Why Do You Need to Get a New Copy of Your PSA Birth Certificate?

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 andContinue reading “Why Do You Need to Get a New Copy of Your PSA Birth Certificate?”

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How To Know If You Are Qualified for PhilHealth Benefits

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 qualifiedContinue reading “How To Know If You Are Qualified for PhilHealth Benefits”

Can False Information on a PSA Birth Certificate be Corrected or Removed?

When a child is born out of wedlock, the child carries the mother’s family name unless the father gives his consent for his child to use his last name and acknowledges him on paper.  The date of marriage field on the child’s birth certificate must also be left blank until the parents are married, ifContinue reading “Can False Information on a PSA Birth Certificate be Corrected or Removed?”

6 Reasons Why You Always Need to Have a Copy of your PSA Birth Certificate

I was never a fan of keeping files as these have the tendency to pile up on my desk over time.  I have developed the habit of just getting what I need when I need it.  However, I realized this may not be a good practice when it comes to personal documents such as myContinue reading “6 Reasons Why You Always Need to Have a Copy of your PSA Birth Certificate”

How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport

A basic requirement for passport renewal is the submission of the expired (or expiring passport) so the DFA can cancel its validity.  But what if the old passport has gone missing? Here’s how you can renew a lost and expired passport: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Personal appearance. Confirmed appointment. No need to submit a passport size photo.Continue reading “How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport”

Just Married! How to Update your Marital Status in Government IDs and Documents

After getting married, the next thing the couple needs to attend to are the updating of their IDs and other public documents, from their old civil status to that of married.  For women, they also have the option to change their maiden last name and begin using their husband’s last name in their IDs andContinue reading “Just Married! How to Update your Marital Status in Government IDs and Documents”

No PSA Birth Certificate? No Problem!

Ang PSA Birth Certificate (dating NSO Birth Certificate) ay madalas na kasama sa listahan ng mga primary documentary requirements ng iba’t-ibang establishments tulad ng mga bangko, eskwelahan, at mga government agencies.  Ang birth certificate ay naka-print sa Security Paper (SECPA) at may selyo ng PSA sa upper left-hand corner ng dokumento.  Maaari itong makuha mulaContinue reading “No PSA Birth Certificate? No Problem!”

Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?

While we anticipate the approval of the proposed 10-year validity of Philippine passports, we should continue to mark our calendars as to when we should be applying for a passport renewal.  Currently, Philippine passports have a 5-year validity period and most passengers who have less than a year before their passports expire are no longerContinue reading “Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?”