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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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Nagkakilala sina Robert at Malyn sa Isabela. Nagta-trabaho noon sa provincial hospital si Malyn bilang isang nurse habang hinihintay ang resulta ng application niya bilang caregiver sa London. Si Robert naman ay sundalo ng Philippine Army at nasa Isabela para sa isang operation.   Sa umpisa pa lang ay inamin na ni Robert ang kaniyang trabaho kay Malyn; na hindi siya pirmihan sa isang lugar at madalas ay isinasabak sila sa mga military operations kung saan hindi sila sigurado kung makakauwi pa silang buhay sa kanilang mga pamilya.

Hindi nagtagal at nagkapalagayan ng loob ang dalawa. Bago natapos ang unang taon ng assignment ni Robert sa Isabela, ipinakilala na ni Robert si Malyn sa kaniyang mga magulang, pati na ang plano nilang mag pakasal kapag pareho na silang naka ipon.

Masaya ang naging pagsasama nina Robert at Malyn hanggang sa dumating ang araw na kailangan nang bumalik ni Robert sa Manila para sa bago niyang assignment. Mahirap para kay Malyn na mahiwalay kay Robert lalo na’t alam niyang walang katiyakan ang kaligtasan nito sa kaniyang trabaho. Nangako naman si Robert na madalas siyang tatawag at mag-email kay Malyn para ma-update niya ito sa kaniyang kinaroroonan. At pag may pagkakataon, dadalawin niya itong muli sa Isabela.

Sinubukan ng dalawang mabuhay na magkahiwalay. Si Robert ay na-assign sa Mindanao habang si Malyn ay patuloy sa kaniyang trabaho sa Isabela. Mahirap sa umpisa ngunit sa kalaunan ay nasanay din sila. Pareho nilang pinanghahawakan ang pangarap na balang araw ay magpapakasal sila at hindi na kailanman mag hihiwalay. Tinupad naman ni Robert ang pangako niyang regular na dadalaw kay Malyn sa Isabela kapag wala siyang assignment.

Isang araw, nakatanggap ng tawag si Malyn mula sa commanding officer ni Robert. May naka engkwentro ang grupo nila Robert habang papunta sila sa isang liblib na barrio para maghatid ng relief goods. Isa si Robert sa mga malubhang nasugatan sa engkwentro at ngayon ay nasa ospital. Dali-daling nag pasya si Malyn na bumyahe papuntang Mindanao para makita ang kasintahan. Abot-abot ang dasal niyang sana ay abutan pa niya ito at maka-usap man lang.

Laking gulat ni Malyn nang pag dating niya sa ospital ay sinalubong siya ng mga kasamahan ni Robert sa military at sinabihang magbihis ng puting damit na naka handa na para sa kanya. Inayusan siya ng mga sundalong babae, nilagyan ng kaunting make-up, binigyan ng bouquet, at nilagyan ng simpleng belo sa ulo. Nais daw ni Robert na makasal na silang dalawa sa lalong madaling panahon, habang buhay pa siya at nakakapag salita pa.

Hindi mapigil ni Malyn ang maluha nang makita ang kalunos-lunos na sitwasyon ni Robert. Halos hindi makilala ang kaniyang mukha sa dami ng sugat nito. Hindi din niya maigalaw ang kaniyang mga binti dahil sa isang malalim na sugat sa kaniyang balakang. Kailangan pa daw ng therapy bago siya makalakad muli. May tubig din ang baga ni Robert at hirap siyang huminga. Nalaman ni Malyn na sa oras na hindi na kayanin ng baga ni Robert ang kumplikasyon, maaari siyang mamatay.

Ikinasal ng commanding officer sina Robert at Malyn sa ilalim ng tinatawag na Articulo Mortis. Ginagawa ito para sa mga katulad ni Robert na nasa bingit ng kamatayan ngunit nais na tuparin ang kaniyang pangakong pakakasalan ang kaniyang kasintahan. Wala nang panahon para mag submit sina Robert at Malyn ng mga papeles para sa pagpapakasal tulad ng CENOMAR, Birth Certificate, at marriage license. Ngunit dahil Articulo Mortis ang kanilang pagpapakasal, hindi na sila required mag submit nito.

Dalawang linggo matapos makasal, binawian na din ng buhay si Robert dahil sa mga kumplikasyon sa kanyang mga tinamong sugat. Ngunit namayapa siyang masaya dahil natupad niya ang ipinangako niyang kasal sa babaeng pinakamamahal niya.

Lumipad na din patungong London si Malyn para mag trabaho bilang isang nurse. Pinili niyang gamitin ang apelido ni Robert sa kaniyang passport at iba pang dokumento. Dala niya ang mga masasayang ala-ala nila ng kaisa-isang lalake na minahal niya at minahal siya hanggang kamatayan.

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Unlike other guys his age, Rey was never attracted to the promise of “greener pastures” in the United States.

He loved the laid back feel in the city of pines and he intends to stay after graduating from college. He has simple dreams of settling down in Baguio, to teach at the university where he is now majoring in Education, and regularly play with the acoustic band he formed a couple of years ago. He was looking forward to a quiet and uncomplicated adult life, a far cry from the one he had growing up in San Andres Bukid in Manila.

But as luck would have it, Rey’s long – time girlfriend, Beth, got pregnant a few months before they were set to graduate. When their parents found out, they were told to get married right away to “save face”; it was the classic “what will people say?” dilemma.

So in a haste, they processed all the necessary documents like birth certificates, certificate of singleness (CENOMAR), and secured a marriage license. Rey and Beth were married in Catholic rites at the St. Joseph Church in Pacdal, Baguio City. In less than seven months, Beth gave birth to a healthy baby boy they named Joshua.

A few months after giving birth, Beth, a natural born U.S. citizen, broached the idea of settling in the United States as soon as Joshua is big enough to be flown out of the country. Apparently, Beth was in the Philippines only to gain a college degree as this could be pretty expensive in the U.S. Her plan was to go back to the U.S. right after graduation; she was set to join her uncle’s software firm in Texas. Now that she is married with a child, she wanted to pursue her plans, with husband and baby in tow.

Beth’s suggestion did not sit well with Rey. He had his own dreams of settling down in Baguio and living the “simple, country life”. No one was ever going to uproot him from Baguio; not his young, idealistic wife and no, not even the promise of “greener pastures” in America.

It did not take long for the couple to decide on their fate. Beth will fly back to the U.S. with baby Joshua while Rey stays behind. They will try to raise their family apart and see if it will work. If not, Beth will file for a divorce so both of them would be free to pursue their separate lives.

Rey’s siblings were shocked to find out about his decision. While some would pay for a U.S. citizen to marry them so they can be granted a visa to legally stay and work in the U.S., Rey was practically giving his away. How could he?

Beth and Joshua left for Texas two days after Joshua turned one. Rey was devastated. There were days when he would ask himself if he made the right decision. He would spend hundreds of pesos on phone cards just to hear his son’s blabber from thousands of miles away. He thought he would never survive.

He saved up enough to buy a two-way plane ticket to be with Joshua on his second birthday. His son barely recognized him; Joshua kept crying for his mom when Rey tried to hug and kiss him for the first time in a year.

Rey’s visit helped him and Beth sort things out between the two of them. They both decided that the best way to get on with their lives and pursue their dreams is to go their separate ways. Beth promised Rey that he is free to visit Joshua anytime and that she would make sure to take their child on regular vacations to the Philippines so he could get to know Rey’s side of the family. Beth filed for divorce and had all papers signed by Rey before he left for the Philippines. Beth’s lawyer also requested Rey to sign documents to permit Joshua to travel alone with his Mom as his sole guardian in the U.S. Rey received the divorce papers eight months later.

Fast forward to fifteen years later, Rey met and fell in love with a fellow professor, Mia. Two years into their relationship, Rey proposed and asked for Mia’s hand in marriage. At first, they thought that Rey still needed to file for an annulment of his and Beth’s marriage in the Philippines in order to marry Mia. Their friends told them that Rey’s divorce in the U.S. is not recognized in the Philippines.

But Rey’s lawyer advised him of Article 26 of the Family Code; he only needed to file his divorce papers at the Regional Trial Court in Baguio City (where he resides) in order to get his PSA Marriage Certificate annotated properly. Turns out, he only needed to obtain a Judicial Recognition of Foreign Divorce Decree from a Philippine court in order to marry Mia. He did just that and in a few months, happily tied the knot in a civil wedding ceremony in Baguio City.

Rey and Mia have been married for three years now and are expecting their first baby. Joshua, Rey’s son by his first marriage, just recently turned 16 and will be traveling to the Philippines to visit his dad and hopefully, to meet his new baby sister. He is also planning to stay in the Philippines and study in the same university where his parents met 16 years ago.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

If your NSO certificate is registered late. Here are some pointers that might be useful for you.

The National Statistics Office has guidelines for birth, marriage, and death certificates that have delayed registration. A report of a vital event made beyond the reglementary period is considered delayed.

Posting of the Pending Application

1.       A notice to the public on the pending application for delayed registration shall be posted on the bulletin boards of the city or municipality for a period of not less than ten (10) days. (47a)

2.       If after ten (10) days, no one opposes the registration, the civil registrar shall evaluate the veracity of the documents submitted. (48:1a)

3.       If after proper evaluation of all documents presented and investigation of the allegations contained therein, and the civil registrar is convinced that the event really occurred within the jurisdiction of the civil registry office and that said event has not been registered, he shall register the delayed report thereof. (48:2a)

4.       The civil registrar, in all cases of delayed registration of birth, death, and marriage, shall conduct an investigation whenever an opposition is filed against a registration. He shall take the testimonies of the parties concerned and of the witnesses in the form of questions and answers. After investigation, the civil registrar shall forward his findings and recommendations to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General for appropriate action. (57:11a)

5.       The Civil Registrar-General may, after review and proper evaluation, deny or authorize the registration. (57:2a)

Recording of Delayed Registration

In every case of delayed registration of birth, death, marriage, and other registrable documents, the entry in the civil registry book and the registry number transcribed on the certificate of vital event shall be in red ink. The remarks “Delayed Registration” shall be written on the upper right hand margin of the certificate and the “Remarks” portion of the registry book. (56a)

Duty to File a Complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office

In every case of delayed registration, the civil registrar shall file a complaint with the city or provincial prosecutor’s office for appropriate action under Section 17, Act No. 3753. The action filed in court by the prosecutor against the party for failure to register shall not suspend or stop the registration, neither should it be a ground for refusal by the civil registrar to register the delayed report of birth, death, marriage, or any registrable document. (55a)

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