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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.

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

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New Requirements for Green Passport Renewal

Para sa lahat ng naka-schedule at nagbabalak pa lamang magpa renew ng kanilang Green o Machine Readable Passports, importanteng malaman na may bagong patakaran ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sa prosesong ito.

Simula noong Lunes, June 6, 2016, lahat ng domestic applications para sa renewal ng nasabing Green o Machine Readable Passports (MRP) ay mangangailangan ng mga karagdagang IDs at documentary requirements:

  • Ang aktwal na MRP o Green booklet passport
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • At least one (1) valid identification document.
  • Iba pang supporting documents (i.e. PSA Marriage Certificate kung married ang aplikante at ginagamit ang married name sa passport.)

Siguraduhing dala ninyo ang mga dokumentong ito sa araw ng inyong appointment para maiwasan ang delays sa inyong application for passport renewal.

Tandaan din na simula noong June 1, 2016, ang sino mang hindi sumipot sa araw at oras ng kanyang naktakdang appointment for passport application and renewal ay hindi mabibigyan ng pagkakataon na mag set ng panibagong appointment sa loob ng 30 araw.  Kaya’t markahan ang inyong mga kalendaryo ayon sa appointment na inyong hiniling online para maka-iwas sa abala.

Source: http://www.passport.com.ph/info/requirements/for/renewal

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Dedicated Passport Center for OFWs

Bilang pagpapahalaga at pagbibigay prayoridad sa ating mga kababayang OFW, ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ay maglalagay ng dedicated passport application center para sa mga OFW sa consular office sa Robinson’s Galleria.  Ito ay malapit lamang sa opisina ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Ang mga OFW ay hindi na kailangan pang mag set ng appointment para mag apply ng passport o magpa renew.  Bukas ang dedicated passport application center sa lahat ng mga OFW, kahit unang beses pa lamang niyang umalis o dati nang bumibiyahe para mag trabaho.

Habang hinihintay ang official launch ng nasabing passport application center, ang mga OFW ay patuloy na gagamit ng mga courtesy lanes sa mga DFA consular offices.

Isang paalala lamang sa mga OFW na naka schedule magpa renew ng kanilang passport:  Phased out na green-colored at machine-readable passports.  Kung ganito ang huling passport na gamit at ngayon ay ipapa-renew na, ituturing na New Application ang dapat sana’y renewal lamang.  Dahil dito, kailangang mag dala ng mga documentary requirements ang aplikante tulad ng PSA Birth Certificate at iba pang documents na naka lista sa DFA website.

I-share natin ang article na ito sa lahat n gating mga kamag-anak at kaibigan na nagpa-planong mangibang bansa para mag trabaho.

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568247/news/pinoyabroad/dfa-creates-dedicated-passport-center-for-ofws

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DFA Imposes 30

Setting an appointment with the DFA to apply for a new passport or have an old one renewed, is free of charge.  All you have to do is log on to the www.passport.com.ph website, choose a DFA branch nearest you, and block off your preferred date and time for the passport application.  It is a convenient means to secure your slot with the DFA and save yourself from waiting in line like before.

The DFA receives an average of 15,000 passport applications daily.  Sadly though, only about 53% of the appointments are fulfilled while the rest simply do not show up.  Essentially, the dates and hours these “no-shows” blocked off are wasted when it could have accommodated other passport applicants.  Since there are no fees involved in setting an appointment, anybody can just block off a schedule and then simply ignore it later on.  If they fail to make it to their original appointment, they can easily set another one, no sweat.  As a result, hundreds of applicants are left with no choice but to wait for as long as two months to be accommodated by the agency.

To address this issue, the DFA announced that those who will fail to show up for their set appointments will be barred from re-applying for 30 days.  This move aims to discourage applicants from taking their appointments for granted and not waste the available slots on the website.

The policy takes effect on June 1, 2016.

Help spread the news to your families and friends.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/567660/news/pinoyabroad/starting-june-1-no-show-passport-applicants-to-face-30-day-ban

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Online Scam

Ang mga balitang hindi gaanong magaganda ay karaniwan na nating naririnig o nakikita sa TV, radio, at sa internet. Madalas na balita ang holdup, nadukutan, nabudol-budol (panlilinlang), at kung ano-ano pa. Nagsisilbing warning ang mga ito sa mga hindi pa nakararanas; ikinu-kwento sa mga kaibigan at kapamilya para mabigyan din sila ng babala.

Ngunit minsan, gaano man ang gawin mong pag-iingat, mangyayari at mangyayari sa iyo ang mga bagay na pilit mo sanang iniiwasan. Minsan dahil sa sobrang pagtitiwala o dahil sa pagmamadali at kapabayaan.

Ganyan ang karanasan ng kaibigan kong si Manny nang mag tiwala siya sa isang nagpakilalang serbisyo na makakapag-bigay sa kanya ng kopya ng kanyang NSO Birth Certificate (NSO pa noon, PSA Birth Certificate na ngayon. Ang PSA ay ang Philippine Statistics Authority).

Papalapit na ang Pasko noon at gusto sanang dalhin ni Manny sa Hong Kong Disneyland ang kanyang mga anak. Kailangan niyang makakuha ng kopya ng PSA Birth Certificates para makakuha sila ng passports. Nakakita si Manny ng isang Facebook page kung saan maaaring mag order ng mga kopya ng PSA Birth Certificates. NSO Help Online ang pangalan ng serbisyo at sa halagang P350 bawat isa, maide-deliver na sa iyo ang mga documents. Hindi na nagdalawang isip pa si Manny at dito na nga siya nag order.

Nag fill-out siya ng online order form at sinabihan ng ka-chat niya sa NSO Help Online Facebook page na ipadala ang bayad sa Cebuana Pera Padala at ipangalan sa isang Ronald Guevarra. Umabot ng P700 ang orders ni Manny para sa dalawang birth certificates. Dalawa hanggang tatlong araw lang daw ay matatanggap na nila ang mga documents.

Ngunit sa kasawiang-palad, walang natanggap na birth certificates si Manny. Sinubukan niyang mag follow up sa Facebook page pero hindi na siya sinasagot. Na-realize ni Manny na hindi lehitimong serbisyo ang NSO Help Online. Sa kanyang research, nadiskubre niya na kinopya lang ng NSO Help Online ang mga logo at images ng NSOHelpline (ngayon ay PSAHelpline.ph) – isang serbisyo na authorized ng NSO (ngayon ay PSA) na tumanggap ng orders at mag deliver ng mga birth certificates.

Hindi na nabawi ni Manny ang naipadalang pera sa mga bogus operators ng NSO Help Online. At kahit na anong follow up pa ang gawin niya sa Facebook page, hindi na siya kailanman binalikan ng kausap niya.

Dahil nadala na si Manny sa online transactions, pinili niyang tumawag sa hotline ng PSAHelpline.ph para sa kaniyang birth certificate orders. Makalipas ang dalawang araw mula nang siya ay magbayad sa Metrobank, natanggap na nila ang kanilang mga birth certificates.

Para sa impormasyon nating lahat, narito ang link para makita ang NSO Help Online, ang nagpanggap na nagde-deliver ng PSA birth certificates.

Iwasang maging biktima ng online scamming. Kung balak mong mag transact online, ugaliing mag verify ng mga importanteng detalye tulad ng website pages, landline numbers, at partner companies. Maging sensitive din lalo na sa mga payment options na kanilang ibinibigay; ang mga lehitimong serbisyo ay kadalasang may corporate bank accounts at partner payment centers – hindi ka pagbabayarin sa personal bank accounts at money remittance centers basta-basta.

Marami nang proseso ang pinasimple ng teknolohiya at social media, ngunit marami din ang gumagamit nito para manamantala ng kapwa. Kaya’t kailangang maging mapanuri at maingat sa lahat ng transactions na gingawa natin online.

Ingat!

Passport for Dual Citizenship

In yesterday’s blog, we talked about the possibility of re-acquiring Filipino citizenship after becoming a naturalized citizen of another country. Such Pinoys have dual citizenship.

Today’s blog will focus on how a Filipino with dual citizenship can apply for his Philippine passport. Yes. They can have two passports – one from the country where they were naturalized and one from the Philippines.

Here’s how:

  1. Prepare the documentary requirements you will be needing; below is the list as published in www.passport.com.ph:
    • Duly accomplished passport application form
    • PSA Birth Certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) or
    • Certified True Copy (CTC) of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurry or unreadable.
    • If born abroad, Report of Birth Duly Authenticated by PSA.
    • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.
    • Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition.
    • Oath of Allegiance
    • Order of Approval
  2. List of acceptable IDs (at least 1 of the following):
    • Government –issued picture IDs such as the following:
      • Digitized SSS ID
      • Driver’s License
      • GSIS E-card
      • PRC ID
      • IBP ID
      • OWWA ID
      • Digitized BIR ID
      • Senior Citizen’s ID
      • Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)
    • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
      • Old college ID
      • Alumni ID
      • Old Employment IDs

You may proceed to the DFA Aseana for your Philippine passport application. Their address is: ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City. Best to inform the guard of the building that you are applying for a Philippine passport as a dual citizen so they can direct you to the office where you may transact.

Dual Citizenship

When a natural-born Filipino acquires citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country, he essentially “renounces” his Filipino citizenship. In August 2003, such Pinoys were given the option to re-acquire their Filipino citizenship by virtue of Republic Act No. 9225. They can file for a petition to re-acquire their Filipino citizenship, subject to the approval of the Consul General (if petition was applied abroad) or by the Commission of Immigration (if petition was applied in the Philippines). Once approved, they are granted dual citizenship – in their home country, the Philippines and in the country where they were naturalized.

What are the Benefits of Having Dual Citizenship?

a. They may now acquire real properties in the Philippines.

The new Philippine Constitution states that aliens (foreigners) are prohibited from owning real properties in the Philippines. The term “foreigners” or “aliens” include Filipinos who have acquired foreign citizenship through naturalization.

When you are granted dual citizenship, you essentially “re-acquire” your natural-born Filipino identity – you are again a Filipino citizen and therefore now have the right to own real properties and have these listed under your name.

b. Right to engage in business or practice profession.

This works best for Filipinos who intend to make the Philippines their place of retirement. Their dual citizenship will allow them to engage in businesses or maybe even seek employment.

c. Right to travel with a Philippine passport.

A blue passport (if you are a naturalized U.S. citizen) tells you that “you own the world” (it’s written on the attached letter when your US passport is delivered to you). And quite figuratively, you do! You can come and go to over 170 countries and territories without a visa or with visa on arrival – just hop on a plane and take off!

So what would you want a Philippine passport again for?

If you sought to re-acquire your Filipino citizenship, chances are, you are looking at staying in the Philippines for an extended period, invest on a business, work, or study here. And a Philippine passport will help you achieve these goals easier as it serves as a valid identification and reference of your citizenship (albeit reacquired).

d. Right to have citizenship benefits extended to one’s spouse/children.

A Filipino’s foreign spouse may be issued an immigrant visa so he / she can stay in the Philippines for good. Their children are likewise automatically awarded Filipino citizenships. Unlike when Filipinos migrate to the U.S. (for example), they will have to work and wait until they are able to successfully petition for the entry and residency of their children to the U.S. When a Pinoy reunites with his mother country, his immediate family is included in the picture without too much paperwork.

e. Right to vote and or hold public office.

These have become national topics as of late. If you wish to know more about these rights Balik-bayan Pinoys, you may visit the website of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas: http://www.cfo.gov.ph/

I would like to share with you the processes involved in re-acquiring Filipino citizenship; you can file your petition here in the Philippines or in the country where you are currently residing (and holding citizenship). Hope you find these of value.

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Dual Citizenship 2

What are the requirements when filing for re-acquisition of Filipino citizenship?

Here is the list provided in the CFO website (www.cfo.gov.ph)

  • Duly completed verified petition (R.A. 9225 Form No. 1)
  • Notarized Oath of Allegiance
  • Two (2) recent 2” x 2” colored photographs of the applicant (over white background)
  • Application fee
  • Proof as natural-born Filipino citizen, an original and photocopy of at least one of the following:
  • Photocopy of foreign passport
  • Photocopy of certificate of naturalization or an original affidavit stating how foreign citizenship was acquired.
  • Two (2) self-addressed and stamped legal-sized envelopes

Kung mahal mo, babalikan mo is a famous #hugotline from a popular teleserye in the Philippines. We know how much this means to us Pinoys, wherever we are in the world. There will always be a heartstring being tugged in us, no matter how far we’ve gone, pulling us back to where we came from.

Tomorrow, I will focus more on Pinoys with dual citizenship and how they can apply for a Philippine passport. See you then!

Parental Travel Permit

Paul and Becca’s relationship has always been shaky. Even while they were dating, they would have episodes of verbal and physical abuse, mostly inflicted by her to him than the opposite. They parted ways before graduating from college only to reunite a few years later when Becca’s mother passed away and she needed someone to lean on. Paul offered friendship but Becca wanted more. Paul obliged and the rest is history.

Shortly into their first year of getting back together, Becca gave birth to their daughter, Kathy. Paul had big plans for his young family and worked harder in the small restaurant business that he put up after college.

So he was really surprised when Becca announced that she is leaving him and will be moving back in with her siblings. At first, she took their baby with her and would not let Paul see her unless he has groceries and other supplies for their child. Later on, Becca would let Paul borrow Kathy during weekends and on trips to Paul’s side of the family. One unexpected day, Becca’s sister brought Kathy to Paul’s condominium, complete with the child’s clothes and other belongings. She said that Becca ran off with a guy she met at work and they do not know where she is. And that Paul needs to take in Kathy now that her mother is nowhere to be found.

Kathy grew up under her father’s care. Paul provided handsomely for his only child; now that Kathy is eight years old, he wants to take her to Hong Kong Disneyland and see Queen Elsa in person. Kathy is ecstatic and could not wait for summer vacation so she and Daddy can finally fly out.

There is one catch though.

Since Kathy is an illegitimate child, Paul needs to secure a Parental Travel Permit from Becca so he can be allowed to take Kathy out of the country for their vacation. But Becca is nowhere to be found. From the day Kathy was brought to Paul’s condominium almost eight years ago, they have not heard from Becca anymore. They went to Becca’s parents’ hometowns, to her friends and colleagues; Kathy even spent one whole summer vacation at Becca’s sister’s house in Laguna hoping that Becca would drop by, call, or send a letter or email. They searched through the internet and in every available social media channel where she may be maintaining an account. But all their efforts were futile.

No one knows where she is or if she is still alive. She has literally abandoned, not just her daughter and her family, but her entire life. She literally disappeared without a trace.

Paul is faced with a dilemma. How does he take Kathy to Disneyland without that Parental Travel Permit?

Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines states that the biological mother is vested with the sole parental right over her illegitimate child (or children). This is the reason why biological fathers need to seek the mother’s permission to take their children on out-of-town trips. But what if the mother has gone missing like in the case of Becca?

The fact that custody rights are given to mothers says a lot about the woman’s unique ability to nurture children and families. However, there are also cases when the mother is seen to be unfit to care for her kids. There are those who choose not to be responsible for raising their children and therefore, give up their custody rights to the biological father of their children (or any other family member, friends, or complete strangers as in the case of adoption) while others are compelled to give up their right because of personal circumstances that affect their abilities to mother their children. In such cases, the custody is given to the biological father – but not without a proper court order to support the transfer of custody rights.

That is exactly what Paul worked on in order to take his daughter to their dream vacation. He sought the services of a lawyer friend and together, they studied his situation and how they can be given a court order stating that Paul now has the sole custody over Kathy.

Fortunately for Paul, Becca’s siblings threw in their support for Kathy’s sake. They testified that their sister has not had any communication with them or with Kathy for almost eight years now. They heard somewhere that she has migrated to the U.S. but they have yet to confirm this news. They also confirmed that it was Paul who has been providing for Kathy’s education, shelter, and other basic needs ever since she was born.

Once Paul is granted that court order, he and Kathy can begin exploring the world. Both of them are hopeful that Paul’s petition would return positive results. If Paul is granted the custody, they would not even need a DSWD Travel Clearance if he and Kathy are traveling together.

For more information on Travel Clearance and Parental Travel Permits, please visit the DSWD website at www.dswd.gov.ph

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Pangkaraniwan ang kwento ng buhay nina Mavis at Tony. Si Tony ay anak ng mga American missionaries na dumalaw sa simbahan na kinabibilangan ni Mavis at ng kanyang pamilya. Natural-born U.S. citizen si Tony. Sa maikling panahon na inilagi niya sa Pilipinas, nahuli niya ang loob ni Mavis at hindi nag tagal, naging magkasintahan sila nito. Pinayuhan sila ng kanilang mga magulang na magtapos muna ng pag-aaral bago mag isip ng tungkol sa pag-ibig. Sinunod naman ng magkasintahan ang nais ng kanilang mga magulang; bumalik sa Amerika si Tony at si Mavis ay nagpatuloy sa kolehiyo sa Manila.

Nagta-trabaho na sa isang call center si Mavis nang bumalik si Tony sa Pilipinas. Isa na siyang Pastor at sinadya niyang magpa assign sa Manila para magkita silang muli ni Mavis. Napagpasyahan nilang ito na ang tamang panahon para lumagay sila sa tahimik kaya’t hindi na nag dalawang isip pa si Mavis nang yayain siya ni Tony na mag pakasal.

Bago ang kanilang first wedding anniversary, kinailangang bumalik ni Tony sa Amerika dahil nabalitaan nitong may sakit ang kaniyang ama. Naiwan si Mavis sa Pilipinas ngunit binilinan siya ni Tony na asiksuhin na niya ang kaniyang passport para maumpisahan na ang petition para sa kaniyang pag sunod sa Amerika.

Nag set ng appointment si Mavis sa www.passport.com.ph para sa kaniyang new passport application. Nakita niya na isa sa mga documentary requirements ay ang Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance mula sa Commission of Filipino Overseas o CFO. Bilang asawa ng foreign national at dahil nais na din gamitin ni Mavis ang apelido ni Tony sa kaniyang passport, kailangan niyang mag submit nito sa DFA para kasama ng iba pang documentary requirements.

Ano nga ba ang Guidance and Counseling Certificate mula sa Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO)?

Ang CFO ay nagbibigay ng seminar at counseling session para sa mga Filipino citizens na nakapag asawa ng foreign national. Ito ay isang paraan para matulungan ang mga Pilipino na may balak mag-migrate sa ibang bansa sa bisa ng kasal nila sa foreign national. Tinatalakay dito ang mga issue tungkol sa inter-marriage, migration, ang buhay at kultura sa ibang bansa, at iba pang related topics. Tumatagal ang seminar ng dalawang oras; pag natapos mo ito, bibigyan ka ng CFO Certificate of Attendance na siya mo namang ipapakita sa DFA kapag nag apply ka ng passport.

Kapag nakuha mo na ang iyong passport at visa, maaari ka nang mag register para sa Guidance and Counseling Certificate at makakuha ng CFO Emigrant Registration sticker. Ito ay ididikit sa iyong passport bilang patunay na natapos mo ang requirements mula sa CFO. Iche-check ito ng immigration officer sa araw ng pag-alis mo kaya’t siguraduhing kasama sa iyong hand-carry ang mga documents mula sa CFO (bukod sa iyong passport, tickets, at iba pang documents).

Narito ang mga requirements na kailangan mong ihanda bago ka makakuha ng Guidance and Counseling Certificate at CFO sticker:

  • Properly accomplished guidance and counseling forms
  • Two valid IDs with pictures
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (kung sa Pilipinas ikinasal)
  • Original and photocopy of Authenticated Marriage Contract by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate (kung sa ibang bansa ikinasal).
  • Counseling fee (P250)
  • Registration Fee (P400)
  • Additional supporting documents as may be required by CFO counselors.

Para sa kumpletong information tungkol sa mga location ng CFO offices at schedule ng mga Guidance and Counseling Programs, pumunta sa kanilang website . Kung nais mong mag attend ng Guidance and Counseling Program, kailangan mong mag set ng appointment online sa CFO website. Ang may mga confirmed online appointments lang ang ia-accommodate ng CFO para sa seminar.

Tulad ni Mavis, siguraduhing kumpleto ang iyong mga documentary requirements bago mag apply ng passport or mag renew.  May mga pagkakaiba sa mga requirements depende sa pakay ng byahe ng applicant kaya importanteng basahing mabuti ang mga information sa Passport Appointment System.

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When Gemma and PJ got married in 2008, they had to wait until 2009 before they were able to spend their honeymoon in the U.S. Gemma’s passport had to be renewed. She decided to wait until she has all her marriage documents with her because she wanted for her married name to appear on her new passport.

Her mom advised her that she actually has the option to use her maiden name in her Passport, but being the starry-eyed, brand new wife that she was then, she opted to use Geraldine Marie M. Gomez – Gomez being PJ’s last name. Before they celebrated their first wedding anniversary, they flew off to Florida for their much-awaited honeymoon; Gemma brandished her newly updated passport with her newly updated name on it. And since then, she and PJ would make it a point to explore a new country at least once every year.

Unfortunately, the honeymoon fever waned a bit too early for Gemma and PJ and in less than nine years of being married, they both decided to go their separate ways. It did not take long for PJ to find a new relationship while Gemma enjoyed the “single and ready to mingle” lifestyle she sorely missed.

The highlight of her new-found freedom would have been a week-long sojourn with her friends in Bali except that her passport was once again due for renewal. It was at this point when she realized that she wanted to begin dropping her husband’s last name and revert to her maiden name. She remembered her Mom’s advise that women have the option to use their maiden name in their passports and this was exactly what she tried to do when she applied for a passport renewal.

She was terribly surprised when the Department of Foreign Affairs told her that changing her name in her passport is not as easy as she thought it to be.

“But I thought I had the RIGHT to use whatever name I wanted on my passport, whether my maiden or married name?” Even while recovering from shock and disappointment, Gemma managed to listen intently to the DFA’s explanation:

Gemma was clearly referring to Article 370 of the New Civil Code of the Philippines which states that:

A married woman may use:

  1. Her maiden first name and surname and add her husband’s surname, or
  2. Her maiden first name and her husband’s surname or
  3. Her husband’s full name, but prefixing a word indicating that she is his wife, such as “Mrs.”

Unfortunately for Gemma, her decision to use her married name when she had her passport renewed disqualifies her from using Article 370 as basis to change her name on her passport. If she so wishes to use her maiden name, she will have to present a court decree to prove that her marriage to PJ has been annulled or they have been granted legal separation. (Other cases would be that the husband passed away, in which case she would have to present a valid PSA Death Certificate, or the husband obtained a foreign divorce against her.) Article 370 would have only worked in Gemma’s favor had she decided to retain her maiden name in her passport in spite of being married to PJ.

Gemma got her passport and used it to travel the world. It was her way of recovering from her failed marriage while contemplating on her next move. Her wish was granted when, on her 33rd birthday, PJ asked to see her to talk about legalizing their separation. They both decided to go for annulment and mutually agreed to cooperate to make the process easier for both of them. In less than three years, their annulment was granted and Gemma finally got to change her name in all of her identification cards and documents – she is now, once again, Geraldine Marie T. Mendoza.

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