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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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June 19 (1)

It is that time of the year when dengue mosquitoes seem to be more active in hunting their prey.  Young and old alike can fall victim to these pesky insects that carry the deadly dengue virus.  It is no secret why emergency rooms are never without a patient exhibiting the early signs of dengue fever.

Does PhilHealth cover dengue fever cases?

Yes.  That is why it is important that you keep your PhilHealth account updated because you never know when serious illnesses might attack.

PhilHealth’s coverage for dengue fever is based on the severity of the patient’s case.  There are simple cases of dengue and there are those that are listed as severe.  PhilHealth coverage will always be based on the attending physician’s final diagnosis.  Below is the list of case rates for dengue fever:

DESCRIPTION

CASE RATE PROFESSIONAL FEE

HEALTH CARE INSTITUTION FEE

Dengue without warning signs: Dengue fever (DF) Dengue hemorrhagic fever Grades 1 and 2; Dengue hemorrhagic fever without warning signs. 10,000.00 3,000.00 7,000.00
Dengue with warning signs; Dengue hemorrhagic fever with warning signs. 10,000.00 3,000.00 7,000.00
Severe Dengue; Severe Dengue Fever; Severe Dengue hemorrhagic fever. 16,000.00 4,800.00 11,200.00

To avoid inconvenience and delays in your claims, make sure that your PhilHealth contributions are updated every month.  You never know when diseases may strike and your only assurance of financial assistance during times of emergency is a flawless record with PhilHealth.

Keep your homes and yards dengue-free and make sure that your children are protected against mosquito bites while they are in school or at play.

If you have questions about PhilHealth, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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June 14

My brother’s SSS account has been in question for quite a few years now due to a salary loan that has remained unpaid since 2009.  I told him about the ongoing loan restructuring program being offered by the SSS and advised him to take some time off from work so he can visit an SSS office and have his loan reviewed.  Problem is, he works for an international firm that requires him to travel out of the city, and sometimes out of the country, most of the time.  On the days that he is in Manila, he spends most of his time in the office catching up on his reports and other paper works.  Next week, he is scheduled to travel to Beijing and will not be back until September.

So how does one take advantage of the SSS Loan Restructuring Program if he is almost always out of the country, works abroad, or for some reason, is not able to physically visit an SSS office?

Good thing the SSS now accepts Letter of Authority from the applicant so he or she can simply send someone else to file his application through a representative.  All he has to do is send an email to the SSS informing the department that he intends to have his loans reviewed through a representative.

How does this work?  Read this!

Requirements for the Authorized Representative:

  1. Email request of the member-borrower.
  2. Scanned copy of the Letter of Authority.
  3. Scanned copy of two valid identifications cards of the member-borrower.
  4. Photocopies of two valid IDs of the authorized representative.
  5. Printed email showing both email addresses of the member-borrower and of the authorized representative.

Authorized representatives may also do the following in behalf of the member-borrower:

  1. Accomplish the LRP application form.
  2. Sign in “Conforme” portion of the Statement of Loan Balances for LRP and Disclosure Statement.
  3. Sign the promissory note.
  4. Receive the Notice of Approval.
  5. Pay the restructured loan based on the agreed term.

How about OFW members who also wish to avail of the SSS Loan Restructuring Program?

OFW members may personally file their applications at any SSS office in the country (if they are home) or have their spouse or relative file this for them.  If he or she is going to send a representative to do this for him, he needs to execute a Special Power of Attorney or SPA.

  1. The representative must bring two valid IDs, with one or both showing the representative’s signature and photo.
  2. Fill-out the Loan Restructuring Application form (MLP-01263) with black ink (only).
  3. Secure a copy of the Statement of Loan Balance for Loan Restructuring Program; you can get this at the nearest SSS branch in your area.
  4. Accomplish an Affidavit of Residency that will prove that you live or work in an area that is declared to have been under a state of calamity. Have the affidavit notarized. This is no longer required for members who already have a Calamity Loan or Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP).
  5. Submit all duly accomplished application forms and other requirements at the nearest SSS office or Foreign Office (if OFW is filing abroad).

The SSS has made the Loan Restructuring Program more accessible to everyone, so make sure to grab this opportunity to straighten out your loan accounts with the department.  This will help secure your future claims from the SSS, including and most especially, your pension.

Have a great day!

 

Reference: www.sss.gov.ph

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June 13

If you are planning to visit South Korea anytime soon, it is good to know that you no longer need to wait in line by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to get a visa.  Starting July 1, 2018, South Korea visitors may secure their visas through authorized travel agencies!

According to the Korean Embassy, the number of visa applicants increased from 90,000 in 2015 to 120,000 by the end of 2016.  As a result, the embassy is now never without visa applicants, waiting in line for their turn to submit their documents and be granted their visas.  Others who cannot be accommodated in the premises of the embassy have to wait under the sweltering heat of the sun until they are called inside for their turn.

In order to reduce the foot traffic in the embassy premises, applicants are now invited to submit their visa applications at any of the following authorized travel agencies:

  • Aboex Travel and Tours
  • Adventure International
  • Ark Travel Express, Inc.
  • Blue Horizons Travel and Tours, Inc.
  • Budget Travel and Tours, Inc.
  • Casto Travel Philippines, Inc.
  • City Travel and Tours Corporation
  • Come On Philippines Golf and Travel Agency, Inc.
  • Constellation Travels, Inc.
  • First United Travel, Inc.
  • Getaway Tours International Inc.
  • Grand Hope Travel, Inc.
  • H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp.
  • Hanatour Manila Inc.
  • HankookCeb Corp.
  • Horizon Travel and Tours, Inc.
  • International Journeys, Inc.
  • Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.
  • JTB Asia Pacific Philippine Corporation
  • KP Joeun Consultancy, Inc.
  • Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.
  • Marsman Drysdale Travel, Inc.
  • MNK Travel and Tours Corp.
  • North Star International Travel, Inc.
  • Pan Pacific Travel Corporation
  • Party-On Travel and Tour Community Inc.
  • Rajah Travel Corporation
  • Rakso Air Travel and Tours, Inc.
  • Reli Tours and Travel Company
  • Sharp Travel Service (Philippines) Inc.
  • Swire Travel Philippines, Inc.
  • The Baron Travel Corporation
  • Travel Pros
  • Travelservices, Inc.
  • Uni-Orient Travel, Inc.

Take note that beginning July 1, the Korean Embassy will only entertain walk-in applicants for the following:

  • Spouses and children of Koreans;
  • Holders of Visa Issuance Number;
  • Government employees with official business trips; and
  • Those with humanitarian reason to travel to Korea urgently.

Applicants for Temporary Visitor’s Visa will no longer be accepted.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/30/18/visa-application-for-korea-now-only-through-travel-agencies

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