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Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Planning on getting married soon? You do know that a crucial part of the preparation is securing a marriage license in order to make the wedding official and valid. So I’m going to put out a series of areas and the requirements needed in securing a marriage license in these featured areas.


Let’s start with the City of Manila:


(Personal Appearance of the applicant is required)


  1. Applicants between 18-21 years Old

– 1.1 Birth Certificate-  (Born in Manila) Latest Certified Local Copy / (Born outside Manila)  NSO Copy (get one online at / Latest Original Copy of Baptismal (If no record of birth )

– 1.2 Latest Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) (get one online at

– 1.3 Valid ID w/ Address in Manila – Original & Xerox

– 1.4 Parental Consent – Parent (Father, Mother or Guardian in the order mention) to come personally with valid ID (Original & Xerox)

– 1.5 Marriage Counseling   – Manila Health Dept. & MSWD

*Parental consent provided for under Art.14 of the Family Code of the Philippines


  1. Applicants between 21-25 years old

– 2.1 Birth Certificate –  (Born in Manila) Latest Certified Local Copy / (Born outside Manila)  NSO  Copy (get one online at / Latest Original copy of Baptismal (if no record of Birth)

– 2.2 Latest Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) (get one online at

– 2.3 Valid ID w/ Address in Manila –Original & Xerox

– 2.4 Parental Advice  – Both Parents must come personally w/ valid ID (Original & Xerox)

– 2.5 Marriage Counseling – Manila Health Dept. & MSWD

* Parental Advice – If not obtain or unfavorable, Marriage License shall not be issued till after 3 mos. following the completion of the publication of the application.

A sworn statement of the contracting parties must likewise be submitted indicating therein that the parents refuse to give advice.


  1. Applicants above 25 yrs. Old

– 3.1 Birth Certificate –  (Born in Manila) Latest Certified Local Copy / (Born outside Manila) NSO Copy (get one online at / Latest Original Copy of Baptismal (If no record of birth)

– 3.2 Latest Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) (get one online at

– 3.3 Valid ID w/ address in Manila (original & xerox)


  1. Foreigner  or Former Filipino Citizen but is now Naturalized Citizen of other country

– 4.1 Legal Capacity to marry to be issued by their Respective Embassy here in the Phil.

– 4.2 Passport – Original & Xerox

* If one of the applicants is a former Filipino Citizen and a Divorcee or Foreign National formerly married to a Filipino, SUBMIT Judicial Recognition of the absolute decree of divorce obtained abroad of his/her previous marriage.



I hope this helps planning couples who are setting their sights on getting married in the city of Manila. There are a lot of churches and gardens and venues where you can celebrate your big day in the capital city. So plan ahead and plan smart. enjoy your big day.


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

The onset of  RA 10361 or the Kasambahay Law has had many employers thinking about the pertinent points of the new law and the possible effects this would have on the employment of domestic helpers or Kasambahays.

Research, symposiums, meetings, news, and other materials covered the discussion the finer points of the law, and of course, I tried my own research and found this:

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These are just the initial infographic summary of some of the important points. There are a lot of things that still covers the law.

You can view the whole articles of the law in this link.

You can view the full infographic here.

I also found a quick guide on the registration procedures needed for employers and Kasambahays:

Click this link to read the registration guide.

I hope these information helps you understand and better comply with the new requirements of the law.



Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Twitter tayo 🙂

You can post questions there as well.



Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Dahil uso ang checkpoint ngayon at mainit ito sa balita.

Here are some checkpoint facts from the PNP:


The PNP Chief, Police Director General Nicanor A Bartolome reiterated strict compliance on the proper conduct of checkpoints.

In the joint reform initiatives of the Department of Justice, a “no tint” or “clear window” policy among marked police vehicles and similar official vehicles may boost the confidence of the community on authorities. The policy promotes accountability in governance and may also place an inherent check on scalawags.

The use of dark or heavy tints is helpful, and even necessary, in case of surveillance and other similar law enforcement operations. But in some purpose, tints are used for marked vehicles which are readily identifiable and cannot reasonably be used for legitimate covert work. This also provides impunity to persons violating the simplest of laws such as traffic rules and other kinds of illegal acts.

The general public is advised on the rules on military/police checkpoints as follows;

  • Checkpoint must be well-lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed personnel.
  • Upon approach, slowdown, dim headlights and turn on cabin lights. Never step out of the vehicle.
  • Lock all doors. Only visual search is allowed.
  • Do not submit to a physical or body search.
  • You are not obliged to open glove compartment, trunk or bags.
  • Ordinary/Routine questions may be asked. Be courteous but firm with answers.
  • Assert your rights, have presence of mind and do not panic.
  • Keep your driver’s license and car registration handy and within reach.
  • Be ready to use your cellphone at anytime. Speed Dial emergency number.
  • Report violations immediately. Your actions may save others.

This public advisory guides motorists on how to deal with authorities in checkpoints and ensure its implementation on proper searches and seizures to avoid violation of human rights. The advisory also serve as a warning to erring law enforcers and eliminate illegal checkpoints.

“As the promotion of right-based policing becomes a focal point in the agenda of the PNP leadership, the conduct of police or law enforcement must be in compliance with human rights standard” stated General Bartolome.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Was going around the internet when I read something about the E-commerce Law.

Maybe useful info specially in light of the highly publicized Anti-Cybercrime Law.

Read on:


Here are the salient features of Republic Act 8792 :

(source: by Janette Toral

1. It gives legal recognition of electronic data messages, electronic documents, and electronic signatures. (section 6 to 13)

2. Allows the formation of contracts in electronic form. (section 16)

3. Makes banking transactions done through ATM switching networks absolute once consummated. (section 16)

4. Parties are given the right to choose the type and level of security methods that suit their needs. (section 24)

5. Provides the mandate for the electronic implementation of transport documents to facilitate carriage of goods. This includes documents such as, but not limited to, multi-modal, airport, road, rail, inland waterway, courier, post receipts, transport documents issued by freight forwarders, marine/ocean bill of lading, non-negotiable seaway bill, charter party bill of lading. (section 25 and 26)

6. Mandates the government to have the capability to do e-commerce within 2 years or before June 19, 2002. (section 27)

7. Mandates RPWeb to be implemented. RPWeb is a strategy that intends to connect all government offices to the Internet and provide universal access to the general public. The Department of Transportation and Communications, National Telecommunications Commission, and National Computer Center will come up with policies and rules that shall lead to substantial reduction of costs of telecommunication and Internet facilities to ensure the implementation of RPWeb. (section 28)

8. Made cable, broadcast, and wireless physical infrastructure within the activity of telecommunications. (section 28)

9. Empowers the Department of Trade and Industry to supervise the development of e-commerce in the country. It can also come up with policies and regulations, when needed, to facilitate the growth of e-commerce. (section 29)

10. Provided guidelines as to when a service provider can be liable. (section 30)

11. Authorities and parties with the legal right can only gain access to electronic documents, electronic data messages, and electronic signatures. For confidentiality purposes, it shall not share or convey to any other person. (section 31 and 32)

12. Hacking or cracking, refers to unauthorized access including the introduction of computer viruses, is punishable by a fine from 100 thousand to maximum commensurating to the damage. With imprisonment from 6 months to 3 years. (section 33)

13. Piracy through the use of telecommunication networks, such as the Internet, that infringes intellectual property rights is punishable. The penalties are the same as hacking. (section 33)

14. All existing laws such as the Consumer Act of the Philippines also applies to e-commerce transactions. (section 33)

The law states:

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8792 June 14, 2000


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:


Section 1. Short Title – This Act shall be known as the “Electronic Commerce Act of 2000.”

Section 2. Declaration of Policy – The State recognizes the vital role of information and communications technology (ICT) in nation-building; the need to create an information-friendly environment which supports and ensures the availability, diversity and affordability of ICT products and services; the primary responsibility of the private sector in contributing investments and services in telecommunications and information technology; the need to develop, with appropriate training programs and institutional policy changes, human resources for the information technology age, a labor force skilled in the use of ICT and a population capable of operating and utilizing electronic appliances and computers; its obligation to facilitate the transfer and promotion of technology; to ensure network security, connectivity and neutrality of technology for the national benefit; and the need to marshal, organize and deploy national information infrastructures, comprising in both telecommunications network and strategic information services, including their interconnection to the global information networks, with the necessary and appropriate legal, financial, diplomatic and technical framework, systems and facilities.

Read more of the law here:

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

May Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB) na ginawa ang ating pamahalaan kung saan pwede tayong magsumbong ng reklamo natin sa serbisyo lalo na kung connected ito sa Anti-Red Tape Law or RA 9485 of 2007.

Below are some details regarding the CCB.

The Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB) is conceived to be the Philippine Government’s main helpdesk where citizens, civil society organizations, and other entities can voice their complaints and concerns with government agencies and gain access to information.

The CCB is a voice-based contact service that will operate Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Additional contact channels, such as email and SMS Text will be implemented in the near future.

The CCB will have a special 1-6565 hotline number accessible to PLDT and Digitel Landlines nationwide. Callers will be charged P5.00 per call plus VAT. Callers will also have access to recorded Information-on-Demand from participating government agencies. The system will have a transfer feature that can route calls to a live agent if necessary. These agents will also have call transfer capability that will allow calls to be routed to specialist agents at the Civil Service Commission, the National Computer Center, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, PhilHealth, the Department of Health, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

The CCB will also have the website that will support the main operations of the CCB by providing static information about the CCB member government agencies. The information will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that information is always current.

The Contact Center ng Bayan is present to provide an avenue for the public to air out concerns on the quality of frontline service delivery by government personnel and any other violations of the Republic Act No. 9845 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (ARTA) for resolution, insighting, and process  improvement.

It is also able to provide information about government agency policies and procedures initially focused on the Civil Service Commission, the National Computer Center, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, PhilHealth, the Department of Health, and the Department of Trade and Industry, who are all part of the CCB.

Tawag na kung may concern ka 🙂


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Mag ingat sa fixers at sa mga manloloko.

Nakita mo na ba ang balitang ito?

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday exposed another e-mail scam targeting Filipino nurses and other medical practitioners for supposed employment in a hospital in Australia.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the POEA received another recruitment e-mail, supposedly coming from Sydney Adventist Hospital, this time charging a fee of PhP3,750.00 for a two-day “British English” training.

This is similar to the one allegedly sent by Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Canada which offers “Visa Interview Coaching” for a fee of Php 3,888.00.

Karen Franchiti, human resource specialist of the real Stevenson Memorial Hospital wrote the POEA denying having any business relation with “Stevenson Consultancy” which is supposed to conduct the training in the Philippines.

Cacdac said the promises are similar: no placement fee, no processing fee, no salary deduction, no show money, no experience required, free accommodation and food allowance.

“This is a simple cut and paste job and is probably sent by the same group of swindlers which uses legitimate companies to lure victims”, Cacdac added.

Sydney Adventist Hospital, located in New South Wales, Australia, was informed of the scam and has since denied having a part of it.

An alert in Sydney Adventist Hospital’s website said it has not issued advertisements, emails and other notices encouraging nursing staff in the Philippines to submit applications for training for employment.

“The information about Sydney Adventist Hospital recruitment is not accurate and we have not organized training courses and hospital representatives will not be in the Philippines on July 21 and 22nd to employ people,” the hospital said in its warning.

Cacdac said nurses from Philippines and other countries wishing to apply for employment as a nurse in Australia must be registered first with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA

“The training program referred to as the Sydney Adventist British English Training is not associated with Sydney Adventist Hospital. These notices have been issued without our knowledge or approval. Relevant authorities have been advised that these notices are inaccurate and are investigating who has issued them. Please do not pay any fees for the advertised training in the hope of gaining employment here,” the alert said.

Job applicants who have received such recruitment e-mails should forward the same to for investigation by the POEA, Cacdac said.


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

It seems like the illegal thing was over exaggerated naman ata.

If the process is within the law and the right and proper procedures are met, then by all means, let us support our seafarers who are also bayaning OFWs.

You be the judge of this issue:

A nongovernmental organization managing a seafarers’ center in Manila maintained Friday that the office has not been involved in illegal recruitment, saying its primary activity has been informing seafarers about jobs overseas.

As proof, the Luneta Seafarers Welfare Foundation (Luswelf) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) could check out the Luneta Seafarers’ Center along T.M. Kalaw Street for themselves to find out if there was anything questionable in the operations of the facility.

“Since the POEA temporarily suspended its memorandum of agreement with Luswelf in May 2009 and stopped issuing a special recruitment authority to manning agencies in the area, we have abided by its decision,” Luswelf administrator Anfred Yulo said in a statement.

“We have regulated manning activities in the area and prevented them from going beyond information dissemination, advertising and the promotion of seafarer job vacancies in their respective companies,” he added.

Yulo said the center mainly serves as a meeting place for seafarers and local manpower agency representatives.
“The formal recruitment process happens at their respective offices, from the time a seafarer fills up an application form to formally signing a shipboard contract with them.” Yulo said.

The Luswelf official added that the installation of closed circuit television cameras had effectively monitored and regulated the activities of manning agencies which maintained booths at the center.

“As an advocate of seafarer welfare, the Luswelf has never allowed and will never allow illegal recruitment activities at the Luneta Seafarers’ Center. In fact, we forbid manning agencies to post their salary rates at the center to level the playing field,” Yulo said.

The center has been a convergence point for seafarers since the ’80s and a venue for manning agencies to showcase their companies to job applicants.

“Luswelf has never been and shall never be in the business of recruitment. We welcome the POEA to the center so the agency can regulate and monitor for itself the activities of manning agencies in the area,” Yulo said.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


It’s our Independence Day today. Hope everyone is in good spirits as we push forward towards the future as a nation.

Now is the day to stir that patriotic blood flowing in your veins. Use that fire as we look towards the upcoming election.





Incidentally, it is also National ICT Month. Time to move towards the future, to a digitally empowered nation.






Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Good news for Seafarers. Read the news article below.


Seafarers will no longer have to present their overseas employment certificate (OEC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for validation after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a memorandum exempting them from this procedure.

Citing a one-page Memorandum Circular No. 1, POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said in a statement that the measure, which took effect last week, aims to decongest the long lines of OFWs, who are having their OECs validated at their Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in NAIA.

“This will declog the overflow of OFWs queuing at the Labor Assistance Center for the validation of their travel exit documents, departing seafarers, which comprise minority of worker deployment,” Cacdac said.

Historically, seamen compose only about 20 percent of the country’s total deployment.

Instead, he said manning agencies will now be required to submit the clear copies of the e-receipts or OECs of the seafarers not later than 10 a.m. at the POEA’s Seabased Center at the POEA head office in Mandaluyong City after their departure from the airport. “We urge manning agencies to strictly comply with the requirement for the convenience of their seafarers as the process will allow additionally quality time to bond with their families, instead of queuing at the airport for the validation of their travel documents.” –


Hope this helps declog and create an atmosphere of appreciation for every Pinoy doing their part for the country.





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