Tag Archive: OFW


10 - 09

What are the benefits that OFWs can enjoy as bona fide PhilHealth members?  Are their dependents entitled to the same benefits as well?

Below are the latest case rates applicable to OFW members.  The amount stated in this summary is PhilHealth’s participation in the member’s hospital and medical expenses.  Any amount over the stated coverage will be shouldered by the member or by his Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).

1. Examples of Case Rates

ILLNESS AMOUNT OF BENEFIT
Pneumonia Moderate Risk (Pulmonya) P15,000
Pneumonia High Risk P32,000
Stroke – Infarction P28,000
Stroke – Hemorrhagic or Stroke with Bleeding P38,000
Hypertensive Emergency/Urgency P9,000
Dengue (Severe) P16,000
Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) or Diarrhea with Dehydration P6,000
Asthma in Acute Exacerbation (Hika) P9,000
Newborn Care Package or Services for Newborn Babies P1,750
SURGERIES AMOUNT OF BENEFIT
Hemodialysis P4,000
Maternity Care Package (Normal delivery in lying-in clinics) P8,000
Normal Spontaneous Delivery Package (Normal delivery in a hospital) P6,500
Cesarean Section P19,000
Radiotherapy Linear Accelerator (Linac) P3,000
Cataract Package P16,000
Dilatation and Curettage (Raspa) P11,000
Cholecystectomy P31,000
Appendectomy P24,000

1.1 Z Benefits

These types of packages are for those stricken by diseases that need long and continuous medication.  These normally entail costs beyond one’s usual hospitalization budget.  Z Benefit packages have pre-conditions and selection criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for the benefits at selected government hospitals.

ILLNESS / SURGERY AMOUNT OF BENEFIT
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia or ALL P210,000
Breast Cancer (Stage 0 to 3) P100,000
Prostate Cancer (Low to Intermediate Risk) P100,000
Kidney Transplant (Low Risk) P600,000
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery P550,000
Surgery of Tetralogy of Fallot in Children P320,000
Surgery for Ventricular Septal Defect in Children P250,000
Cervical Cancer Chemoradiation with Cobalt and Brachytherapy (Low Dose)

Linear Accelerator and Brachytherapy (High Dose)

P120,000

P175,000

External Lower Limb Prostheses P15,000

1.2 Outpatient Benefits under All Case Rates

SERVICES AMOUNT OF BENEFIT
Tuberculosis – Directly Observed Treatment Short-course administered at accredited TB-DOTS centers P4,000
Malaria treatment administered at accredited rural health units. P600
Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment P30,000
Treatment package for animal bites administered at accredited government animal bite centers. P3,000
Vasectomy and Tubal Ligation P4,000

Important Reminder: A member is allotted 45 days of hospitalization in one year and another 45 days to be divided among his qualified dependents.

What are the conditions before an OFW member or dependent may avail of PhilHealth benefits?

  1. Updated contributions as shown in the member’s MDR.
  2. Make sure you are seeking consultation or treatment at a PhilHealth-accredited hospital and by a PhilHealth-accredited doctor.
  3. You have not yet used up the 45-day hospitalization period (OFW or dependents).

How does an OFW member and his dependents avail of PhilHealth benefits?

  1. Before checking out of the hospital, submit the following documents at the Billing Section of the hospital:
  • Duly accomplished PhilHealth Claim Form 1. You may request for a form at the hospital, PhilHealth offices and branches, or download from the PhilHealth website at philhealth.gov.ph
  • Health Insurance ID Card and or Updated Member Data Record (photocopies).
  • Proof of contributions (photocopies).
  1. Medicines purchased outside of the hospital while member is confined may be reimbursed at the hospital if the patient has not yet used up the allocated benefit amount. Make sure that PhilHealth benefits have been deducted from the total hospital bill and professional fees before signing the Claim Form 2.

What if the OFW member is confined in a hospital abroad?  Can he still use his PhilHealth benefits?

 A member confined abroad may file for benefits claim in the Philippines by submitting the following documents to any PhilHealth office, within 180 days after he has been discharged from the hospital abroad:

  1. Copy of Medical Certificate where the following are clearly stated:
    • Final diagnosis
    • Confinement period
    • Services rendered
  2. Duly accomplished PhilHealth Claim Form 1
  3. Copy of Official Receipt or detailed Statement of Account
  4. Updated Member Data Record or proof of payment.

For further information on OFW’s PhilHealth membership, claims, and benefits, you may call the PhilHealth call center at 02-441-7442.  They are available to take your calls, 24/7.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

Advertisements

10 - 06

Even while employed in a foreign country, Filipinos must be registered under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth and pay their contributions regularly.  Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere: to the OFW member or his dependents.  The only way you can fight against the added stress of going through these emergency cases is the security of a medical insurance.

In this 2-part series, we are going to share all the important details that OFWs need to know about becoming a Phillhealth member and the how they can keep their account updated even while they are out of the country.  From membership registration to availing benefits, we got all the information right here.

Share this with your OFW friends and relatives.

GET YOURSELF REGISTERED

  1. Fill out a PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) with your information. You may ask for a copy of the form from any Local Health Insurance Office (LHIO) or download it at www.philhealth.gov.ph. Submit the accomplished form to any PhilHealth office or at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Seafarers may submit their PMRF to their HR Department or to their manning agency.

OFWs may declare the following as their dependents:

  • Legal spouse who is not a PhilHealth member;
  • Children below 21 years old, unemployed, and not married;
  • Children who are 21 years old and above and are physically or mentally handicapped;
  • Foster children based on the Foster Child Care Act of 2012;
  • Parents who are 60 years old or older and are not PhilHealth members;
  • Parents who are permanently incapacitated/disabled.

A completely filled-out PMRF is all you need to register as a PhilHealth member.  No need for other documents unless PhilHealth requires further verification of your personal information.

  1. Pay your contributions regularly.
  2. The OFW member will be provided with a Health Insurance ID Card with his permanent PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN), and Member Data Record (MDR).

Online Registration Option

Since OFWs cannot physically visit PhilHealth offices in the Philippines, they have the option to submit their membership applications online or by sending an email to PhilHealth.  Here’s how:

For Membership Registration:

  1. Send your duly accomplished PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) to ofp@philhealth.gov.ph.
  2. PhilHealth will send your Member Data Record (MDR) with your PhilHealth identification number through email. You may also request for a Health Insurance ID Card from any Local Health Insurance Office (LHIO) of PhilHealth.

To Update your MDR:

  1. Send your duly accomplished PMRF with the corresponding updates on your information. Do not forget to tick the check box beside “FOR UPDATING” that is found at the upper part of the PMRF.
  2. You will receive a copy of your updated MDR through email.

PAY YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!

How much should your contributions be?

1.For Migrant Workers (OFWs) (documented and undocumented):

Beginning January 2014, the premium contribution is Php 2,400.00 for a year.  You have the option to pay two years in advance or base it on the number of years stated in your employment contract, but must not exceed 5 years.

2. For Migrant Workers / OFWs (seafarers) who are under manning agencies in the Philippines:

Monthly Salary Range Total Monthly Premium Rate Employee Share Employer Share
Php8,999.99 and below Php200 Php100 Php100
Php9,000 up to Php34,999.00 2.5% 1.25% 1.25%
Php35,000.00 and up Php875.00 Php437.50 Php437.50

You also have the option to check the complete contribution schedule at www.philhealth.gov.ph

Where can you pay your contributions?

  • PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Offices (LHIOs)
  • POEA One-Stop-Shop
  • At the following PhilHealth Accredited Collecting Agents who have tie-ups abroad:
    • Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)
    • Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB)
    • Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)
    • I-Remit, Inc.
    • Ventaja International Corporation
    • Bank of Commerce
    • Asia United Bank
  • You may also request your family and relatives to  visit any PhilHealth office to pay for your contributions.

The second part of our feature article will focus on the benefits and services that every OFW PhilHealth member and their dependents are entitled to.

If you have further questions about PhilHealth membership, you may call their hotline at 02-441-7442.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

09 - 20

The government has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017 as a National Day of Protest as the country commemorates the 45th year of the declaration of Martial Law.  Effectively, work in the executive branches of the government, local government units (LGUs), as well as classes in all levels of public schools are suspended.  This is to allow militant groups to exercise their right to demonstrations of protests, reminding them only to “act within the bounds of law and maintain a peaceful conduct of rallies.”

Suspension of work and classes in private firms, schools, and other businesses are left to the sound discretion of their respective heads.

If you have a scheduled appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there is no need to seek a new appointment as consular offices all over the country will remain open on the said date.  Applicants who are entitled to the DFA’s courtesy lanes (senior citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and OFWs) are likewise encouraged to proceed with their planned visits as DFA personnel will be ready and waiting to attend to their applications and other concerns.

It is business as usual at the DFA.  Only take note of the routes that may be clogged with protesters so you don’t waste your time in traffic.

Share this with your friends and family!

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

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

09 - 18.jpg

In the first week of September (2017), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it has opened more appointment slots for Pinoys seeking to apply for a new passport or have their old ones renewed.  The additional slots came from the 1,200 reserved (daily) slots for travel agencies and DFA employees.

Yes, even DFA employees have to adjust to the new mandate so that only their immediate family members are extended the privilege of an assured appointment with the DFA.  Immediate family members include parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.  The courtesy lanes remain open for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, solo parents, children below seven yearls old, and Overseas Filipino Workers.

More good news from the DFA came in late last week when they announced the redesigned online appointment system.  Here are the highlights of the new and improved online passport appointment system:

  • Fully-booked dates are shown in red while available slots are in green.
    • This makes searching for an available date and time easier rather than clicking on each and every date.
  • Feedback mechanism activated.
    • This ensures that applicants are informed of any concerns on their application and how they can resolve the problem.
    • These include discrepancies on provided information, documents submitted.
    • Applicants are given ample time to prepare for the lacking requirements ahead of time, instead of finding out about the problems just when they are about to claim their passports.
  • Automatic reminder for people who are exempted from making online appointments:
    • Senior Citizens
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Pregnant women
    • Solo parents
    • Children seven years old and below
    • OFWs

The reminder was put in place because most of the time, even if the applicant is entitled to use the courtesy lane, they still apply for an appointment online and wait in line for their turn.  With the reminder, they would know right away that they can proceed to a DFA office, freeing up the appointment slots that they would otherwise book.

The DFA promised to deploy more improvements, not just on the online application system, but in all aspects of their services to the public.  They said that their utmost concern are the comfort and security of people who visit their offices everyday, from the head office in Aseana to all satellite and consular offices and foreign posts.

If you have questions about the DFA online appointment system, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.tempo.com.ph

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

07 - 04

Are you leaving the country to work as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) for the first time?

We researched on important information that OFWs need to be aware of before they sign a contract with an employer or an agency.  We are sharing this list from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to help all aspiring Pinoys be on the safe side when scouting for job opportunities abroad.

In 2015, the POEA reported that there are more than 1.8 million OFWs around the world, 1.4 million of which are land-based and most of the OFW population is composed of women workers.  These statistics dictate the urgent need to keep Pinoys well-informed of their rights and privileges in as far as labor (whether domestic or international) is concerned.

We hope the following list lifted from the POEA can help our kababayans prepare themselves for the 2-year haul of working in foreign soil.

Read on.

OFWs are entitled to:

  • A minimum monthly salary of $400 (USD or its equivalent in the country where the OFW will be deployed).
  • At least one day off per week.
  • Free transportation from the Philippines to the host country and back.
  • Free accommodation and food.
  • Free medical and dental services.
  • Vacation leave with pay of up to 15 days a year.
  • Personal life accident, medical and repatriation insurance from a reputable insurance company.
  • Remittance of money to the Philippines, and assistance from the employer in setting up a bank account.
  • Just and humane treatment from the employer.

OFWs are reminded as well to take care of their passports and work / residence permits.  Keep photocopies of these important documents in their possession at all times.  They are also encouraged to leave photocopies with their families in the Philippines as reference.

The minimum age requirement for OFWs is 23 years old.  Do not even attempt to fake your age when applying for a job as this will definitely result in serious problems later on, more so when discovered by (sometimes unforgiving ) foreign employers.

If you are applying as a household service worker, your employment contract must be approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office for your protection.  There should be no placement fees to work abroad as well.

If you have questions about OFW rights and privileges, send us a message and we will do our best to search for the answers for you.

Source: www.poea.gov.ph

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

05 - 10

To work abroad and be able to provide handsomely for their families in the Philippines is a common goal among most Filipinos.  Time and distance become insignificant at the promise of a better compensation package, a legitimate contract, and sometimes, an opportunity to migrate overseas with the family.

While most OFWs are able to enjoy the sweet fruits of their labor, it is no secret that more than a handful of them come back home with broken hearts and dreams.  Why is this so?

We researched on the top reasons our beloved OFWs give up on their goals abroad, pack their bags, and take the next flight out back to where they came from.  What problems plague overseas workers and how can these be prevented?  Read on.

1. Becoming a victim of Illegal Recruitment

Lack of proper information and awareness, as well as failure to check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) before engaging with an agency, are the main reasons why Pinoys fall prey to illegal recruiters.

Avoid becoming a victim of illegal recruitment by diligently checking with the POEA if your agency is properly listed as a recruitment firm and has a good track record among other workers.

2. High placement fees

Another red flag when engaging with a recruitment agency are exorbitant placement fees that you know you will not be able to pay even after you’ve completed your 24-month contract abroad.  Some recruiters will encourage you to agree to an “installment plan” where part of your salary automatically goes to paying for your placement fee’s outstanding balance.  Do not fall for such “sweet talk”, especially if they compel you to give them authorization to deduct some amount from your salary.

You have the right to refuse a job offer if it obviously puts you in debt even before you leave the country.

3. Employer abuse

This could be an offshoot of numbers 1 and 2.

Abuse does not only mean physical or verbal; some employers discriminate against your race or religion and that too is considered as abuse.  If you find yourself in this situation, get in touch with the Philippine embassy in your location and ask for help right away.

4. Extra-marital relationships and broken families

This happens for a multitude of reasons but most common is the OFW’s inability to cope with homesickness and loneliness.  Others find the need to get into illicit relationships for additional income and sustain their stay abroad (i.e. marriage for convenience).

You can avoid this by maintaining consistent and meaningful conversations with your spouse and children even when you are far.

5. Landing in jail for offenses they did not commit

Nightly news are never without OFWs and their families seeking the government’s intervention for false accusations that landed their loved one in a foreign jail cell.  The scenes are as heartbreaking as your nightly telenovela and sadly, most end up with the poor OFW coming home in a wooden box.

Stay away from dubious groups and avoid engaging in questionable transactions while you are abroad.  Always keep your personal belongings secured especially if you live with other overseas workers.

6. Failed family business

OFWs entrust their hard-earned money to their parents, siblings, or spouses in the hope that this is invested properly and used wisely to meet the go out of control.  Sadly, this also causes rifts among family members, and husbands and wives.  family’s needs.  But because of lack of research and proper business planning, investments fail to grow and expenses

7. Dwindling value of the Philippine Peso

This is something that is beyond anyone’s control unless you are the President of the country.  Yet this affects an OFW’s family’s monthly income so much.  That is why it pays to learn how to invest properly and grow a profitable side business.  This ensures you of a passive income that you can count on whenever the country’s economy adversely affects your household income.

8. Getting caught in violent uprisings and natural disasters abroad.

Again, this is beyond your control as an OFW or an OFW’s allotee; and again, you can respond positively to these types of setbacks with a stable savings account and a profitable investment.

9. Unable to get assistance from consular and embassy officials abroad.

Either the OFW is deployed in a remote area or the Philippine embassy in his country has limited manpower and so they are unable to attend to all Pinoys seeking assistance.

10. Compelling family problems back home

A terminally ill parent, a child getting hooked on drugs, or a spouse running off with a new partner; these familiar situations are surefire ways to get a Pinoy OFW to come running back home.

There may be more problems that plague overseas workers that are not mentioned in this article.  But obviously, these are not enough to keep Filipinos from seeking employment abroad.  It is every person’s responsibility to ensure that he gains more from the effort of leaving his family behind than the price he has to pay in the end.

We hope this article helped shed light on some of the issues experienced by Pinoy OFWs and their families.  Your own experiences, lessons, and advises to fellow OFWs are most welcome too!

Reference:

http://www.pinoy-ofw.com

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

 

 

 

 

03 - 21

Last year, we featured the announcement on vacationing OFWs’ exemption from filing an OEC if they are returning to the same employers abroad.  This took effect on the first week of September of the same year.  Included in the privilege is the OFW’s exemption from paying travel taxes and terminal fees when exiting the country as covered by Section 35 of RA 8042 (Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act).

There are rampant cases, however, where these fees are incorporated in the cost of the airline ticket bought by OFWs online or over the counter.  And in order for them to “refund” the paid fees, they have to line up at the airport.  Most OFWs are not aware of this or do not have the luxury of time to wait in line for their reimbursement.

Good news!

Starting April 30, 2017, the P550 terminal fee will automatically be waived for OFWs purchasing tickets over the counter; the same will be extended to online ticket purchases by the end of July 2017.  This means that departing OFWs no longer need to go through the process of “refunding” terminal fees that are supposedly incorporated in the price of the tickets they purchased!

Not just for OFWs

The exemption is extended to other Pinoy travelers such as pilgrims, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) delegates, and other Filipinos authorized by law and the Office of the President to travel outside the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration is appealing to have the unreturned fees (those not refunded by OFWs) accounted for and returned to the OWWA who stands as Trustee of OFWs.

Share this news with your OFW friends and relatives!

Source:

http://www.rappler.com/nation/164286-ofws-automatic-exemption-airport-terminal-fee-april-july

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

03 - 10

SSS members who have found better earning opportunities abroad may continue to enjoy the same privileges as members who reside in the country.  One such benefit is the salary loan facility of the SSS; this enables members to borrow an amount to meet short-term credit needs and be able to repay at affordable terms and interests.

What are the qualifications?

a. The OFW’s monthly SSS contributions must be updated.

  • For one-month salary loan – the member-borrower must have 36 posted monthly contributions, six of which should be within the last twelve (12) months prior to the month of filing of application.
  • For two months salary loan – the member-borrower must have 72 posted monthly contributions, six of which should be within the last twelve (12) months prior to the month of filing of application.

b. The OFW must be under 65 years of age at the time of application.

c. The OFW has not been granted final benefit (total permanent disability, retirement, and death).

d. The OFW has not been disqualified due to fraud committed against the SSS.

What are the steps in applying for a salary loan?

a. Download and fill-out a Member Loan Application form.

b. Present your SSS ID.  If the OFW does not have an SSS ID yet, he needs to file for application of SSS card (Form E-6).

c. Prepare two valid identifications (ID); any two of the following will suffice:

  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Unexpired Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • School or Company ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) card
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Membership card issued by private companies
  • Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) card.
  • Senior Citizen’s card
  • Voter’s Identification card / Affidavit / Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder’s name; or with certification from bank (if without name).
  • Credit card
  • Fisherman’s card issued by BFAR
  • GSIS card / Member’s Records / Certificate of Membership
  • ID card issued by LGUs (Barangay/Municipal/City)
  • ID card issued by professional association recognized by PRC.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Marriage Contract
  • NBI Clearance
  • Pag-IBIG Member’s Data Form
  • Permit to carry firearms issued by the Firearms and Explosive Unit of PNP.
  • PHIC Member’s Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Seafarer’s Registration Certificate issued by POEA
  • Temporary Driver’s License issued by LTO
  • Transcript of Records
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Certificate from Office of Southern / Northern Cultural Communities; or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Licensure / Qualification Documents / Seafarer’s ID and Record Book for Maritime Industry
  • Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Birth / Baptismal certificate of children.

Who may file the Salary Loan Application?

a. If filed by Member-borrower’s authorized representative, bring the following:

  • Member-borrower’s Member Loan Application
  • Member-borrower’s SS card or any two valid IDs both with signature (at least one with photo).
  • Authorized Representative’s SS card or any two valid IDs both with signature (at least one with photo).
  • Letter of Authority (LOA) signed by both the member-borrower and the member-borrower’s authorized representative.

b. If filed by Employer/Company’s Authorized Representative, bring the following:

  • Accomplished Member Loan Application.
  • Authorized Company Representative (ACR) card issued by SSS.
  • Letter of Authority (LOA) from employer and any two valid IDs both with signature and at least one with photo.
  • Acknowledgment stub and any two valid IDs both with signature and at least one of the IDs with photo.

c. If filed by the member’s representative:

  • Present member’s SSS card or two valid IDs, one of which with photo and signature.
  • Authorization letter signed by the member and the representative.

Where does an OFW file his loan application while abroad?

a. OFW members may submit their applications at the SSS Representative office in the country of their location.

b. In case there is no SSS office in a particular country, the member may send the application and supporting documents to his relatives in the Philippines and authorize them to file at the SSS branch.

c. Any document issued abroad and forms part of the application must be authenticated by the Philippine Consulate/Embassy.

Source: www.sss.gov.ph

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

02-20

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 longer permitted to leave the country.

This is a dilemma encountered by most OFWs.

So what happens if your passport expires while you are overseas?

Read on:

1.Allow a one year renewal period.

Avoid waiting until you only have a few weeks left before your passport expires.  The process of renewing your passport from abroad takes at least 8 to 12 weeks.

2. Visit the Philippine Embassy / Consulate General in the country where you are currently located.

a. Bring your passport and other pertinent documents related to your travel or stay.

b. The Philippine Embassy will send your renewal application to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office in Manila.

c. Check online if the Philippine Embassy in your area requires applicants to set up an appointment.  Most Philippine Embassies accommodate walk-in applications for passport renewal.

d. All details such as photographs, fingerprints, and signatures will be taken on-site.

3. What are the documents you need to bring?

a. Duly accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly on black or blue ink.

b. Latest passport.

c. One (1) photocopy of each of the data page/s of the passport.

d. Photocopy of any valid identification card where the middle name is fully spelled out, such as state4 ID, driver’s license, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Baptismal Certificate.

e. Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card (green card).

These requirements may vary depending on the host country of the Philippine Embassy you will be applying to.

4. But how about if the passport IS already expired?

If your passport got lost or is already expired and you need to travel back to the Philippines, you have to secure a Travel Document from the Philippine Embassy in your host country.

What is a Travel Document?

  • Travel documents are issued to Philippine nationals returning to the Philippines, who for one reason or another, have lost their passport or cannot be issued a regular passport.
  • It is also issued to Filipino citizens who are being sent back to the Philippines.
  • It is valid for a non-extendable period of thirty (30) days from date of issuance and only for a one-way direct travel to the Philippines.  It cannot be used for re-entry to the host country.

The travel Document can only be issued when:

  • The consular officer determines that its use is warranted by emergency/critical circumstances.
  • It cannot be used as a short cut in complying with the requirements for the renewal of a passport or the replacement of a lost passport.

Renewing your Philippine passport abroad may be the last thing you would want to do while on a trip, whether as a tourist or an overseas worker.  You can avoid this by simply making sure that your passport is kept up-to-date.  Until the law on the 10-year validity period for Philippine Passports has been ratified, we all need to exert a little more effort in making sure that our passports are updated and are not expiring anytime soon.

Sources:

http://www.dfa.gov.ph/2013-04-04-07-00-36

http://bangkokpe.dfa.gov.ph/consular-office/services/passport/travel-document

http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/philippines-dc/consular-services-dc/faq-dc/

http://www.pinoyhood.com/renew-passport-abroad/

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

ad

 

 

02-14

In June 2016, we shared the news on the government’s proposal to extend Passport and Driver’s License validity from 5 years and 3 years respectively, to 10 years for both.  Fast forward to eight months from the time the news broke out, the House of Representatives have submitted their approval to extend the lifespan of Philippine passports to 10 years!

The amendment of House Bill 4767, Section 10 of the RA 8239 (Philippine Passport Act of 1996) will positively impact OFWs, seafarers, and business people who travel often.  The government aims to help Pinoys save on time, effort, and money by extending passport validity to 10 years; this has also been the public’s clamor for a while now since the U.S. Embassy now grants 10-year multiple entry visas to Filipino applicants.

The bill has been transmitted to the Senate and will undergo three readings before the final decision is handed down.  The entire country awaits the approval and enactment of this proposition.

Tell us what you think about this latest update on Passport Validity.

Source:

http://www.rappler.com/nation/161366-house-approves-bill-extending-passport-validity-10-years?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral

Chips And Nibblers (1)

Closet Queen

 

ad

%d bloggers like this: