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1 Jan 03 B

A CENOMARor Certificate of No Marriage is a primary documentary requirement for those who are planning to get married.  It serves as proof that you or your would-be spouse is legally single – never contracted marriage or a previous marriage has been annulled.  It basically tells you if you are free to marry another person.

The CENOMARfollows a 6-month validity period and may be needed as early as when you file your application for a marriage license.  There are two ways you can get a copy of your CENOMARfrom the PSA: you can either go directly to any PSA office near your area or you can order it online at PSAHelpline.ph and have it delivered to your home or office.

How to get your CENOMAR at the PSA:


  • Duly accomplished CENOMARapplication form.
  • Present at least one valid ID:
    • Company ID
    • SSS/GSIS/Philhealth/Pag-IBIG ID
    • Driver’s License
    • Passport
    • PRC ID
    • Senior Citizen’s ID
    • Voter’s ID
    • NBI Clearance
    • PhilPost ID
    • PWD ID
  • If you are getting the CENOMAR of another person, you need to present an authorization letter signed by the owner.
  • Prepare P210.00 per copy of CENOMAR as a processing/application fee.  Pay only at the PSA cashier and make sure you are issued a government receipt. Never transact with fixers.
  • The CENOMAR may be released to you on the same day or may take as long as 10 days.

How to get your CENOMAR online through PSAHelpline.ph

There are three ways you can order your PSA CENOMAR from PSAHelplinePSAHelpline:

A CENOMAR costs Php 465.00 when you order through PSAHelpline (through any of the above channels).  That amount already includes the processing and delivery fees.  You can pay right at the website using your Visa or Mastercard credit card or at any of their partner payment facilities:

  • PNB
  • Metrobank
  • BDO
  • Bayad Center
  • ecPay at 7-11 stores
  • Bancnet ATMs
  • TouchPay

When ordering online, make sure to provide all the complete and correct details of the owner of the CENOMAR, including the correct delivery address, a working email address, and mobile and landline numbers for quick coordination with the courier on the day of delivery.

While the website and chat facilities are user-friendly, you might want to pay closer attention to the delivery guidelines.  Due to the Data Privacy Act, the PSA has implemented stricter measures to ensure that these civil registry documents are only delivered to its rightful owners or their authorized representatives.

For your benefit, I am including the list of IDs and documents you need to be able to present to the courier upon delivery of your ordered CENOMAR:

What are the necessary requirements to be presented when receiving the documents upon delivery?

If the person receiving the document is the owner of legal age or any of the Authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter of legal age), he or she should present a signed valid original ID.

If the receiving party is not one of the authorized persons, he/she needs to present the following:

  • An original signed letter of authorization (LOA) from the certificate owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • To present a signed, valid, original ID of the owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • A photocopy of the signed, valid, original ID of the owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • A photocopy of the signed valid original ID of the authorized representative.

Again, don’t wait until the last minute before you get a copy of your PSA certificates.  Always keep a copy in your files because you never know when you might need it for your transactions.





12 Dec 26 - A

Prepare your documentary requirements for the Midwives’ licensure examinations as the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will start accepting the online processing of applications on January 8, 2020.  The easiest and most convenient way to get copies of your PSA birth and marriage certificates (which are primary requirements for online application) is by ordering through www.psahelpline.ph . You can order online through the website, or through their Facebook Messenger @PSAHelpline.phor by calling their 24/7 hotline at (02) 8737-1111.  They will deliver your PSA certificates so you don’t need to travel to a PSA office.

Here’s the complete list of requirements you need to have when applying for the PRC online processing:

  1. PSA birth certificate of the applicant.
  2. PSA marriage certificate (for married female applicants).
  3. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”.
  • Must have a record of 20 deliveries actually handled and signed by Supervisor/Tutor.
  • Signatory of cases should have undergone the training and Expanded Functions under RA 7392.
  • Signed by Principal or Dean and duly notarized.
  • 5 sutures and 5 IVF insertion.
  • Repeaters: Case requirements done more than 5 years ago shall be repeated (new cases shall be submitted).
  • If the applicant is a Registered Nurse:
    • PRC IC card/TOR/Board Certificate
    • Record of 20 deliveries actually handled with records of five sutures and five intravenous injections signed by Hospital Director or Municipal Health Officer and duly notarized.
    • Certificate of consent (from the hospital where cases were performed).
    • Certificate of training on Expanded Function on RA 7392 accredited by PRC CPD Council for Midwifery of Registered Midwife who supervised (graduate midwife and RN).
    • PRC ID License and Employee’s ID of the Supervising Registered Midwife.
    • PRC ID License and Employee’s ID of the Certifying Officer (must be a registered physician.
  1. Payment of P600.00
  2. Exam Date: April 5 and 6, 2020 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  3. Exam venues: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban.
  4. Deadline of Filing Applications: March 9, 2020.
  5. Target Date of Release of Exam Results: April 13, 2020.

Source: www.prc.gov.ph



12 Dec 19 (1)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) shall begin accepting the online processing of applications for the licensure exams for Chemical Engineers on February 6, 2020.  Take note of the required documents, fees, and schedules:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate of applicant
  2. PSA Marriage Certificate of married female applicants
  3. Transcript of Records with scanned pictures and remarks For Board Examination Purposes.
  4. Valid NBI Clearance – for first-timers and repeat takers.
  5. Payment – Php 900 (complete

As early as now, you may already get a copy of your PSA birth certificate and PSA marriage certificate to avoid the rush on January everyone’s rushing to get their civil registry documents.  And since it’s the holidays and traffic can get crazy, why not have your PSA certificates delivered to you instead?

My go-to site for my family’s PSA certificates (birth, marriage, death, CENOMAR) is the PSAHelpline.ph.  They accept orders online through their website, or through the Facebook Messenger, or over the phone.  They will take care of the processing of your papers with the PSA and then deliver these to your home or office.  I never had to take a leave from work whenever I need copies of our PSA birth certificates in the family (which is, at least twice a year) because all I do now is order online.  They even accept credit card payments!

If you want to know more about online PSA birth certificate ordering, visit their website here: www.psahelpline.ph


12 Dec 18

The online processing of applications for the Licensure Exams for Pharmacists will begin on January 24, 2020.  For your reference, below are the requirements for application:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate of applicant
  2. PSA Marriage Contract of married female applicants
  3. Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records with a scanned photo and remarks For Board Examination Purposes.
  4. Certificate of Internship program duly signed by the dean/program head.
    1. Daily Time Record (DTR)
    2. After three failures, Refresher Course.
  5. Good Moral Character Certificate from any of the following:
    1. Barangay
    2. School of Pharmacy
    3. Church
    4. Employer
  6. Valid NBI Clearance (first-time takes and repeaters)
  7. Fees:
    1. P900 – complete
  8. Last day of filing of applications: March 24, 2020
  9. Dates of Exams: April 26 and 27 (Sunday and Monday)
  10. Location of Exams: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban
  11. Target date of release of exam results: April 30, 2020

Do not wait until January to start completing your documents. As early as now, you can get a copy of your PSA certificates by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.  They can receive and process your orders even during the holidays!  If you order and pay now, you will receive your PSA certificates in 2 to 7 business days, delivered right at your doorstep.  I think this is the easiest and most convenient way to get your most important PSA documents now, instead of braving the crazy holiday traffic and waiting in line at PSA offices.

To place your order, just log on to www.psahelpline.ph or call them at (02) 8737-1111 or through Facebook Messenger @PSAHelpline.ph (like and follow them too for updates!).

Order now!

Source: www.prc.gov.ph


12 Dec 17

The online processing for applications for the Licensure Exams of Electronics Engineers will start on January 2, 2020.  Below is a list of requirements you need to prepare in time for the opening of applications:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate of Applicant
  2. PSA Marriage Certificate of married, female applicants.
  3. Transcript of Records with scanned picture of applicant.  The TOR must bear the remarks For Board Examination Purposes.
  4. Fees:
    1. Php 900 – complete
    2. Php 450 – conditioned/removal (one removal exam only, period not specified)
  5. Last day of filing of applications: March 24, 2020
  6. Date of Exams: April 26 and 27, 2020 (Sunday, Monday)
  7. Location of Exams: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Lucena, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga
  8. Target Date of Release of Exam Results: April 30, 2020

You can get copies of your PSA birth and marriage certificates now so you would be ready with the complete set of requirements by January 2.  Traveling or commuting during the holiday season can be such a hassle because of the traffic and mounting rates of TNVS cars!  I strongly suggest you just have your PSA certificates delivered to you by PSAHelpline.ph.  They accept orders even during weekends and holidays – you can get your documents in 2 to 7 business days!

You can call them at (02) 8-737-1111, or order online at www.psahelpline.ph, or order through their Facebook Messenger, just like and follow @PSAHelpline.ph on Facebook.

I have tried their services so many times and I am super satisfied because I get to save on time, effort, and money (I don’t need to pay for parking, gas, and I don’t need to take a leave from work!).

Call them now!

 Source: www.prc.gov.ph


9 Sept 23

The Department of Foreign Affairs applied some changes in the passport appointment system last year in order to make more room for more passport applicants.  Getting an appointment with the DFA has become so difficult for most Filipinos because the appointment slots get blocked off really fast.  It was found out that a significant number of people who reserved these slots never make good with their commitment, resulting to more and more people having to wait for a month or more just to get an appointment with the DFA.

Last year, the DFA tweaked the process a bit so that a passport applicant who reserves a slot online can confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee first.  In the past, you pay your passport fee after you have gone through the entire application or renewal process.  This was seen as one of the major reasons why appointment slots get booked right away and unused reservations remain blocked until the day of the person’s appointment (usually 30 to 60 days from the time it was reserved.). With the new process, an applicant is given only 48 hours, from the time he is generated a reference number, to confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee at any of the accredited payment partners of the DFA.  If he or she does not post any payment within the prescribed period, his appointment is canceled and is made free for others to reserve.

So how do you pay your passport fee so you don’t lose your reserved slot?  Read this:

  1. When you are done with the appointment setting process, click on the Proceed to Payment button on the screen.
  2. You will be taken to the newly launched Philippine passport ePayment portal, showing the total fee you need to pay and the authorized payment centers where you can make your payment.
  3. Click Proceed. You should receive an email with your reference number. Take note of this number or print it out and bring it with you when you make your payment at your chosen Payment Center.
  4. Below is a list of payment centers that you can choose from:
  • Bayad Center outlets
  • ECPay
  • PeraHub
  • Robinson’s Business Center and Department Stores
  • Waltermart Department Store
  • 7-11 Stores
  • USCC (Western Union)
  • Villarica Pawnshop
  • Other payment centers, as well as the credit/debit card payment facility, will be made available soon.

Other reminders when paying at Payment Centers:

  1. The paid passport fee is non-refundable. If you fail to make it to your appointment, you cannot re-schedule or demand a refund.
  2. The Payment Centers may charge you an additional P50 as a convenience fee.
  3. If you are paying for more than one passport appointment (ex: family appointment or group application), each person’s appointment will be assigned its own reference number. Payments for group applications will also be on a per reference number basis – you pay for each, not as a group.
  4. You may contact the ePayment Portal Help Desk at (02) 234-3488 or email them at info@passport.gov.ph

Keep your receipt after making the payment and make sure to bring it with you on your appointment and when you claim your passport.






9 Sept 3 (2)

As anticipated, the PSA began the pilot run for national ID registration last Sunday, September 1, 2019.  They are currently focused on having DSWD beneficiaries in Metro Manila registered to the national ID system.  Government employees, particularly the employees of the PSA are also counted in the pilot run.

According to the information we gathered from the PSA website, they are on track to have the national ID system fully operational for the mass registration expected to happen by mid-2020.  All Filipinos are expected to register and get their own national IDs in two years’ time; registration is expected to wrap up by mid-2022 for about 107 million Pinoys.

Requirements for national ID registration

  1. The PSA birth certificate remains to be one of the primary documentary requirements for the national ID registration. While it is true that other IDs are likewise accepted such as passports, UMID, GSIS, and SSS IDs, the fact still remains that not all Filipinos possess these IDs. Your birth certificate is still your best option and that is why it is foremost in the PSA’s list of acceptable documents for registration.
  2. Other acceptable IDs are:
  • Philippine ePassport issued by the DFA
  • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) card issued by the GSIS or SSS
  • Other equivalent identification documents as may be determined in the guidelines issued by the PSA.

This means that you are to bring your PSA birth certificate AND one government-issued ID with your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.).

If you do not have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you can use your passport, UMID, GSIS, or SSS IDs, plus one other government-issued ID (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.) as long as it has your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark.

Why do you need a national ID?

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity for all Filipinos and will allow access to government and private sector services and transactions.  It is expected to discourage and completely eliminate bureaucratic red tape as owners no longer need to provide most other forms of identification when transacting.

If you have a national ID, you also essentially have an ID for DSWD (if you are a beneficiary), PhilHealth, Social Security System, and Government Service Insurance System (if you are a government employee).  You will use your national ID for eligibility, services, and access to:

  • Social welfare and benefits granted by the government
  • Passports, driver’s licenses
  • Tax-related transactions
  • Admission in schools and government hospitals
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Registration and voting purposes
  • Transactions for employment purposes
  • Cardholder’s criminal records and clearances.

What it does not replace are:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • Passports
  • UMID (for social security transactions)

I will share with you how you can easily get a copy of your PSA birth certificate in my next blog.  Meantime, check out our previous blogs about the national ID:

National ID for Children Below 5 Years Old

List of Registration Centers Where You Can Get Your National ID

What Personal Information Will Be Placed In Your National ID?

What Are The Documentary Requirements For The National ID Registration?







9 Sept 2a

The pilot test for the national ID was launched by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) yesterday, September 1, 2019.  What are the important things we need to know about this new implementation?

Read on.

  1. The pilot test will run for four months, beginning September 1, 2019.
  2. The pilot test will be conducted for about 10,000 citizens in Metro Manila before other cities and provinces are included.
  3. Beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are first in line.  This includes senior citizens, persons with disability, mothers, and farmers.
  4. Employees of the PSA and selected bodies of government agencies will also form part of the first batch of registrants.
  5. The PSA will be bringing registration kits and will install satellite offices nationwide to accommodate all citizens identified to qualify for the pilot run.
  6. All information will be stored in the PSA database.  Biometric information is included.
  7. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will handle the printing of the national ID.
  8. Overall, the government is looking at registering about 107 million Filipinos by 2022.

Read more about the National ID here.





7 July 3

First of all, the act mandating 14th-month pay for Pinoy employees is still undergoing deliberation and has not been approved by Congress yet.  So the news saying that this has been approved already is fake.  So do not believe any post you see online telling you that this is now in effect.

Also, the bill has been pending with the House of Representatives Committee on Labor and Employment since August 15, 2018.  So it isn’t as if it is a brand new idea that the government thought of just now.  In the Senate, the bill has been pending with the committee since July 2016.

In order for the proposal to move ahead, it must be approved by both the House of Representatives and then submitted to the President for his approval.

I personally agree that employees must be granted a 14th -month pay, over and above the annual salary increases, bonuses, and allowances that our employers give us.  According to the government, the 14th-month pay shall help cover mid-year non-negotiable expenses such as tuition fees, hospitalization, home improvements, and the like.  The 13th-month pay is usually dedicated to Christmas expenses and almost never makes it to the first week of January.  And I can totally relate.

The bill states that the 13th-month pay should be given mid-year, not later than June 14th and the 14th month in place of the usual 13th-month pay, not later than December 24th.  The minimum amount must not be less than 1/12th of the basic salary of the employee in a calendar year; all employees that have rendered at least one month of service are entitled to the 14th-month pay.

Are you as excited as I am?

Reference: www.rappler.com


6 June 26_1

Did you know that employment figures improved in April (2019) and that more people had better job opportunities this year compared with April of 2018?

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recently reported the employment rates and it is encouraging to know that some 74,000 Filipinos landed jobs in the second quarter of this year.  Good news, eh?

We summarized the rest of the employment statistics for better appreciation. Read on below:

More men are unemployed than women.

  • Of the total unemployed persons, 62.7% are men, 37.3% are women.
  • 43.8% are from the 15 to 24-year-old age group
  • 30.9% are from the 25 to 34-year-old age group.

Among the unemployed persons in April 2019, 23.8% are college graduates, 10.7% are college undergraduates, and 26.4% completed junior high school.

Regions with the most number of unemployed residents:

  • ARMM – 9%
  • NCR – 6.3%
  • Ilocos Region – 5.9%
  • Bicol – 5.8%

Regions with the highest employment rates:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region – 97.1%
  • Cagayan Valley – 97%
  • Davao Region – 96.9%
  • Caraga – 96%

Workers were grouped into three broad sectors:

  • The services sector – 58.5%
  • Agriculture – 22.3%
  • Industry – 19.7%

Employed persons fall into any of these categories:

  1. Wage and salary workers – those who work in for private households, private establishments, government or government-controlled corporations, and those who work with pay in own family-operated farm or business. They make up 63.3% of the total employed population.
  2. Self-employed workers without any paid employee – 27.6% of the total employed in April 2019.
  3. Employers in own family-operated farm or business
  4. Unpaid family workers – 6.4% of the total employed in April 2019.

Of the total employed persons in April 2019, 67.6% are full-time workers or those that work for 40 hours or during the reference week while 31.3%  are part-time workers or those that work less than 40 hours per week.

Underemployment Statistics

Underemployed individuals are those that are employed but are still actively looking for other opportunities to make ends meet.

  • Underemployed individuals comprise 13.5% of the total workforce.
  • Underemployed persons who work for less than 40 hours in a week accounted for 60% of the total underemployed in April 2019.  This number is higher than the 52.6% that registered in the same month last year.

Labor Force Participation Rate

This is the number of people that are available for work as a percentage of the total population.  According to the PSA’s report, this is at 61.4% this year; a lot more impressive than last year’s 60.9% or January 2019’s 60.2%.

For more information on Philippine statistics, visit the PSA website www.psa.gov.ph and click on Statistics.


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