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2 Feb 23

Last week, the President signed into law the bill that intends to automatically enroll every Filipino in the National Health Insurance Program or Republic Act No. 11223.  The program will be handled by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.

What can Filipinos look forward to with the new health law?

Every Pinoy is now considered to possess immediate eligibility and therefore, must have access to all aspects of health care including:

  1. Preventive Health Care:
    1. Wellness visits and standard immunizations
    2. Screenings for blood pressure, cancer, cholesterol, depression, obesity.
    3. Pediatric screenings for hearing, vision, and developmental disorders.
    4. Other similar procedures.
  2. Promotive Health Care
    1. Child and family nutrition
    2. Injury prevention
    3. Physical activities
    4. Smoking cessation programs
    5. Other similar procedures.
  3. Curative Health Care
    1. Chemotherapy
    2. Antibiotics
    3. Radiation therapy
    4. Dialysis treatment
    5. Surgeries
  4. Rehabilitative Health Care
    1. Physical and occupational therapy
    2. Speech-language pathology
    3. Psychiatric rehabilitation services
    4. Other similar procedures.
  5. Palliative Health Care
    1. For patients with chronic diseases and need oxygen support.
    2. End-stage heart failure
    3. Debilitating stroke
    4. Cancer that has spread beyond the original tumor/site.
    5. End-stage liver failure, kidney failure, or multi-system organ failure.
    6. End-stage HIV/AIDS that does not respond to anti-viral treatments.
    7. Other similar cases.
  6. Medical, dental, mental, and emergency health services

Patients needing such medical assistance (or any other type of assistance not mentioned above) would be registered with a primary health care provider of their choice and will be included in PhilHealth’s primary care benefits package.

In order for PhilHealth to sustain the demand for quality health care under the new law, membership rates will gradually increase by .5% annually.  This, too, shall cause income ceilings for contributions to go up by Php 10,000 per year.  Contributory members can look forward to getting more benefits as their premiums increase to encourage the able members to pay higher premiums.

What are your thoughts on the Universal Health Care law?  We’d be glad to know.

 

References:

www.doh.gov.ph

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2 Feb 22 (1)

The President intentionally signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on February 20, 2019, one day before it would have lapsed into law.  That is good news!

What do we need to know about the new law?  Read this:

Previously on Maternity Leaves:

  • Female employees were entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery.
  • Cesarean deliveries are allowed up to 78 days of paid leave.
  • This is granted to all female employees, regardless of marital status, and applies even if the pregnancy did not reach its full term (miscarriage).
  • The privilege may be enjoyed by a female employee until her fourth pregnancy, including miscarriages.

The Expanded Maternity Leave Act:

  • The law grants 105 days of paid maternity leave to all employed mothers.
  • With an option to extend the period for another 30 days without pay.
  • Maternity leave will be granted to women at every instance of pregnancy.

We shall update this post as soon as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) have been released by the DOLE.

Let us know your thoughts on this news.

References:

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net

https://www.philstar.com

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Do you have a problem with the entries in your birth date, month, or year in your birth certificate?  Like any other error, your birth date details are as vital because it indicates your age – a vital requirement for job applications, getting a driver’s license, school enrollment, and other transactions that have age requirements.  If your birth date details are erroneous or inaccurate, you have to have these corrected right away.

Here’s how:

  1. Wrong Birth Date

The owner may file a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error at the Local Civil Registry (LCR) where the birth record containing the day in the date of birth to be corrected is registered.

If the petitioner has migrated to another place within the Philippines and may no longer be practical for him to travel back to his birthplace, the petition may be filed with the LCR of the place where the petitioner is currently residing.

If the petitioner’s birth was reported abroad and is presently residing in the Philippines, the petition may be filed with the LCR of the place of residence following the procedures of the migrant petition.

  1. Wrong Birth Month

The process to correct a wrong birth month in your birth certificate is similar with correcting an incorrect birth date.

  1. Wrong Birth Year

This type of error in the birth certificate is not covered by R.A. No. 9048 or the Clerical Error Law of 2001.  Errors in the civil register pertaining to a person’s age (determined by the year of birth indicated in his birth certificate) need to undergo a court proceeding and with the aid of a lawyer.

Note that the fees for the amendment of wrong birth date and month that LCRs may charge may vary.  Always make sure that you pay only to the LCR cashier and that you are issued a government receipt after paying.  You will need this later on when claiming the first corrected copy of your birth certificate.

The fees and processes for the correction of an incorrect birth year will all depend on the attorney’s fees and LCR that shall handle the case.  Again, make sure you are paying only to the city hall cashier and are issued the necessary official receipt from the government.

We have a summary of solutions to the most common PSA birth certificate problems!  Read our blog, Common PSA Birth Certificate Problems (and their solutions!).

Reference: www.psa.gov.ph

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2 Feb 19

Another common birth certificate error involves the owner’s last name (family name).  This could either be blurred, misspelled, or missing (especially if the child is illegitimate).  Unlike first and middle names, correcting the last name can be complicated as some cases require the intervention of a lawyer or a court proceeding.

Today, we are going to feature four cases of last name issues on a birth certificate and how each can be addressed.

  1. Blurred Last Name

Solution 1: If the record of PSA is blurred, you may request the Local Civil Registrar to endorse a copy of your birth certificate with a clearer entry in the last name to the PSA.

Solution 2: If the record of the PSA and the civil registry are both blurred, file a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

Supporting Documents:

  • Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
  • Not less than two (2) private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voter’s affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS record, medical record, business records, driver’s license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI/police clearance, civil registry records of ascendants;
  • Notice/Certificate of Posting;
  • Payment of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000) as the filing fee.  For petitions filed abroad, a fee of USD 50.00 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
  • Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.
  1. Misspelled Last Name

If the cause of the error is clearly typographical, causing the last name to look and sound foolish, this can be corrected by filing a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

Supporting Documents:

  1. Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
  2. Not less than two (2) private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voter’s affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS record, medical record, business record, driver’s license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI/police clearance, civil registry records of ascendants;
  3. Notice/Certificate of Posting;
  4. Payment of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000) as the filing fee.  For petitions filed abroad, a fee of USD 50 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
  5. Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.

  1. No Last Name

If the last name in the birth certificate is blank, a supplemental report should be filed to supply the missing entry.

To supply the missing entry, an affidavit indicating the entry missed in the registration and the reasons why there was a failure in supplying the required entry.  Supporting documents should be provided to show the name of the child.

Supporting Documents:

To supply the missing entry, an affidavit indicating the entry missed in the registration and the reasons why there was a failure in supplying the required entry.  Other supporting documents should be provided to show the first name of the child.

Take note that the LCR or the PSA will advise you of the best course to take when having your birth certificate entries corrected, especially when the error involves your last name.  Always remember that there is a very big possibility that you will be endorsed to a lawyer and a court proceeding may be required to apply the needed corrections.

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

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2 Feb 18

There are two things that can go wrong when typing your middle name in your birth certificate:

  • It could be misspelled or
  • Your middle and last names may be interchanged so that your last name becomes your middle name and your middle name becomes your last name.

Incorrect entries in the middle name field in your birth certificate could cause problems and delays in your transactions.  Do not wait until the last minute until you have this corrected.  Here’s how:

  • Misspelled Middle Name
    • File a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of Republic Act 9048
    • You may file this at the Local Civil Registry (LCR) office of the city or municipality where the birth was registered (birthplace of the owner of the certificate).
    • If the petitioner is already residing in a different place (within the Philippines), he may file the petition at the LCR of the city or municipality of her current address.
    • If the petitioner was born abroad, he may file the petition at the Philippine Consulate where his birth was reported.
  •  Middle and Last Names were Interchanged
    • This is considered an error in encoding and can likewise be corrected by filing a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of RA 9048.
    • You may file this at the Local Civil Registry (LCR) office of the city or municipality where the birth was registered (birthplace of the owner of the certificate).
    • If the petitioner is already residing in a different place (within the Philippines), he may file the petition at the LCR of the city or municipality of her current address.
    • If the petitioner was born abroad, he may file the petition at the Philippine Consulate where his birth was reported.
  • Supporting Documents for Interchanged Middle and Last Names
    • Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
    • Not less than two private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voters’ affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS record, medical record, business record, drivers’ license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI/Police Clearance, civil registry records of ascendants;
    • Notice/Certificate of Posting;
    • Payment of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000.00) as filing fee.  For petitions filed abroad, a fee of USD 50.00 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
    • Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.

Stay tuned for more articles on how to correct common errors found in your PSA birth certificate.

Reference: www.psa.gov.ph

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2 Feb 11

I took the MRT last week and was surprised to see long lines of passengers (ladies mostly) waiting for their turn to surrender the bottled liquids in their bags.  I realized then that the MRT has truly implemented its stern policy against bringing liquid (all kinds!) inside the trains.  I wanted to make a u-turn and just try my luck hailing a taxi but I was already running late so with a broken heart, I opened my bag and let the lady guard take my cologne and small lotion bottle.

Among the passengers, was a young mother who had with her a bag filled with baby stuff, including 2 feeding bottles half-filled with water.  Her husband was with her, carrying their baby and they both pleaded with the lady guard to let them take their liquids.  The guard let them but not without taking the mom’s lotion which she insisted was for her baby – it was an expensive bottle of Aveeno.

I heard from the other passengers that the MRT has released a list of liquids that can be permitted inside its stations.  I did a research and am sharing this with all of you now, so you do not play tug-of-war with MRT guards when you find yourself lined up at an MRT station.

  1. Baby formula/breast milk in bottles.

This is only applicable if the mother passenger is traveling with the baby or child.  Otherwise, even the baby formula will have to be surrendered before you are permitted to enter the station.

  1. Drinking water to be used by the baby or child.

Again, the child must be with the passenger in order for the liquids to be permitted inside the station.

  1. All prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  2. Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with disabilities or health conditions.
  3. Life support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs.
  4. Items used to augment the body and for medical and cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras, or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids.
  5. Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medical-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

We all know that the reason the MRT has implemented such strict rules is to ensure the safety of its passengers, following the recent explosions that happened in Mindanao.  This is for our safety and so our cooperation is needed in order for the plan to work.

It may be inconvenient for most of us at this time but I personally think that the benefits far outweigh the cost of not carrying your favorite cologne whenever you take the MRT.

Let us know your thoughts.

 

Reference: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/07/19/mrt-releases-list-of-liquids-other-allowed-items-amid-ban-on-bottled-drinks

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2 Feb 06

Do not fall for social media posts saying that the creation and distribution of National IDs have already begun.  This is not true.

I chanced upon a Facebook post last month announcing that Filipinos may start claiming their IDs by December 2018, even citing a TV station as its source.  The post was shared more than 185,000 times.

This information is misleading.  We featured this same topic last month and based on our research, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the agency tasked to manage the National ID implementation, is still in the process of establishing the Philsys Registry Office (PRO).  The PRO shall then oversee the creation and management of the ID system.

In a recent interview with GMA News, the PSA reported that the registration for the first batch of Filipinos and resident aliens for National ID shall begin by the fourth quarter of 2019 and that no registration has started yet.

So do not believe everything that you see in your social media feed.  Always check with reliable sources such as the official pages of news networks, government agencies, and of course, the Master Citizen page!

Reference:

www.gmanetwork.com

www.psa.gov.ph

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1 jan 31

Good news for solo parents in Quezon City!

Every first and last Sunday of the month, solo parents shall be entitled to a 20% discount at restaurants, fast food chains, and other food establishments in Quezon City.  This is a new mandate of the Quezon City government in accordance with RA 8972 of Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.

A solo parent may avail of the discount by presenting his valid Solo Parent ID and if the bill does not exceed Php 2,000 for single or accumulated receipts from the same establishment within the day.  The discount, though, is only applicable in the Quezon City area but we are hoping that other cities and municipalities would follow QC’s initiative.

If you are a solo parent but still do not have a solo parent ID, here’s how you can get one.

 

Source: www.news.abs-cbn.com

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1 jan 30

We compiled all the frequently asked questions about car registration schedules, transfers, and fees, fines and penalties for late registration, and checking the authenticity of a vehicle’s OR and CR.  We are sharing these here today, as lifted from the website of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

  1. My plate number is MGE 123, when will I register?

You will register your vehicle in the first week of March.  Always remember:

The last digit of the plate number determines the registration month and the middle digit indicates the weekly deadline, presented as follows:

Last Digit of Plate Number (Monthly Schedule) Middle Digit of Plate Number Weekly Deadline (On Working Days of the Month)
1 – January

2 – February

3 – March

4 – April

5 – May

6 – June

7 – July

8 – August

9 – September

0 – October

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8

9 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

22 up to the last day of the month

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor vehicle registration may be renewed one month before, but not later than the last working day of the week indicated by the middle digit of the plate number.

  1. What if I want to change my motor vehicle plate, is it possible?

No, change of plate number is not allowed.  Under Batas Pambansa Blg. 43, the identification and letters of any motor vehicle number plate shall be permanently assigned to such motor vehicle during its lifetime.  The only acceptable change in plate assignment is when a change in the denomination is transacted/effected, i.e. from a private vehicle to for-hire or government to private, etc.

  1. My first registration was at LTO Makati, can I transfer my next registration at Caloocan D.O.?

Yes, you can transfer the registration of your motor vehicle at LTO Caloocan D.O. or to any LTO D.O. that is most convenient or accessible to you.  There will be an additional Php 100 charge for Change of Venue (CV) of your vehicle registration.

  1. How much is the fine for late registration?

There is a weekly fine for late registration of Php 200.00.  And for a month of delayed payment, the fine shall be 50% of the MVUC.

  1. I want to buy a second-hand motor vehicle. How can I be sure that the OR and CR are genuine?

Have both the Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR) verified for its authenticity at the LTO Property Section, East Avenue, Quezon City.

  1. What is an Originating District Office? What is a Transacting District Office?

An Originating District Office is the LTO where the first/initial registration of a motor vehicle, together with all the mandatory documentary requirements, was affected/transacted.  The transacting District Office is where you presently registered/transacted the renewal or miscellaneous transactions of your motor vehicle.

  1. What are the requirements and procedures needed in obtaining a duplicate CR/OR?

Initially, you need to secure a notarized affidavit of loss for the CR/OR and then present this to your Originating District Office.  Bring 2 valid IDs.

The OD office will issue you the duplicate CR/OR.

  1. What are the requirements and procedures needed in obtaining a duplicate plate and replacement of lost sticker?

The requirements for duplicate plate/replacement of stickers are the following:

  • Original Affidavit of Loss (mutilated)
  • Certified True Copy of CR/Original CR
  • Certified True Copy of OR/Original OR of latest payment of MVUC and other fees.
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Proof of Payment (OR) for the cost of replacement plate/duplicate plate/lost sticker.
  • For “For Hire” motor vehicles: Certification from LTFRB that plates have not been surrendered.
  • For sole proprietorship: Secretary’s Certificate or DTI certificate if the motor vehicle is in the name of a corporation.
  • PNP-HPG clearance.

If you have any questions about car registrations, send us a message and we will try our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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Last January 18, I personally filed my application for a Pag-IBIG Multi-purpose Loan (or salary loan) at the Pag-IBIG office in Intramuros, Manila.  This is actually the third time I renewed my loan but decided to write about it only now because of the significant improvement in speed and efficiency I experienced at this particular branch.  I was so happy and satisfied that I even took pictures of their newly refurbished office!

I hope today’s article could help you better prepare for your trip to a Pag-IBIG office.

What to do BEFORE going to Pag-IBIG:

  1. The first thing I did was ask for a Multi-purpose Loan Form from our office (it could be at your HR or finance department). I filled out the form and had two of my colleagues sign as witnesses (or co-makers). After that, I submitted it back to the head of our Finance Department for their verification and signature.

You can also download and print a copy of the form here.

  1. I was advised by our Finance Department to prepare a photocopy of the following before going to Pag-IBIG:
  • Front and back photocopies of 2 valid IDs (I photocopied my PhilHealth insurance card and my company ID)’
  • Photocopy of one-month pay slip (I used my December 2018 – always use the latest pay slip.)
  1. Bring the same IDs with you when you go to Pag-IBIG just in case they ask you to present it for verification. Make sure that your photocopies are clear and readable.

What to do DURING the application at Pag-IBIG:

  1. Upon entering the Pag-IBIG office, the lady at the receiving desk will ask you what is the purpose of your visit and check your documents. If your papers are complete, she will give you a number and will direct you to the counter that is processing your application. If your documents are incomplete, she will give you a list and will advise you to come back as soon as you have all the requirements ready.  In my case, I was given a number and was advised to proceed to counter 6.
  2. I only had to wait for about 10 minutes for my number to be called. In fact, way before it was my turn, the gentleman at the counter already asked for my documents and lined it up with the rest. When he called my number (D78), he checked that all my documents are accurately filled out and signed and then asked me to do the following:
  • Make 2 more photocopies of my IDs
  • Make 2 more photocopies of my payslip
  • Sign all photocopied sheets and submit all to him.
  1. When I headed back to his desk with the fresh prints, he reviewed my account in his computer. That was when I was able to take a peek at his screen and saw the total proceeds of my new loan. Remember, this is a loan renewal and I still had a few more months in my account before my previous loan is fully paid up.  Pag-IBIG allows loan renewal after six months of amortizing your first loan.
  2. He then handed me my Landbank ATM and told me to get a new number for the “Check Releasing” counter so I can get my card’s PIN. I said I already had the Citibank cash card (from my previous multi-purpose loans); he said that Pag-IBIG has since changed its partner bank for loan disbursement and now uses Landbank.
  3. I went back to the lady by the entrance of the building and asked for a new queuing number for the Check Releasing counter. When my number was called (which was no more than 5 minutes later), the lady at the Check Releasing counter told me to wait for 3 to 5 working days for the approval of my loan and the proceeds to be credited to my Landbank cash card.  She then advised me to carefully tear open the slip containing my card’s PIN and to change it as soon as I find a Landbank ATM.

That was the last process I had to go through.  I arrived at the Pag-IBIG office at 9:47AM and was done with my application by 10:27AM.  I was able to complete my errand in less than an hour on a Friday morning!  Now that’s pretty impressive, as far as transacting with government offices go.

What to do AFTER submitting your loan application:

Basically, all I had to do was wait for the third business day from the day I got my cash card.  Since I submitted my loan application on a Friday, I expected to be able to access my card on Wednesday of the following week.

I tried checking my balance on Wednesday morning (January 23) but I used a BDO ATM (the only one that is nearest to our office).  Sadly, I got a prompt that said: “Could not access card”, or something to that effect.  I waited a bit more and by lunchtime, I received a text message from PagIBIGFund telling me that my MPL application has been approved.  The message included the net proceeds of my loan and the amount of my monthly amortization and when it will start.

I immediately proceeded to a Landbank ATM to withdraw the cash.  It was only then that I realized the reason why I could not access the card from any other ATM: I had to change the PIN as it was the first time I was going to use it.

I did and then was able to check the actual contents of my account.  And so using my new PIN, I was able to withdraw my loan’s proceeds!  Exactly on the third business day after I submitted my loan application!

Based on the text message I received, I am to begin paying for my loan on April 15, 2019.  That means that my January to March pay slips will reflect that I have already paid up my previous Pag-IBIG salary loan (so expect to see a slightly higher amount in my ATM until before April).  Since this is a salary loan, I leave it up to our Finance department to process the necessary deductions and remittance to Pag-IBIG.

Easy does it, huh?  Below are the actual photos I took during my loan application.  Sorry, I am truly not a very good photographer.

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This is the main entrance of the Pag-IBIG office in Intramuros.  Their address is: Postigo Street, Intramuros, Manila.  It is a stone’s throw away from the COMELEC headquarters.

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This is basically how the waiting area looks like now; no more long lines of people waiting for their numbers to be called, nor monobloc chairs that were really uncomfortable if you have to sit for long hours.  The room is well-lit and air-conditioned; you really would not mind waiting as it was truly comfortable inside.

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multi-purpose loan application

This was one of the three counters dedicated to assisting and processing applications for MPL (multi-purpose loans).  I was assigned to counter 7 though.

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While I was waiting for my number to be called at the “Check Releasing” desk (this was the last step of the MPL application where I will be given my card’s PIN), I took a picture of the counters right beside me.  These are new counters built for members who are making voluntary contributions and other payments for the Pag-IBIG memberships and loans.  See how organized and roomy it is now?

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And here is a photo I took right before I was called for my PIN.  The lady behind that counter happily accommodated my last-minute questions about my loan.

Overall, my experience at the “newly refurbished” office of the Pag-IBIG in Intramuros was remarkable.  I remember visiting this same office in December 2017 and we had to spend the whole day there just to file our MPLs.  It was humid inside and people were grabbing on to chairs as there were not enough available to accommodate the crowd.  The scenario last January 18 was a far cry from my 2017 visit and I am truly impressed.

If you have any questions about Pag-IBIG, you may call their hotline at 02-724-4244.  They are available 24×7.

 

 

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