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Sept 12

Securing an appointment with the DFA to apply for a passport or have your old one renewed has proven to be quite a challenge for most.  Good thing the DFA has made courtesy lanes available for certain types of applicants.

Here is the list of requirements in order to be eligible for the DFA’s courtesy lanes:

  1. Senior Citizens (60 years old and over).
  • Senior citizens are allowed one companion.
  • The companion of the senior citizen must be an immediate family member (i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, and children-in-law of the senior citizen and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the senior citizen to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. People with disabilities (PWDs) with proof of disability.
  • PWD is allowed one (1) companion.
  • The companion of the PWD must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, parents-in-law, and children-in-law of the PWD and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the PWD to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. Solo parent with valid solo parent card, and his/her minor children.
  2. Minors seven years old and below and his/her parents and minor siblings.
  3. Pregnant women
  • If pregnancy is not visible, the applicant must present medical certificate/records.
  1. Overseas Filipino Workers (Land and Sea-based) with valid proof of status, such as:
  • Valid iDOLE card
  • Valid employment contract
  • Valid work visa
  • Seaman’s book stamped at international border less than 365 days from the date of application.

Senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, and their minor children, pregnant women, and OFWs have the option to choose from regular or expedited processing of their passport application.

The companion of the senior citizens and PWDs, minors seven years old and below, their parents and minor siblings, are to be assessed expedited processing fee because they are not entitled to use the courtesy lane; they are accommodated for their convenience.

All applications made on Saturdays – whether those entitled to use the Courtesy Lane Facility or those accommodated for their convenience – shall be assessed expedited processing fees based on the relevant provision of the Passport Act.

 

Source: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph

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Sept 06

Sa October 1, 2018, ang lahat ng PhilHealth members ay dapat nakakumpleto ng hindi bababa sa 9 months na contributions sa loob ng 12 months BEFORE or BAGO ang hospital confinement, upang magamit ang kanilang mga benepisyo.  Ito ang 9/12 rule na papalit sa 3/6 (3 months paid contributions within the last 6 months prior to confinement) rule na kasalukuyang sinusunod ng mga members at mga hospitals.

Paano ang pagbilang ng 9 months sa 9/12 rule?

Kung ang date of confinement mo ay October 2, 2018 (isang araw matapos mag effect ang 9/12 rule), bumilang ka ng 12 months pabalik, kasama ang buwan ng confinement (October).

  • 12 months: October 2018 to November 2017
  • Kailangang bayad ang contributions ng 9 na buwan between October 2018 to November 2017,
  • Hindi kailangang consecutive o sunod-sunod na buwan ang bayad; basta’t nakabuo ng at least 9 months na premium payments, eligible ang miyembro sa PhilHealth benefits.

Para sa lahat ng types ng PhilHealth members ba ang 9/12 rule?

Ito ay applicable sa lahat ng uri ng members MALIBAN SA MGA SUMUSUNOD:

  • Members na may Validity Dates ang PhilHealth cards tulad ng mga Sponsored Members, Land-based OFWs, at Indigent Members.

Magkano ang monthly PhilHealth contributions ng mga Individual Payors?

Mananatili sa Php 200 per month ang required monthly contribution (para sa P2,400 annually) at Php 300 per month (para sa Php 3,600 annually).

Ang mga employed, seafarers, at kasambahay members lamang ang nag increase ang monthly premium payments.

Tandaan:

Hindi tatanggapin ng PhilHealth ang same day settlement o ang mga miyembro na nag bayad ng kanilang contribution (para mabuo ang 9 months) sa mismong araw ng confinement.  Ibig sabihin, kahit nagbayad ka ng umaga ng October 2, 2018 at ikaw ma-admit sa hospital ng gabi ng parehong araw, hindi ico-consider ng PhilHealth na nakatupad ka sa 9/12 rule.  Kaya’t importanteng regular na nakakapag bayad ng contributions buwan-buwan para laging siguradong eligible ka, ano man ang mangyari.

Ang 9/12 rule ay mag-uumpisa sa October 1, 2018.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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Aug 22

Even Filipinos who work abroad, whether land-based or sea-based, must be covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.

Here is a quick guide that can help OFWs stay updated on their membership:

How to register for membership:

  1. If currently in the Philippines:
  • Visit the nearest PhilHealth Regional Office, Local Health Insurance Office, PhilHealth Business Center, or PhilHealth Express outlet in your area.
  1. If currently overseas:
  • Visit any branch of the PhilHealth accredited collecting partners, iRemit, and Ventaja Corporation.
  • Access the Electronic Registration facility and follow the step-by-step procedure.
  • Download the PhilHealth Member Registration Form, fill out, and email to ofp@philhealth.gov.ph

Checking one’s Member Data Record:

To verify if your PhilHealth Member Data Record contains updated information about your membership profile and your list of qualified dependents, click on the Member Inquiry icon under the Online Services section, follow the log-in procedures and check on the accuracy of your member data.

Updating the Member Data Record

  1. Download the PhilHealth Member Registration Form.
  2. Click FOR UPDATING on the upper right-hand side of the form.
  3. Indicate the necessary revisions.
  4. Email the accomplished form to ofp@philhealth.gov.ph
  5. Await via email a copy of your updated Member Data Record.

Premium Contribution Rates

  1. For land-based OFW:
  • Based on the amount prescribed by the PhilHealth.
  • Minimum current rate is Php 2,400 per year.
  • This can be paid in advance for two years to five years, or depending on the duration of the employment contract with the overseas employer.
  1. For sea-based OFW:
    • The premium contribution rate is salary-based following the premium schedule for the Formal Economy.

Where to pay premium contributions:

  • Premium payments can be made overseas through any PhilHealth accredited collecting agents and tie-ups.
  • Payments may also be made at any accredited collecting partners in the Philippines or through PhilHealth Counter at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (Ortigas Ave., Mandaluyong City).

Notes for Filipino Seafarers

PhilHealth coverage need not end when your contract with manning agency ends.  If vacationing in the Philippines while waiting for contract renewal, sea-based OFW members should pay their premium contributions to ensure benefits availment should the need arises.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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Aug 15

Every cloud has a silver lining.

This adage could not have been more real (or literal!) to SSS and GSIS members whose properties, sources of income, and places of work have been devastated by the recent typhoons and monsoon rains that flooded areas in Metro Manila and Luzon provinces this weekend.

Last Monday, August 13, the SSS announced that they shall be accepting calamity loan applications for members who have been adversely affected by typhoons Henry, Inday, Josie, and the monsoon rains experienced last month and last weekend.  A qualified member may be granted up to Php 16,000 calamity loan while pensioners may receive up to three months’ worth of their monthly pension.

On the other hand, GSIS invites its government employee members to avail of the consolidated loan program which is equivalent to a member’s three to 14 months’ combined salary.

If your home or place of work is affected by the recent typhoons and monsoon rains, you may want to call or visit a GSIS or SSS office to inquire about your loan privileges.

Source: www.news.abs-cbn.com

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Aug 06

If you are still wondering when you can possibly land an appointment slot to get your passport renewed, or are clueless about getting a document authenticated by the DFA, then you can consider this article as heaven-sent.  All the answers to our questions about passports are in here – straight from the DFA.

Read on!

(The Passport and Red Ribbon FAQs were first published on the DFA website in June 2018.)

Passport Appointment

  1. When will slots be opened? Why are there no available appointment slots?

Appointment slots for July to September 2018 are still available.  If you do not see available online appointment slots, it does not necessarily mean that they have been completely taken up.

Please CLICK REFRESH as online appointments become available from time to time.  Or you can CHECK THE NEXT OPENING as slots for July to September 2018 are made available at 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays.

  1. How can I set an appointment? / Can I set my appointment here at the DFA Facebook page? / Do I still need to set an appointment for renewal?

You need to set an online appointment at http://www.passport.gov.ph.

Appointment cannot be made on Facebook or any other platform.

All appointments are free.  Appointments not made through http://passport.gov.ph are not legitimate appointments.

  1. I made a mistake in filling out my application form. Will this affect my application? Will my appointment be cancelled?

The application form may be corrected based on your documents on the day of your appointment.  Please tell the passport processor about it.

Please be reminded that any incorrect information that is inputted in the application form may result in delay in your application.  Any misrepresentation on your part may be considered grounds for refusal or cancellation of your appointment.

  1. My passport will expire on (date). Can I renew it now?

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from date of departure.  We suggest that you renew your passport 10 months before the date of expiration.

  1. I lost my passport, what should I do?

An appointment is necessary for ALL lost passports and applicants will need to submit documents required of first time applicants.

In case of lost or stolen VALID passport, you will be required further to submit a Police Report and Affidavit of Loss.  There will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of application for the replacement of a lost valid passport.

In case of lost EXPIRED passport, you will be required further to submit an Affidavit of Loss; a Police Report is no longer necessary.

  1. How much is the passport processing fee? How long will the processing take?

Passport processing fees for both new applications and renewal are as follows:

Regular Processing – P 950.00

Expedited Processing – P 1,200.00

Penalty for Lost and Mutilated Passports – P 350.00

For applications made at Consular Offices in Metro Manila, processing and releasing of passport take 15 working days for regular processing and 7 working days for expedited processing.

For areas outside Metro Manila, processing and releasing of passports take 20 working days for regular processing and 10 working days for expedited processing.

For all Philippine Foreign Service Posts, processing and releasing of passports take around 4-6 weeks.  The above timetables do not include courier delivery.

  1. Where can I find my appointment code?

The appointment code would be sent to the email you used in the application form.

Please also check for the appointment code in the spam folder or trash folder in your email as your email provider may direct it to these folders.  If you have not received it, you may contact the Appointment Hotline for assistance (02) 234-3488.

  1. Can I reschedule my appointment? How do I reschedule my appointment?

Yes, you can reschedule your confirmed appointment by clicking the reschedule button.

Please note that:

  • You can only reschedule weekday appointment to another weekday;
  • You can only reschedule once; and
  • Rescheduling is subject to availability of appointment slots.
  1. Can I come late to my appointment?

No.  Please be at the site no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

  1. What will happen to my passport appointment if for any reason the date was declared a non-working day?

DFA will reschedule your appointment and will issue an advisory for the purpose.

  1. Can I cancel my appointment?

Yes, you may cancel your appointment by clicking https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment/view

Please be reminded that by cancelling your appointment you forfeit your payment.

  1. If I have an important/urgent travel, may I be accommodated at the courtesy lane?

Yes, but subject to the evaluation by the consular officer of the proof of the importance/urgency of your travel.

Passport Requirements

  1. What are the requirements for new applications? / What are the requirements for passport renewal?

You may refer to these links for the requirements:

For Adult New Applicants: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/new-application-adult

For Adult Renewal: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal-adult

For Minor New Applicants: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/newapplication-minor

For Minor Renewal: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal-minor

  1. Will my Postal ID, TIN ID, or PhilHealth ID be accepted in applying for a passport?

The Postal ID, TIN ID, and PhilHealth ID are not accepted as valid IDs for passport application purposes.

Here is the link for the accepted government-issued IDs: https://www.dfa.gov.ph/100-passport-information/141-list-of-acceptable-ids-at-least-1-of-the-following

  1. I am currently abroad, can my mom/representative accompany my minor child for his / her passport application?

Yes, a representative may accompany a minor child in applying for a passport.

For the requirements needed for children not accompanied by parents during the application process, please visit: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/new-application-minor

  1. Can I apply for a passport even though there are mistakes/missing entries in my birth certificate?

By law, the entries in the birth certificate should be followed.  If there is a mistake or missing entry in the birth certificate, the mistake should be corrected and the missing entry supplied prior to applying for a passport.

Please refer to https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions for the requirements and procedure.

  1. Is NSO still accepted? Should I get a PSA copy?

Yes, NSO copies of certificates are still accepted.

  1. Is NBI Clearance required for passport application?

NBI Clearance is only a supporting document for certain cases.  Please refer to this link for the requirements: https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport.

  1. Will my IDs with my maiden name be accepted?

Yes, you may still use your IDs with your maiden name in applying for a passport, as long as you present your marriage conract.

  1. What are your operating hours? (depending on consular office)

DFA Aseana

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. (Monday to Friday)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. (Saturday)

Mall-based Cos

  • Generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)

Cos Tuguegarao and Zamboanga

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Tomorrow, we will feature all the answers for Passport On Wheels and Red Ribbon Authentication at the DFA.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

 

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July 12

A child must be registered at the Local Civil Registry office within 30 days after his birth.  If the parents fail to do that, the child will not have a valid birth certificate and there will be no basis for the details of his birth.

If you register your child beyond the 30-day deadline, his birth certificate will be tagged “Delayed Registration” or “Late Registration”.  Apart from the customary information you need to provide on the certificate such as the name, birth date and birthplace, and parents’ information, you also need to state why you failed to register the child’s birth on time.

Any person who has never had a birth certificate may file for the late registration of his birth, anytime.  What is important is that you be able to secure an authenticated copy of the birth certificate, making sure that you are properly registered as a citizen of the Philippines.

If you want to know more about late registration of birth, here is a comprehensive article we found in the Citizen Services website.

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Jul 12a

The Social Security System (SSS) recently announced the availability of its Online Appointment System.  SSS welcomes members who are retiring or have retired from their private employment and wish to file their claims to use the appointment system in creating their schedule to visit an SSS office.  This will help them escape the long lines of SSS members transacting at the different branches, enabling them to accomplish their purpose with less hassle and wait time.

This facility is available for members who have:

  • An existing My.SSS account but could not file their retirement claim online.
  • At least 120 monthly contributions prior to the semester of the month of submission of the retirement application.
  • At least sixty (60) years old and separated from employment or has ceased to be self-employed except for underground/surface mineworker or racehorse jockey.
  • Already applied for retirement benefit but still has to submit additional documentary requirements.

The Online Appointment System is dedicated to retirees who are unable to file their retirement claims online.

If you still do not have My.SSS online account, you can create one by visiting the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph.  You may also call the SSS Call Center at 02-920-6446 to 55 or email member_relations@sss.gov.ph.

Source: www.sss.gov.ph

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July 10

I always thought that if a child is born out of wedlock, the baby automatically carries its mother’s maiden last name (while his middle name is left blank, otherwise, the baby and the mom will appear to be siblings).  Only when the baby’s parents marry will the child have the legal right to adopt the father’s last name.

Apparently, this is not always the case.  Some children are able to carry their father’s last name on their birth certificate even if their parents are not yet married.

How is this possible?

Citizen Services’ Bright Baby has the answer. Click this link!

July 09 (1)

Any misspelled entry in your child’s birth records can and will cause him a lot of trouble in the future.  It is always best to have these corrected as soon as possible to avoid inconsistencies in your child’s records, especially when he starts going to school.

There are two types of corrections that can be done on any erroneous birth certificate: the types of corrections that can be rectified by the LCR through a petition for correction of clerical error, and the ones that need to undergo a court proceeding (in which case, you may have to hire the services of a lawyer).  If the correction is a typo error, the LCR will only require you to file a petition for correction where you only need to execute an affidavit, pay minimal fees, and wait for the LCR to release the corrected copy of the certificate.  If the case involves changing the name, or if the correction will result to a new name altogether (example: the child’s name is Michelle, but the name on the birth certificate is Richelle which is also a valid name, changing the “R” to an “M” will result to a new name), the LCR may recommend for a Change of Name (instead of a simple petition for correction) and therefore, the petitioners will have to go through the whole nine yards – filing the case, court hearings, attorney’s fees, and the like.

I found a website that can help you better understand the intricacies of correcting errors in your child’s birth certificate.  This site has helped me and a lot of my relatives address minor glitches in our civil registry records.  If you have any problems with your child’s birth records, visit www.citizenservices.com.ph  or better yet, click this link that will take you directly to their article on correcting baby’s names.

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July 03

The DFA has made some changes in the usual process of reserving an appointment slot for your passport application (or renewal).  If you are setting an appointment at any of the DFA offices and satellite branches within Metro Manila, you will be required to pay for your passport fee using the DFA ePayment Portal before the system secures your slot.

If you want to know more about this new process (and to save you the hassle of running back and forth because you “were not informed”), click this link that will take you to the complete step-by-step procedure.  This is a website I discovered in one of my many. many research and realized that they have everything I need to know about my government-issued IDs such as my passport.

Take note that this is applicable for Metro Manila appointments for now; the DFA is working at having this implemented in the entire country within the year.

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