        75 Sites Closed Down by Saudi Authorities For Selling Fake Goods  The Ministry of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia closed more than 75 social media accounts for posting thousands of ads for fake goods in various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.According to the ministry, they took a step to protect  about 1.5 million followers falling victim to these bogus promo items.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com

 Consider these suggestions and carefully weigh things for the business investment you are planning to do.
Early planning will allow you to properly invest your hard-earned money into a profitable income generator that will allow you earn without leaving your family behind. 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

List of Hospitals that Give Free Medicines Under Pres. Duterte's Lingap Program

Remember President Duterte's promise to give free medicine to poor families? It is now implemented nationwide.

Non-other Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo confirmed the good news.

Poor families around the country may now avail themselves of free medicines from six government hospital under Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa (Lingap) program.
List of hospitals that give free medicines under Pres. Duterte's Lingap Program



(Watch:DSWD: Kailangan magpakita ng guarantee letter para makakuha ng libreng gamot sa mga ospital)



This is a replication of Duterte's program when he was a mayor of Davao City.



Here are the six hospitals that are offering free medicines for the indigents
  • University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila
  • Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga
  • Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City
  • Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City
  • Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City
  • Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City

The program has been given P1 billion from the President's Social Fund.In line with this, Taguiwalo said, Malacanang will increase the budget for the program by P500 million.



How to avail the free medicine?

If you are indigent who are either confined or receiving in or out-patient treatment from the selected hospitals, you are qualified as beneficiaries.

(Philippine General Hospital-Manila)
However, the government gives priority to the following cases:

  • Families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable, or disadvantaged
  • Those in the informal sector and poorly based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development's "Listahanan"
  • Those who are in crisis situations based on the assessment of social workers
  • Government employees and contract service workers working in the government
  • Beneficiaries of soldiers and police who were killed or wounded in the line of duty
You only need to present the following documents:
  • Valid ID (Patient's representatives should also have a valid ID and an authorization letter signed by the patient applying for the benefit) Doctor's prescription issued within the last 3 months (The prescription should contain the license number and contact details of the attending physician) 
  • Proof of indigencies, such as a barangay certificate or a certification from the medical social service 
  • As of March 22, there are 948 indigent Filipinos who already availed this benefit.
This article is filed under: PUBLIC HOSPITALS, list of hospitals, FREE MEDICINE, Free Medicines, free medical assistance, P1 billion free medicines, health, article about health, 
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Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Avail Duterte's Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Loan Program?






(Watch: Failon Ngayon: P3 as an alternative credit system to 5-6)
"Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or P3 Program is already rolling out to provide an affordable loan to small and medium enterprises requiring borrowers to submit fewer documentary requirements for easier access to financing.

This is a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to replace the “5-6” money lending system and eventually kill the "loan sharks" or lending agencies under a 5-6 scheme.



The government has allocated P1 billion for the program, a part of P19 billion financing initiative for micro and small businesses in the next five years.

(Watch: Government offers safer and low interest alternative for 5-6 lending scheme)


Sino ang mamamahala sa P3 program?
Inatasan ng DTI ang Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) na mamahala sa P3 Program. Maaring tawagan ang SB. Corp sa numerong (02) 751-1888 local 1742 at hanapin si Ginang Lyn Orsos.



Para sa karagdagang impormasyon pwedeng tumawag sa DTI Direct (+632) 751.3330 o pumunta sa pinakamalapit na opisina ng DTI.

The program is already started in Mindoro, Sarangani, and Leyte, among the top 30 poorest provinces in the country, to represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Priority Beneficiaries


  • Microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have easy access to credit, or are accessing credit at very high cost
  • Mirco-entrepreneurs
  • Market vendors
  • Agri-businessmen
  • Members of Cooperative
  • Industry Association
  • Co-operators
Loanable Amount

P5,000 for start-ups to P300,000 with maximum interest rate of 26% per anum with no collateral requirements. This is lower than the 20 percent per day or weekly from 5-6 lenders or the so-called ‘Bumbay.’


The loan will be payable up to 90 days and it will depend upon your loanable amount and products.

Requirements

  • Two (2) government issued IDs (Bring the original and photocopy)
  • Business name registration
  • Market clearance
  • Mayor's permit

How to Apply?


  • With your complete requirements, visit the nearest Negosyo Center in your area and ask for an application form in the P3 program.
  • Fill-up the application and submit your documentary requirements in the staff.
  • The Small Business Corporation (SB) as an attached agency of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) or through its accredited microfinance institutions or cooperatives may conduct customer intelligence (CI) or background investigation on your application to know your capacity to pay for your loan.
  • Ideally, your loan will be released upon compliance with your documents.
In the absence of SB Corporation Branches in your area, you may also apply for the P3 program from accredited microfinance institutions or cooperatives.

Remember, the application for the P3 program is free and do not entertain individuals or groups who are recruiting and asking accreditation fees in exchange for the arrangement of immediate release of loans.

To know if you are transacting with accredited institutions contact SB Corporation in your area or the nearest Negosyo Center. Beware of scammers!


This article is filed under: P3, Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso, P3 Loan Program

"Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or P3 Program is already rolling out to provide an affordable loan to small and medium enterprises requiring borrowers to submit fewer documentary requirements for easier access to financing.  This is a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to replace the “5-6” money lending system and eventually kill the "loan sharks" or lending agencies under a 5-6 scheme.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

How To Renew Your Passport and What are the Requirements You Need



Want to renew your Philippine passport? Here are the procedures and the requirements that you need to make ready. 

PASSPORT RENEWAL

1. Personal appearance

2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.

Passport Appointment System


PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.

IMPORTANT

It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released.
Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs.
Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad.

Attention!

This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches).

Warning!

Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment.

What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling

  1. A working computer with internet access.
  2. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended)
  3. A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments.
  4. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper.

Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:

PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.About This Service
The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession.
Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records.

Passport Production and Release

The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines.
All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics.
Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.

3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here

PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.
PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.



4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):

• Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
• Digitized SSS ID

• Driver’s License
• GSIS E-card
• PRC ID

• IBP ID

• OWWA ID

• Digitized BIR ID

• Senior Citizen’s ID

• Unified Multi-Purpose ID

• Voter’s ID

• Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
• Old College ID

• Alumni ID
• Old Employment IDs 
• Improved/Premium Postal ID

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following):
• PSA Marriage Contract

• Land Title
• Seaman’s Book
• Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record

• NBI Clearance

• Police Clearance

• Barangay Clearance

• Digitized Postal ID

• Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form 

• Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt)

• School Yearbook

PASSPORT FEES

PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.
Express processing payment is P1200 for 10 working days.
Normal processing fee is P950 for 20 working days at the MANILA and POEA branches.
Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.

PASSPORT RENEWAL 1. Personal appearance  2. Confirmed appointment. Schedule your appointment here.  Passport Appointment System   IMPORTANT  It is advisable NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until your passports are actually in your possession. The Department of Foreign Affairs will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/or personal losses arising from the applicant's travel arrangements made while the passport has not been released. Welcome to the Online Passport Application and Appointment System of the DFA Office of Consular Affairs. Enjoy the convenience of prioritized application processing by booking a slot for your passport application in any of the DFA's participating Regional Consular Offices, Satellite Offices, or Philippine Embassy/Consulate abroad. Attention!  This new online-appointment system is currently being offered only for applications intended for selected Regional Consular Offices in the Philippines, DFA Manila (Aseana) and Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Novaliches). Warning!  Please be advised that only Gmail or Yahoo! accounts are able to receive email confirmation at the moment. What You Will Need For Online Application Filing and Scheduling  A working computer with internet access. A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended) A valid and working email address to receive system-generated messages with file attachments. A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated the application form in A4-size paper. Application is easy! Just follow the simple steps below:  About This Service The use of this online passport application system with scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Philippine citizens residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession. Applications for replacement of a lost passport, passports with mutilation (defaced, torn pages, and other physical alterations, etc.), and passports issued with discrepancies in the personal details of the holder and other similar cases are categorized as irregular applications requiring special assessment and evaluation. These kinds of applications can be accommodated but will take considerable time to process as careful evaluation and determination of the applicant's current citizenship, identity and personal particulars will have to be undertaken with reference to existing government records. Passport Production and Release  The various regional consular offices, satellite offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, including consulates and embassies abroad function only as biometric data capturing sites for passport applications. The production and printing of all Philippine passports is done in the Philippines. All applications are subjected to records confirmation and biometric data verification to preserve the integrity of the Philippine passport and protect the citizen from fraud and identity theft. For domestic applications which pass the requisite records check and biometric verification, passports should be ready for release after twenty (20) work days from the date of payment. For applications lodged abroad and cleared by the system, kindly allow for at least thirty (30) work days for passport production and release on account of international shipping and transportation logistics. Please understand that force majeure, transport strikes, and similar unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may cause delays in the normal cycle of delivery and production.  3. Duly accomplished application form. Download your application form here     4. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. Check the list here .  LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ID'S LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (AT LEAST 1 OF THE FOLLOWING):  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: • Digitized SSS ID  • Driver’s License • GSIS E-card • PRC ID • IBP ID • OWWA ID • Digitized BIR ID • Senior Citizen’s ID • Unified Multi-Purpose ID • Voter’s ID • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following: • Old College ID  • Alumni ID • Old Employment IDs  • Improved/Premium Postal ID LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following): • PSA Marriage Contract  • Land Title • Seaman’s Book • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal • Government Service Record • NBI Clearance • Police Clearance • Barangay Clearance • Digitized Postal ID • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt) • School Yearbook  PASSPORT FEES   Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.    SOURCE:DFA SEE ALSO: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME  Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days.  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD?  "All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards. The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION 10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS  House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker. Why OFWs Remain in Neck-deep Debts After Years Of Working Abroad? From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed.  To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.  From application until they can actually leave the country, they spend big sum of money for it.  But after they were being able to finally work abroad, the story did not just end there. More often than not, the big sum of cash  they used to pay the recruitment agency fees cause them to suffer from indebtedness.  They were being charged and burdened with too much fees, which are not even compliant with the law. Because of their eagerness to work overseas, they immerse themselves to high interest loans for the sake of working abroad. The recruitment agencies play a big role why the OFWs are suffering from neck-deep debts. Even some licensed agencies, they freely exploit the vulnerability of the OFWs. Due to their greed to collect more cash from every OFWs that they deploy, it results to making the life of OFWs more miserable by burying them in debts.  The result of high fees collected by the agencies can even last even the OFWs have been deployed abroad. Some employers deduct it to their salaries for a number of months, leaving the OFWs broke when their much awaited salary comes.  But it doesn't end there. Some of these agencies conspire with their counterpart agencies to urge the foreign employers to cut the salary of the poor OFWs in their favor. That is of course, beyond the expectation of the OFWs.   Even before they leave, the promised salary is already computed and allocated. They have already planned how much they are going to send to their family back home. If the employer would cut the amount of the salary they are expecting to receive, the planned remittance will surely suffer, it includes the loans that they promised to be paid immediately on time when they finally work abroad.  There is such a situation that their family in the Philippines carry the burden of paying for these loans made by the OFW. For example. An OFW father that has found a mistress, which is a fellow OFW, who turned his back  to his family  and to his obligations to pay his loans made for the recruitment fees. The result, the poor family back home, aside from not receiving any remittance, they will be the ones who are obliged to pay the loans made by the OFW, adding weight to the emotional burden they already had aside from their daily needs.      Read: Common Money Mistakes Why Ofws remain Broke After Years Of Working Abroad   Source: Bandera/inquirer.net NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS  From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.
SOURCE:DFA

This article is filed under: Philippine Law, Passport Renewal, Passport Requirements

SEE ALSO:
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor
PASSPORT PROCESSING FOR OFWS: 30 MINUTES, RELEASING SHORTER TIME 
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announces the printing of new passports starting August 15. The new passports have an improved design that features the regions of the country and an upgraded microchip security feature to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light. The APO Production Unit is tasked to produce the Philippine passports, and is a government owned and controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Office.The new passport that contains "intaglio printing" most commonly used in printing money or currency so it will not be faked and the "printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle” can now be claimed by applicants for only 5 days. 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Personal appearance 2. Confirmed appointment 3. Passport Fee 4. Duly accomplished application form. 5. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. • When entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA 6. Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS The following are required for first-time passport applications: 1. Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below) 2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant 3. Personal appearance of either parent 4. Passports of parents 5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA Alternatives: • If BC is not yet available: Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. • If entries are blurred/unreadable: Transcribed Birth Certificate from the • If born abroad: Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad 6. Document of identity with photo: • Options: School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal • For minor applicants who never attended school: Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school 7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA 8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person travelling with the minor

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILIPPINES PASSPORT AND ONE OF THE SAFEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD? 
"All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards.
The proposed 10 years validity of passport is now approved on the 3rd and final reading by the House of Representatives and is now a law with vote result of 216 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstained.    House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.  Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.  It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.  The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.  One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.  The  extension of passport validity from 5 years to 10 years is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the OFWs to lessen their burden of standing in long queues just for applying and renewing of their passports.  Source: GMA News  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC  "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES CONGRESS OKS PASSPORT VALIDITY EXTENSION

10 YEARS PASSPORT VALIDITY NOW APPROVED IN CONGRESS 
House Bill No. 4767, is a measure seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant.Under the bill, the validity will be extended to 10 years for adults, or those 18 years old and above.It states, however, that the issuing authority "may limit" the period of validity to less than 10 years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary.The bill will be transmitted to Senate for concurrence.One of the principal authors of the new passport bill  is former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now sits as a deputy speaker.



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