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June 19 (1)

It is that time of the year when dengue mosquitoes seem to be more active in hunting their prey.  Young and old alike can fall victim to these pesky insects that carry the deadly dengue virus.  It is no secret why emergency rooms are never without a patient exhibiting the early signs of dengue fever.

Does PhilHealth cover dengue fever cases?

Yes.  That is why it is important that you keep your PhilHealth account updated because you never know when serious illnesses might attack.

PhilHealth’s coverage for dengue fever is based on the severity of the patient’s case.  There are simple cases of dengue and there are those that are listed as severe.  PhilHealth coverage will always be based on the attending physician’s final diagnosis.  Below is the list of case rates for dengue fever:

DESCRIPTION

CASE RATE PROFESSIONAL FEE

HEALTH CARE INSTITUTION FEE

Dengue without warning signs: Dengue fever (DF) Dengue hemorrhagic fever Grades 1 and 2; Dengue hemorrhagic fever without warning signs. 10,000.00 3,000.00 7,000.00
Dengue with warning signs; Dengue hemorrhagic fever with warning signs. 10,000.00 3,000.00 7,000.00
Severe Dengue; Severe Dengue Fever; Severe Dengue hemorrhagic fever. 16,000.00 4,800.00 11,200.00

To avoid inconvenience and delays in your claims, make sure that your PhilHealth contributions are updated every month.  You never know when diseases may strike and your only assurance of financial assistance during times of emergency is a flawless record with PhilHealth.

Keep your homes and yards dengue-free and make sure that your children are protected against mosquito bites while they are in school or at play.

If you have questions about PhilHealth, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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June 14

My brother’s SSS account has been in question for quite a few years now due to a salary loan that has remained unpaid since 2009.  I told him about the ongoing loan restructuring program being offered by the SSS and advised him to take some time off from work so he can visit an SSS office and have his loan reviewed.  Problem is, he works for an international firm that requires him to travel out of the city, and sometimes out of the country, most of the time.  On the days that he is in Manila, he spends most of his time in the office catching up on his reports and other paper works.  Next week, he is scheduled to travel to Beijing and will not be back until September.

So how does one take advantage of the SSS Loan Restructuring Program if he is almost always out of the country, works abroad, or for some reason, is not able to physically visit an SSS office?

Good thing the SSS now accepts Letter of Authority from the applicant so he or she can simply send someone else to file his application through a representative.  All he has to do is send an email to the SSS informing the department that he intends to have his loans reviewed through a representative.

How does this work?  Read this!

Requirements for the Authorized Representative:

  1. Email request of the member-borrower.
  2. Scanned copy of the Letter of Authority.
  3. Scanned copy of two valid identifications cards of the member-borrower.
  4. Photocopies of two valid IDs of the authorized representative.
  5. Printed email showing both email addresses of the member-borrower and of the authorized representative.

Authorized representatives may also do the following in behalf of the member-borrower:

  1. Accomplish the LRP application form.
  2. Sign in “Conforme” portion of the Statement of Loan Balances for LRP and Disclosure Statement.
  3. Sign the promissory note.
  4. Receive the Notice of Approval.
  5. Pay the restructured loan based on the agreed term.

How about OFW members who also wish to avail of the SSS Loan Restructuring Program?

OFW members may personally file their applications at any SSS office in the country (if they are home) or have their spouse or relative file this for them.  If he or she is going to send a representative to do this for him, he needs to execute a Special Power of Attorney or SPA.

  1. The representative must bring two valid IDs, with one or both showing the representative’s signature and photo.
  2. Fill-out the Loan Restructuring Application form (MLP-01263) with black ink (only).
  3. Secure a copy of the Statement of Loan Balance for Loan Restructuring Program; you can get this at the nearest SSS branch in your area.
  4. Accomplish an Affidavit of Residency that will prove that you live or work in an area that is declared to have been under a state of calamity. Have the affidavit notarized. This is no longer required for members who already have a Calamity Loan or Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP).
  5. Submit all duly accomplished application forms and other requirements at the nearest SSS office or Foreign Office (if OFW is filing abroad).

The SSS has made the Loan Restructuring Program more accessible to everyone, so make sure to grab this opportunity to straighten out your loan accounts with the department.  This will help secure your future claims from the SSS, including and most especially, your pension.

Have a great day!

 

Reference: www.sss.gov.ph

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June 11

Getting a ticket for a traffic or vehicle regulation violation means you will not only have to stop and spend a good 15 to 20 minutes negotiating with a traffic enforcer but also that you will have to pay the prescribed fee for the violation you committed.  It is both a pain in your schedule and your pocket that is why most drivers do everything in their capacity to avoid (or sometimes, evade!) these violations.

Among these violations are driving without a valid license which will cost you Php 3,000, reckless driving at Php 2,000 for the first offense, and parking violations that start at Php 1,000 for the first offense.

Today we will feature the violations that have stiffer penalties (translation: they cost a fortune!); these fines are so dear that the average Pinoy driver’s only means to pay for it is by completely avoiding the violation altogether.

  1. Driving a right-hand drive vehicle – Php 50,000

So your car was imported from Europe… big deal.

You should not be driving a right-handed vehicle in the Philippines unless you have Php 50,000 to spare for LTO.  This violation was only recently added to the list when car smuggling became a rampant case n the 2010s.  Also, driving a right-hand vehicle in the Philippines could pose more risk to drivers and pedestrians.

Should you insist in driving your RHD car in main thoroughfares (and you get caught!), your precious car will be impounded until you are able to have it corrected (translation: made into a left-hand drive vehicle).

  1. Driving a vehicle that has defective devices or is installed with improper or unauthorized accessories – Php 5,000

That’s not a collective amount, mind you.  You will be fined Php 5,000 for EVERY violation found in your car.  Example: your signal lights are not working, that’s Php 5,000; you have a carrier on the roof of your car that does not meet the standards of the LTO, that’s another Php 5,000.

  1. Passengers not wearing seatbelts – Php 1,000 (private cars), Php 3,000 (PUVs).

This law (yes, it’s a law!) that is meant to protect you from harm (similar to the law on the use of helmets for motorcycle drivers and passengers).  And so if you get penalized for not obeying this particular law, you are actually being fined for not loving your life enough to save it by wearing a seatbelt.

If a traffic enforcer sees you or your passenger not wearing your seatbelts, the driver will be fined the corresponding fees for private cars and PUVs, plus the driver’s license will be suspended for a week.  Ugh if you are a PUV driver.

  1. Smoke Belching – Php 2,000 (first offense)

If you and your car cause other drivers and pedestrians to cover their noses when you zoom past, you are smoke belching.  It also means that your car is in bad shape and should not be allowed on the road.

Should you insist, you will be fined Php 2,000 and who knows how much more after your first offense.

  1.  Fraudulent registration of your car – Php 3,000

The LTO would know when you have overlooked or failed to renew your car’s registration.  On the other hand, your car’s registration is one of the first things a traffic enforcer or the police look for when you are flagged for a traffic violation.  If your papers are not updated, then better prepare for a hefty fine and the risk of you not being able to drive your car for a year.

It is never wise to forego your responsibility in renewing your car’s registration; you will always end up spending more.

 

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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June 08

My passport is due to expire this month so I really made it a point to have it renewed before the end of May.  It was pretty difficult to get an appointment slot through the www.passport.gov.ph website but I finally was able to secure one last June 2, 2018.

This was not the first time I got an appointment online that is why I was mildly surprised when I received an email from the DFA, instructing me to pay for my passport first, before they can confirm my appointment.  I had to do it fast because if after 48 hours and no payment is posted under my appointment, the slot will be up for grabs in the passport again.

I want to share my experience in today’s blog, to help those who may still not be aware of the DFA’s slightly new process of securing appointments, especially if you chose to have your passport renewed at the DFA Aseana branch.  This new process will be implemented in other DFA branches until they have covered all branches by August 2018.

Step 1: Visit the www.passport.gov.ph to schedule your appointment.

You have to have stable internet connection (and a lot of patience and perseverance!) to get this done.  Also, it would be best to have your old passport handy when filling out the online forms.

Step 2: Pay your passport processing fee at any of the DFA’s authorized Payment Centers.

You can pay at WalterMart, Bayad Center outlets, Villarica Pawnshops, 7-11 stores, ecPay, and Western Union outlets.  I paid mine at the Bayad Center in Robinson’s Ermita.

Here’s my actual experience at that branch:

The teller told me that my payment will post after 24 hours.  I got a bit worried because I had a 48-hour deadline to beat and already, I was beyond 24 hours at the time I was making my payment at Robinson’s.  The teller said that I need not worry because anytime my payment posts, DFA will see the exact date and time when I made the payment and they will know that I paid before the due date.  My appointment was on a Saturday, I was making the payment on a Tuesday – about 3 days ahead of my appointment.

It took me a few minutes to decide if I should hand my payment to the teller or if I should search for a different payment center that can promise me real-time posting of my payment.  In the end, the teller was able to convince me and so I handed her my payment of Php 1,250 (Php 1,200 for the passport and Php 50 service fee for Bayad Center).  She issued me a receipt and instructed me to keep it and bring it with me on my appointment.

Step 3: Print out the confirmed appointment packet that will be emailed to you after you have paid your passport processing fee.

This one I got a few minutes after I left Robinson’s; I printed the documents as soon as I got to the office and attached the receipt that the teller gave me earlier.

Step 4: Personally show up at the DFA consular office on the date and time indicated in your appointment.

Bring with you a copy of your confirmed appointment packet and other required documents and IDs such as you NSO birth certificate, NSO marriage certificate (if you wish to change your maiden last name to your married last name).

More Information:

What is the DFA ePayment Portal?

This is an upgrade to the Online Appointment System that enables passport applicants to pay their passport processing fees through selected payment centers nationwide and eventually through the use of credit and debit cards, and through over-the-counter cash transactions in selected banks.

When will the DFA ePayment Portal be launched?

  • ASEANA: First week of June 2018
  • NCR: On or before the first week of July 2018
  • Nationwide: On or before the first week of August 2018

How does the DFA ePayment Portal work?

Those who are renewing or applying for Philippine ePassports will now be required to prepay the passport processing fees using the DFA ePayment Portal as part of the Online Appointment System.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit passport.gov.ph and schedule an appointment
  • Read all the reminders carefully before agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the Online Appointment System.
  • Choose a DFA Consular Office where you wish to apply for or renew your passport.
  • Pick the date and time when you wish to apply for or renew your passport.
  • Fill out all the required fields by providing the information being asked.
  • Carefully review all the details of your application before clicking SUBMIT.
  • Choose your desired passport processing type (expedited or regular processing) before clicking PROCEED TO PAYMENT.
  • Take note of the reference number that will be emailed to you.
  1. Proceed to your preferred Payment Center to pay the passport processing fee.
  • Present your reference number at the Payment Center upon payment of the passport processing fee.
  • One reference number corresponds to one transaction. If you are paying for multiple reference numbers, you need to pay separately for each reference number.
  • Keep the receipt that will be issued to you.
  1. A confirmed appointment packet will be sent to your email once the payment has been successfully processed. Click the link to your passport appointment packet and PRINT OUT the following contents that you need to bring with you during your scheduled appointment.
  • Checklist with your indicated schedule.
  • Confirmed Application Form with the bar code, appointment reference number (ARN), and eReceipt number.
  • Two copies of the eReceipt.
  1. Personally show up at the DFA Consular Office on the date and time indicated in your appointment and make sure to bring a printed copy of your confirmed passport appointment packet and other required documents and IDs.

Is the payment reference number specifically assigned to one payment center?

No, a reference number is universal to all payment centers so you can conveniently pay at any of the authorized payment centers.

Can I use my payment reference number more than once? 

No, a reference number can only be used once.

Where can passport applicants pay their passport processing fees? 

  • Applicants can pay the passport processing fee through any of the following Payment Centers.
    • Bayad Center
    • ecPay
    • Pera Hub
    • Robinson’s Business Center and Department Stores
    • Waltermart Department Store
    • 7-11
    • USCC (Western Union)
    • Villarica Pawnshop
    • Other Payment Centers as well as the credit/debit card payment facility will be made available soon.

 How much do applicants have to pay? 

Passport applicants will need to pay Php 1,200 for expedited processing and Php 950 for regular processing.  A Php 50 convenience fee is charged by authorized Payment Centers on top of the processing fees.

Can the convenience fee and passport processing fee be refunded in case the applicant fails to show up during his/her scheduled appointment?

 No, a refund cannot be processed.

How do I get in touch with DFA in case I have questions or concerns about the ePayment Portal?

 You may call the DFA help desk at 02-234-3488 or email them at info@passport.gov.ph

 

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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June 04

Apart from our birth and marriage certificates, the PSA will also be assigned to manage the national ID system once it is signed into law.

What are the personal information that the PSA will collect to form part of the national ID?

  1. Common Reference Number or CRN and other basic information.
  2. Biometrics
  3. Voter’s ID,
  4. Philippine Passport Number
  5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  6. Philippine Health Insurance Number (PhilHealth)
  7. Professional Regulation Commission license number (PRC)
  8. Driver’s License Number

The PSA is authorized to release a person’s data only under the following conditions:

  • Upon the consent of the registered person, specific to the purpose prior to the processing.
  • Upon risk of public health and safety when relevant information may be disclosed, provided the risk of significant harm to the public is established and the owner of the information is notified within 72 hours of the fact of such disclosure.
  • Upon order of the court.
  • When a registered person requests access to his or her registered information and record history, subject to the guidelines and regulations to be issued by the PSA.

Ultimately, the national ID system aims to make the acquisition and delivery of government services easier for everyone while keeping fraudulent activities at bay.  The National Privacy Commission likewise ensures that the implementation of the national ID system shall fully adhere to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act, especially in the handling and processing of personal data.

The President is anticipated to sign the bill.  In case he does not, it will lapse into law after 30 days.

Do you agree that we should have a national ID to represent all other government IDs that we currently have?

Reference: https://www.rappler.com/nation/203725-national-id-system-philippines-ratified-duterte-signature

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May 15

Pinoys have yet to fully accept the values and benefits of being insured.  Whether it is a life or medical insurance, every working Filipino must be protected from the inevitable.  When unfortunate situations arise – a family member gets sick, a child meets an accident – it is best to be prepared.

If you are employed by the government or by a private firm, it is most likely that you are granted a medical insurance sponsored by your employer.  This is a good thing to have, especially if it is extended to your family.  However, this is only applicable while you are salaried by your employer.  The moment you quit your job (or it quits you!), you lose the privilege and will be left on your own to manage when you or someone in your family gets sick.

That is why it is important that you have yourself enlisted as a member of the PhilHealth, if you haven’t yet.  The PhilHealth voluntary membership is open to anyone who does not have a fixed employment, not a senior citizen, not an indigent member, or sponsored member of the PhilHealth.

Who are qualified to become voluntary PhilHealth members?

  1. OFWs – documented or undocumented Filipino workers abroad.
  2. Self-employed professionals – self-earning individuals such as entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, and freelancers whose income is generated from their profession or business.
  3. Informal sector workers – people working in the informal economy, including jeepney and tricycle drivers, street and market vendors, and small construction workers.
  4. Dual citizens – Filipinos who also hodl citizenship in another country.
  5. Naturalized Filipino citizens – foreigners who have become Filipino citizens through naturalization.
  6. Expats – foreign workers who live in the Philippines with valid working permits or Alien Certificate of Registration.

What documentary requirements do you need to prepare when applying?

You only need a duly accomplished PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) and submit this to the nearest Local Health Insurance Office or PhilHealth Express outlet.

You will then be issued a Member Data Record or MDR and an ID card after your application has been reviewed.  Your PhilHealth ID number will serve as your lifetime PhilHealth number and must be used as reference when you pay your contributions to the cashier.

Online application is also available!

  1. Go to the PhilHealth Electronic Registration System.
  2. Click on “Proceed”.
  3. Read the Terms and Conditions, tick the small box below, and click “Accept”.
  4. On the PhilHealth online registration form, enter the required information.
  5. Upload your document in jpeg, pdf, gif, or png format.  (optional)
  6. Enter the provided Captcha code, tick the small box below, and click “Submit Registration”.

Access your email for the instructions on how to complete the rest of your application.  Take note of your transaction number as this will serve as your reference number to your registration.

How much should be my contribution?

Members earning PHP 25,000 or below every month must pay a quarterly contribution of PHP 600 (or PHP 200 per month / PHP 2,400 per year).

Members earning over PHP 25,000 must pay PHP 900 for the quarter (or PHP 300 per month / PHP 3,600 per year).

It costs so little to become a bona fide PhilHealth member, but the assurance of knowing that you are covered by the PhilHealth when emergencies strike will far outweigh the price you think you are paying now.

Visit the nearest PhilHealth office now and have yourself signed up as a member.

Reference: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

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Apr 24

About 2 weeks ago, while I was trying to withdraw funds from my savings account, my ATM card was captured by the machine.  I called my bank immediately to report the incident and was told to wait by the machine in case it spews my card back out.  It didn’t.  Finally, the agent asked me if my ATM is EMV-enabled.  I was not familiar with the term; she said an EMV-enabled card must have a chip embedded in it.

I said, no.  My card was the regular card with the magnetic strip at the back.  She then proceeded to explain that my card was not captured by accident.  The machine that I used was calibrated to capture and destroy ATM cards that are not EMV-enabled.  All I need to do now is visit a branch of my bank and request for a new ATM card, one that has the EMV chip.

What is an EMV chip and why are banks encouraging its depositors to switch to this new technology? 

Since we are on the subject of identity fraud and all these types of personal information security, we decided to feature the five reasons why it is important to have all your ATM cards changed to the EMV-enabled version.

EMV, or Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, provide added security for credit and debit card users.  This is especially important if you like purchasing online where all your payment information is made available for just about anyone to intercept.  The EMV makes “swiping” cards a thing of the past; the term often used now is “insert your card” so the machine could read the EMV.

So why have all your ATM cards changed to EMV cards?  Read this!

  1. EMV allows more secure card-present transactions.

EMV smart cards offer better transaction security to all parties involved in the payment process.  While traditional magnetic stripe cards store all of your information in a single magnetic stripe (and a simple swipe is all it needs to complete a transaction), it also makes it easier for skimmers to intercept this information to create clones of your card.

EMV cards store your information in microprocessor smart chips that are encrypted to protect your data.  Unlike the magnetic stripe cards that leave all your card information available to just about anyone after a swipe, EMV chips make it more difficult to acquire and copy your data.  Encrypted information requires a certain technology in order for all stored data to be duplicated.

EMV cards also have various options for cardholder verification, unlike the magnetic cards where merchants only rely on your signature and any valid ID you can present – both can be copied and faked.

  1. EMV supports contact, contactless, and mobile transaction types.

EMV technology enables contactless transactions where cardholders tap their cards against the terminal.

Contact payments, such as the ones done in grocery counters, require the card to be inserted into the terminal for the duration of the transaction.

A more advanced feature of the EMV technology is the fast mobile wallet payment which allows customers to wave their smartphones over a terminal rather than dipping or tapping a card to a terminal.

  1. EMV is a global standard.

The Banko Sentral has ordered banks to issue EMV cards to all clients by June 2018.  This is a hard deadline that all banks must implement among its depositors.  If your ATM is not yet EMV-enabled, go visit your bank immediately to avoid the rush.

  1. Better information storage.

Since EMV chips are capable of storing more of your personal information, your identity as the owner and user of the card is likewise broader.  Unlike when using a magnetic stripe card where merchants only rely on your signature as proof of your identity, an EMV-enabled card provides more options to ensure that the card being used for the transaction is not stolen or duplicated.

  1. EMV systems can operate in offline mode.

EMV cards can perform offline transaction verification and offline cardholder verification.  This is one of the breakthroughs of the EMV technology that makes the magstripe cards look like play money.  EMV terminals can be configured to accept offline PIN codes, improving transaction security without requiring an online connection to banking systems.

If your card is not yet EMV-enabled, contact your bank now and ask how you can have your cards replaced with new ones.  If your old card gets captured in an ATM, don’t panic!  If your card is still magstripe, chances are it was captured more for your protection than anything else.  🙂

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Apr 13 (1)

If birth certificates do not expire, why do we need to secure new copies from the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office)?

In a recent radio interview, the assistant national statistician of the PSA mentioned the different reasons why Filipinos need to secure new copies of their civil registry records such as birth and marriage certificates.  Below is the list of reasons why you should request for brand new copies of your most important personal documents:

  1. PSA changes the color of the Security Paper they use when printing the birth certificates. All embassies and other government agencies are properly informed of this and therefore, are aware when a person’s birth certificate is an old copy or a new one.
  2. When the maximum number of printouts for a particular color scheme of the Security Paper is reached, the PSA changes the paper used for the birth certificates. This helps discourage the circulation of unauthorized and fake copies of birth, marriage, death, and Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR).
  3. It is the government agencies’ and other offices’ discretion to require brand new copies of PSA documents as a prerequisite for certain transactions. This means that some agencies may still accept certificates printed in old Security Papers, while others may reject these and require the applicants to submit new ones.  This is especially true when the applicant’s copy is dilapidated or when the entries in the document are hardly readable.
  4. You may secure copies of your PSA certificates at any of the six PSA outlets in Metro Manila or by calling the PSAHelpline hotline at 02-737-1111 and have your documents delivered to you instead.

For more information about PSA birth certificate delivery, visit www.psahelpline.ph.

References:

http://news.abs-cbn.com

www.psa.gov.ph

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Feb 22

PhilHealth membership is not limited to regularly-employed Filipinos.  In fact, unemployed and self-employed individuals are strongly encouraged to faithfully make monthly contributions to secure their PhilHealth claims in times of emergencies.  Problem is, when a member fails to make a contribution for a month or two, they immediately think that they are no longer qualified to claim from PhilHealth.  Others opt to completely neglect paying their contributions because they think that missing one payment already means that all their other payments have been written off already.

To help everyone understand how the PhilHealth appropriates a member’s contribution, we are sharing the following checklists lifted from PhilHealth’s Facebook page.  These will help you determine if you are eligible for PhilHealth benefits in spite of irregular payments of your monthly contributions.

These checklists follow the 3/6 rule where the required number of monthly premium contributions is at least three (3) months within the immediate six (6) months (or 3/6!) prior to the first day of availment or hospital confinement.  The six-month period is inclusive of the confinement month.

a. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

1

THE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE.

b. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

2

THE MEMBER IS NOT ELIGIBLE because the member only paid contributions for 2 months.

c. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

3

THE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE because he completed 3 months’ contributions within the immediate 6 months prior to confinement.

d. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

4

THE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE because he completed 3 months’ contributions within the immediate 6 months prior to confinement.

e. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

5

THE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE because he completed 3 months’ contributions within the immediate 6 months prior to confinement, EVEN IF THESE ARE NOT CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.

f. If the admission date is: FEBRUARY 21, 2018 and the member’s contributions are as follows:

5

THE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE because he completed 3 months’ contributions within the immediate 6 months prior to confinement, EVEN IF THESE ARE NOT CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.

Nonetheless, PhilHealth still maintains that all members must remit their contributions faithfully and consistently.  This is the only way you can be assured of your eligibility to claim from PhilHealth.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/PhilHealth/

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Feb 20 (1)

Mang Roy was a famous farmer in their barrio.  His success story, from being a humble tenant who plants and harvests for landlords, to being one of the wealthiest landowners and supplier of root crops, fruits, and vegetables in their province, is well-known in their barangay.  When he retired from farming at the age of 62, he has successfully established his family’s properties and remained to be the largest supplier of milled rice in their region.

Sadly though, Mang Roy passed away shortly after handing over the operations of their farms to his eldest daughter. After his death, his family decided to subdivide part of Mang Roy’s farmland, the areas that he set apart for his children’s inheritance.

Through the help of a lawyer, the documents needed to transfer the land’s titles to Mang Roy’s children were filed at the Registry of Deeds.  Everything went smoothly until the ROD required the children to submit a copy of Mang Roy’s birth certificate.

His wife requested for a copy at the Philippine Statistics Authority although, at the back of her mind, she knows that she has never seen a copy of her husband’s birth certificate.  She recalls him saying once that he doesn’t have a birth certificate.

True enough, their request returned void; they were instead handed a negative certificate – meaning, Mang Roy’s birth is not registered.  When they inquired how they can get a copy of Mang Roy’s birth certificate, they were advised to apply for a late registration of birth at the LCR in Mang Roy’s birthplace.

Late registration of birth happens when a child remains unregistered at the Local Civil Registry of his birthplace for more than 30 days after his birth.  For various reasons, parents fail to report their child’s birth to the municipal hall and as a result, these children grow up without a record of their birth.  Not having a birth certificate is not a complicated matter since all you have to do is submit the person’s information for proper registration.  It becomes complicated when the person you wish to register is already dead.

Although the requirements for late registration are pretty simple (an original copy of your Baptismal Certificate and a Certified True Copy of the person’s Marriage Certificate), these may prove to be inutile since the person who needs to be registered is already dead.  However, without Mang Roy’s birth certificate, his children may not be granted their inheritance.

Their family lawyer advised them to execute a Joint Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons – an attestation from two individuals who are not related to Mang Roy’s family but are fully aware of Mang Roy’s identity and roots.  This affidavit shall support the details of Mang Roy’s birth date and birthplace.  This, together with the negative certificate given by the PSA, shall then be submitted to the Registry of Deeds to fulfill the requirement for Mang Roy’s birth certificate.

Mang Roy’s children sought the kind help of their former landlords and the tenants of their farmlands.  All these people knew their father from as far back as when he was starting as a humble farmer and are all qualified to execute the needed affidavit.  As soon as the documents were notarized, Mang Roy’s children trooped to the ROD, submitted the documents, and explained to the clerk that their father’s birth was never registered and he did not have a birth certificate all his life.

Fortunately, the RDO accepted the documents and released the land titles of each of Mang Roy’s children.

It is important for all Filipinos to be duly registered at the LCR of their birthplaces and to have a copy of his birth certificate all the time.  If your parents still do not have birth certificates, find time to register them at their birthplaces so they would be properly accounted for by the PSA.  Every member of your household must have a copy of their PSA birth certificate, printed on the PSA’s Security Paper.

Reference: www.psa.gov.ph

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