Tag Archive: PSA Marriage Certificate


Jan 18

Back in the day, passport applicants are required to bring copies of their 2×2 ID photos when applying for their Philippine passports.  Restrictions are limited to the type of shirt you should be wearing on the photo (with collar) and the background should be white.  Applicants are also advised to avoid wearing accessories such as eyeglasses and earrings that may cause huge differences from their actual physical appearance.

Now, all you need to do is personally appear at your preferred DFA branch on the date of your appointment.  All your biometrics: photos, fingerprints, and signatures will be taken onsite and in the presence of a DFA representative.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your passport photo-op and other biometric requirements:

  1. Your Pose.

The interviews and document evaluation will be done while you sit across a DFA representative in a booth.  Right beside you is a DLSR camera, aimed at your face.  When advised by the representative, look directly at the camera lens.  Your “selfie angle” may not meet the DFA’s photo requirements so avoid tilting your head in any direction.  Your mouth and the bridge of your nose should form an imaginary vertical line at the center of the image.

  1. Your Expression.

Avoid smiling too much or frowning too much; do not raise your eyebrows nor squint your eyes or any other facial expression that may alter your natural look.  Your expression should be neutral, both eyes open and mouth closed.  Your forehead must be clearly seen without hair covering any part of your eyes or cheeks.

  1. Smiling.

You may smile but careful you do not show your teeth and gums!

  1. Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Remove your eyeglasses before you pose for your passport photo.  If you use contact lenses for medical reasons, you may leave it on provided these are not colored contacts.  Otherwise, you may be advised by the representative to remove the contacts before they take your photo.

  1. Ears.

Both ears should be visible.  Tuck your hair behind your ears if you have to.

  1. Earrings and Hair Accessories

Remove hair accessories before posing for your photo.  If you keep an unconventional hairstyle (afro, frizzy, out-of-bed-look), please make sure it is neatly kept for your passport appointment.

Any type of earring is not allowed.

  1. Infants and small children.

Babies and toddlers who are still unable to support themselves should be assisted by a parent or guardian.  They can hold the child but their hands and arms should not be visible in the photo.  If you need a high chair for your baby, you may request from a DFA staff while waiting for your turn to give them time to look for one.

The DFA enforces strict rules on dress codes, whether you are applying for a passport or claiming one.  When I visited the DFA in SM Manila two years ago, there was a young lady who wanted to claim her passport but was denied entry because she was wearing a mini-skirt.  She had to find a scarf that was large enough to cover her legs until below the knee before the guards allowed her to come in.

If you have questions about passport application, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 16 (1)

There is a better and more efficient means to get PSA documents (birth, marriage, CENOMAR, death) and that is by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.  It works just like any other online retail facility where you simply choose the item you need, place it in your virtual cart, pay, and then wait for the order to arrive.

What PSA certificates can you order online?

You may request for copies of birth, marriage, death, and Certificate of No Marriage or CENOMAR.  Simply click on the ORDER NOW! button found on the site’s homepage, and then choose the document you need.

I only need the document for my files.  Can I still request online or is this facility only for those who are in a hurry?

PSAHelpline.ph is for everyone, especially those who do not have time to travel to or visit a PSA office. The site offers several reasons for requesting a PSA certificate; however, if you are requesting for personal purposes, you may simply choose ETC. (others) and specify that you need it for your files.

What personal information are required when placing an order?

Your first, middle, and last names are required, as well as your gender, birthday, birthplace, and birth right.  You will also be asked for your parents’ names so if you are not familiar with the spellings, better do an advance research to avoid discrepancies in your submitted application.

Have you had any legal proceedings done to your birth certificate?

Legal proceedings include:

1. Correction of entry

Your birth certificate underwent “Correction of Entry” if you had a name spelling or birth date corrected.  There should be an annotation in your birth certificate to show the correct entries; you will not be issued a new copy of your birth certificate.

2. Legitimation

If a child is born out of wedlock, his birth right will show that he is illegitimate.  When his biological parents marry afterwards, they have the option to file for Legitimation Due To Subsequent Marriage.  This process changes the child’s birth right from illegitimate to legitimate; the child may now rightfully use his father’s last name.

3. Adoption

After due adoption process, annotations will be affixed to the adopted child’s birth certificate.

4. Court Hearings

Common reasons why a person’s birth certificate undergoes legal proceedings is changing of middle and last names.  The changes will appear as annotations on the birth certificate.

5. Supplemental Report

If there are fields left blank in your birth certificate, it will be issued a Supplemental Report in order to supply the missing entries.  These will reflect as annotations on the blank spaces in your document, not necessarily written on the blank fields.

You need to indicate any legal proceeding done to your birth certificate, as part of the online ordering process.

Who is requesting for the document?

The site requires for the identity of the person placing the order and his relationship with the owner of the certificate.  The requesting party must be of legal age and must be the same person to receive the document upon delivery.

Requesting parties could be the owner himself, spouse, parents, children, and grandchildren. If the requesting party is not a relative, choose None of the Above.

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Just like any other online shopping site, you will be given the chance to review the details of your ordered certificate on the Order Summary page.  Take time to review all entries you made; any error may negatively affect your order.

Provide a working mobile, landline, and email address where PSAHelpline.ph may contact you for any concerns with your application.

The fields for your delivery address are clearly labeled; the city and municipality fields have dropdown arrows where you can select the most appropriate location of your area.

In case you are not available to receive the documents you ordered, you need to assign at least three representatives and indicate their names at the bottom part of the screen.  If you fail to assign a representative, the courier will only be released to you as the Requesting Party.

Indicate how many copies you wish to order and then tick the small box beside I certify that all the information I’ve provided is true and correct.

Order Confirmation

Your order is confirmed when you are issued a Reference Number; this is the 10-digit number that will appear on your screen after you submit your order.  This will also be sent to your email as added reference.

You may now proceed with the payment of the ordered certificates.

Payment Channels

You have several options when paying for your ordered PSA certificates.

  1. Online payment using your Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
  2. Through Bancnet ATM
  3. BayadCenters
  4. EZPay at 7-11 stores

What you need upon document delivery

Make sure you are physically present at the delivery address on the days you are expecting the documents to arrive.  Prepare a valid ID to support your identity as the requesting party.

If you assigned representatives to receive the document on your behalf, leave a signed authorization letter and one valid ID.  The representative must also be able to present at least one valid ID to the courier.

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Jan 11

Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes.  If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport.  You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.

In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA.  The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.

How do I get a Solo Parent ID?

Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants.  This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges.  One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.

According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:

  1. Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • Death of spouse.
    • Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
    • Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
    • Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
    • Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
  2. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
  3. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided the mother keeps and raises the child.
  4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area.  Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.

Prepare a copy of the PSA birth certificates of your children as well as any other document that could attest to your status as a solo parent (annulment papers, spouse’s death certificate, etc.).

Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued.  The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 09 (1)

In almost all of your transactions, whether with a government agency or a private corporation like banks, schools, and remittance centers, you will always be required to present a government-issued ID.  It doesn’t matter if you have a company ID, a school ID, or membership cards, agencies will always require you to present a government-issued ID.

When applying for a passport, you will be required to present at least one of the following:

  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-Card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Seaman’s Book

Today’s article will focus on the different types of government-issued IDs and certificates and how you can apply for each.  We hope this helps you complete your collection of government-issued IDs.

Cedula

A Community Tax Certificate (CTC), also known as Cedula, is issued to every individual or corporation upon payment of the community tax.  Every Filipino who is at least 18 years old and has been regularly employed for at least 30 consecutive working days must have his own cedula.  Business owners, real property owners, and all others who may be required by law must also apply for a cedula.

How to get a Cedula:

  1. Go to your local government office (barangay, municipal, or city hall) where CTCs are issued.
  2. Fill out the application slip, submit, and pay the required amount.  The fee will depend on how much salary you are going to declare on the application slip.  Wait for the issuing officer to give you your CTC.
  3. Sign and affix your thumbprint on the spaces provided on the CTC.
  4. The Cedula is valid until the last day of the year when it was acquired.

Barangay Clearance

The Barangay Clearance is a prerequisite for a Postal ID or a Mayor’s Permit; it is something that both private employees and business people need to have.  It is also a basic requirement when applying for affidavits and other legal transactions.  Basically, it attests to your good standing as a resident or business owner in a specific barangay.

How to get a Barangay Clearance:

  1. Proceed to your designated Barangay Hall and inform the officer on duty that you would like to apply for a Barangay Clearance. Fill out the application form and pay the necessary fees (fees vary per barangay).
  2. Present your cedula; if you do not have one yet, you may also secure this from the barangay hall.
  3. Wait for your clearance to be released (if no negative records are found under your name).

Postal ID

Phlpost has upgraded the physical appearance of the postal ID.  You need to get one as an additional government-issued ID.  Here are the requirements and procedures:

  1. Proceed to the Post Office in your area and submit two copies of duly accomplished PID application form.
  2. Submit your PSA birth certificate or GSIS or UMID Card, or Driver’s License, or valid Passport.
  3. If you are a married female applicant, bring a copy of your PSA Marriage Certificate to validate change of name from birth documents.
  4. Pay the fixed fee of Php 504.00.
  5. You will be instructed to proceed to the nearest ID capture station for your photo and fingerprints.  There are 260 ID capture stations nationwide.
  6. Expect to receive your ID after approximately 15 working days if your delivery address is in Metro Manila, 20 working days if you live in other major cities and municipalities, and 30 working days if you live in island provinces and remote barangays.

NBI Clearance

You may now apply for an NBI clearance online!  Here’s how:

  1. Register and create your account online at nbi-clearance.com.  There will be a guided process, just follow this.
  2. Make sure to have a working and accessible email address; use this when registering at the NBI website and wait for the confirmation email to be sent to you. You need to confirm your registration through the email in order for your account to activate.
  3. Login to your NBI account using the username and password you registered. Fill out the online application form and submit.
  4. Schedule an appointment at your preferred NBI Clearance Outlet.  Select the date when you wish to process your NBI clearance.
  5. Fee for NBI Clearance is P115 but e-payment services charge an additional P25, so your NBI Clearance fee total will be P140.  You may pay online, or over the counter at accredited banks, through GCash, or at any Bayad Center.  Note that until you have made a payment, your appointment is not confirmed.
  6. Print your NBI clearance application form and wait for the date of your appointment.  Bring your printed form when you visit the NBI outlet.

Unified Multi-purpose ID

Considered as the “Mother” of all IDs because it can cover your SSS, GSIS, PagIBIG, and PhilHealth transactions through a contact less smartchip technology.  It stores the member’s SSS information and biometrics data such as fingerprints, facial image, and signature.

  1. Visit the nearest SSS branch that has UMID enrollment/ID capture facility.  Fill out the UMID Card application form.
  2. Bring one of the primary valid IDs (passport, driver’s license, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Card, Seaman’s Book).  If you do not have any of these, bring two of your secondary identification cards/documents.
  3. Proceed to the ID capture booth, fingerprint scanning, and electronic signature process.
  4. Wait for your UMID to be delivered to your address.

BIR TIN ID

This is required before you even begin working; all legitimate companies will require your Tax Identification Number (TIN) to ensure that your taxes are remitted to the government properly.

  1. Proceed to the nearest BIR branch in your area.  Note that it would be best that you apply at the BIR in the same city or municipality where you are working.
  2. Bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate and 1×1 photo of yourself.
  3. The BIR TIN ID has a lifetime validity and is free of charge.  Some RDOs may be able to give you your ID on the same day while others may require you to come back after a day.

PRC ID (Professional Regulations Commission)

This is exclusive to individuals who took and passed professional licensure examinations such as Certified Public Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Lawyers, Physicians, Dentists, etc.

  1. Accomplish the Action Sheet – this may be downloaded from the PRC website.
  2. Pay for the metered documentary stamps at the CSC (Customer Service Counter).  Please make sure that your photo and photocopies of documents have metered documentary stamps.
  3. Pay the prescribed fees at the Cashier (Php 450).
  4. Present duly accomplished AS together with documents and receive your claim slip at Window 16, Window 18, and Window 30.
  5. Claim your documents as scheduled.  Please refer to your claim slip for further instructions.

Your PRC ID is valid for three years and can be renewed thereafter.

If you are thinking about applying for a Philippine passport, it may be best that you work on getting at least three government-issued IDs first.

For questions about the different IDs and clearances we featured, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

Reference: http://www.gov.ph

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Jan 08 (3)

Errors in your civil registry documents could adversely affect your transactions with the government or private establishments.  Often, erroneous birth certificates and other documents from the PSA are referred to the LCR of the place where the birth, death, or marriage was originally recorded.  Misspelled names and other obvious clerical corrections are rectified through a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error while more complicated cases are referred to a legal counsel or, sometimes, are heard in court.

One way or the other, the error is corrected or the missing information is supplied, and the owner of the civil registry document is then able to acquire an accurate copy of his PSA certificate.

After the correction process is completed, can the owner get a copy of his PSA document by ordering online or over the phone?

Why are there cases where even after the owner has satisfied all of the LCR’s requirements to apply the needed correction, the PSA’s copy of the same document remains erroneous?

We did our research and found out that the first corrected copy of any civil registry document (birth, death, marriage) that underwent correction or legal proceeding must be claimed at the PSA head office located at the Solicarel Building along Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, in Sta. Mesa, Manila.  Your best landmark is the LRT Pureza Station.

The first corrected copies must be claimed personally by the owner or the requesting party at the head office.  This too will trigger the PSA to provide the corrected copy of your succeeding requests that can then be done online or by phone (www.psahelpline.ph).  If you will insist on getting a corrected copy by ordering online, you will always get the old, erroneous copy.

If you have advised the LCR of the correction on your civil registry document but are still getting the erroneous copy from the PSA, chances are the corrected copy was not properly endorsed to the PSA.  If this happens, go back to the LCR where you filed the correction and ask for a copy of the endorsement made for your documents.  If they are able to provide you one, bring it to the PSA head office and use it as a supporting document for your request.  If the LCR does not have an endorsement, that means that the corrections applied to your civil registry certificate have not been properly communicated to the PSA yet.  Advise the LCR to endorse the corrected copy and inquire how long you need to wait before you may request for the corrected authenticated copy from the PSA.

Make sure to bring an endorsement from the LCR where the correction was initiated (usually, the LCR of the city or municipality where you were born or married) when requesting for the first corrected copy of your document.

If you have questions about PSA documents such as birth, marriage, death, and CENOMAR, send us a message and we will find the best answers for you.

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

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Jan 05 (1)

Applicants who are below 18 years old have a different set of general requirements and other documents depending on the child’s status (illegitimate, traveling without either parent, etc.).  The parents’ passports are vital requirements and must be included in the documents and IDs to be submitted when applying at a DFA office.  In cases where the child is illegitimate, the mother must be present throughout the whole passport application process.

General Requirements:

  • Confirmed appointment (except for 1-year-old and below).
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant.
  • Personal appearance of either parent and valid passport of parents (if minor is a LEGITIMATE child).
  • Personal appearance of mother and proper ID or valid passport of mother (if minor is an ILLEGITIMATE child).
  • Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by the PSA (you may order at www.psahelpline.ph) or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA.
    • Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.  Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad.
  • Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal.
  • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required.
  • Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA (for legitimate child).
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.

Additional Requirements:

IF MINOR IS NOT TRAVELING WITH EITHER PARENT OR ALONE:

  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor.  If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone.  If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance.
  • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he/she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.

IF BOTH PARENTS ARE ABROAD:

  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport.  If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance.
  • There is no need to secure a DSWD clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.
  • Proper ID of the duly authorized representative (refer to the list of IDs here – hyperlink to latest article on acceptable IDs and documents).

IF MINOR IS LEGITIMATED BY SUBSEQUENT MARRIAGE OF PARENTS:

  • Authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA must include annotation regarding new status as legitimated and the full name of the child.

IF MINOR IS ILLEGITIMATE BUT ACKNOWLEDGED BY FATHER:

  • Birth Certificate from PSA reflecting surname of father with Affidavit of Acknowledgment and Consent to use the surname of the father.

IF MINOR IS A FOUNDLING:

  • Certificate of foundling authenticated by PSA.
  • DSWD Clearance.
  • Passport of the person who found the applicant.
  • Letter of authority or endorsement from DSWD for the issuance of passport.

IF MINOR IS ORPHANED:

  • Authenticated Death Certificates of parents from PSA.
  • Court order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority under Article 214 and 216 of the Family Code.
  • DSWD Clearance

ABANDONED MINOR APPLICANT:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the abandoned minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
  • DSWD Travel Clearance.

IF MINOR IS LEGALLY ADOPTED:

  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of PSA Birth Certificate before adoption.
  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of the PSA amended Birth Certificate after adoption.
  • Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Court Decision or Order on Adoption and Certificate of Finality.
  • DSWD clearance for minor applicant, if traveling with the person other than the adopting parents.

In case the applicant is for adoption by foreign parents:

  • Certified True Copy of the Court Decree of Abandonment of Child.
  • PSA Death Certificate of the child’s parents or the Deed of Voluntary Commitment executed after the birth of the child.
  • Endorsement of child to the Inter-country Adoption Board by the DSWD.
  • Authenticated Birth or Foundling Certificate.

MINOR APPLICANT WHOSE PARENTS ARE ANNULLED / DIVORCED:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
  • DSWD Travel Clearance.
  • PSA Marriage Certificate with annotation on nullity or annulment decree.

MINOR APPLICANT WHOSE MOTHER IS LIKEWISE A MINOR:

  • Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparent/s.
  • PSA Birth Certificate of minor applicant and mother.
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparent/s indicating the name of the traveling companion.
  • DSWD Clearance if minor will be traveling with the person other than the maternal grandparent/s.
  • Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparent/s (please refer to list of acceptable IDs).

The DFA implements strict measures for minor passport applicants to ensure the safety and security of Filipino children traveling abroad.  Parents are likewise encouraged to cooperate and provide all the needed documents to avoid delays in their child’s application.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 03

At first glance, the list of requirements needed when applying for a Philippine passport could be intimidating.  This is one reason why most Pinoys choose to apply for their passports only at the first sign of an imminent travel abroad.  Very few realize that a passport is a government-issued identification that everyone must have in their possession: like a driver’s license or an SSS ID.

To help you prepare for your passport application, we are providing the complete list of requirements, as published by the Department of Foreign Affairs.  The following lists cover the general requirements as well as other special requirements depending on the applicant’s case (dual citizenship, applicants below 18 years old, minors not traveling with parents, etc.).

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Personal appearance at the chosen DFA branch.
  • Confirmed appointment.
  • Duly accomplished application form.  You may download the form from the DFA website, www.dfa.gov.ph
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (you may order at www.psahelpline.ph) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the PSA.
    • Transcribed birth certificate from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA birth certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by the PSA.
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (refer to the list of IDs here – hyperlink to latest article on acceptable IDs and documents).

Apart from the General Requirements, applicants need to prepare the following depending on his or her case:

In Case of NO BIRTH RECORD

If applicant was born IN or AFTER 1950 (January 1, 1950 or after):

  • Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office located at the place of birth of applicant.
  • Submit authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA and supporting public document/s with correct date and place of birth (i.e. Form 137, Voter’s Registration Record, Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants.)

If applicant was born BEFORE 1950 and later (December 31, 1949 and later):

  • Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the PSA.
  • Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.
  • Any public document/s with correct full name, date, and place of birth (i.e. Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or NCMF Certificate with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants).

For Married Women:

  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
    • Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA if married abroad.
  • Original and photocopy of Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO), Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband).

Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225:

  • Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition.
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Order of Approval

Applicants who elected Philippine Citizenship:

  • Identification Certificate of Election
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship

Applicants who have been Naturalized:

  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization
  • Oath of Allegiance

Take note that the DFA may require additional documents and IDs that are not included in the above lists, depending on how they would evaluate your case.

The DFA Aseana branch prioritizes Senior Citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and children that are 7 years old and below.  This means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to get an appointment online when applying for your passport.  Just make sure that you have the complete set of IDs and documents to avoid delays in your application.

For all your PSA document needs, you may order online and have the certificates delivered to you.  Just visit www.psahelpline.ph

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Walang estudyante pag Linggo. A sign often found inside jeepneys and meant to say that students need to pay full fare rates during weekends.  As a sarcastic remark, students would murmur, Bakit, yumayaman ba kami pag Linggo? (Do we become rich during weekends?).

Students, senior citizens, and PWDs are entitled to a 20% discount on PUV fares; so that if the minimum fare is P8, a student should only be paying P6.40.  Sadly though, the discount is not automatically given by drivers even if the passenger is obviously a student (or a senior citizen, or a PWD – how do you even conceal these facts?).  They need to remind the driver that they are any one of the three and must be allowed to pay the discounted fare.  Sometimes, drivers will purposely “forget” to hand them their change; the passengers, not wanting to engage in an argument with the driver, will just shrug off the experience and hope that the next jeepney, bus, or UV Express driver is more considerate of the law.

This silent war between PUV drivers and students will finally be laid to rest beginning October 28, 2017.  Yesterday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that the 20% student discount on public transportation fare must be implemented even on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  This means that even if classes are suspended or students are on vacation, they are still entitled to the government-mandated student discount on PUV fares.

This does not include students taking post-graduate studies, and those taking up medicine and law as such students are expected to already be gainfully employed and capable of paying the full fare amount.

This is good news for parents and students, but maybe not so for drivers and PUV operators who just recently staged a 2-day nationwide protest, as they sought a win-win solution for the government’s modernization of transport system program.  We are interested to hear what you think of this news from the LTFRB.

To view a copy of the Memorandum Circular released by the LTFRB, visit: http://ltfrb.gov.ph/main/memorandum

Source: www.ltfrb.gov.ph

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About 15 years ago when I first worked on my passport application, I got overwhelmed with all the documents and IDs I needed to prepare.  I thought to myself, if this is how complicated the process is, how can senior citizens, PWDs, and other citizens with special needs and cases manage to get everything done.

A lot has changed since the first time I applied for a passport (and have only been renewing my passport ever since.  Passport renewals are simpler than applying for the first time).  And now that I have been given the facility to help and reach out to others, I decided to come up with a quick guide on the general requirements, fees, and turn-around-time for the applicants to receive their passports.

Save this article in your bookmarks to serve as your ready reference when you or a family member, friend, or even a total stranger asks for the basics when applying for a Philippine passport.

Read on!

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Personal appearance of applicant.
  2. Confirmed appointment.  You may set an appointment at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment
  3. Accomplished application form.  You may download a copy at www.dfa.gov.ph
  4. PSA-issued Birth Certificate.  You may order for a copy of your PSA documents at www.psahelpline.ph
  5. Government-issued picture ID with photocopy.
  6. Supporting documents and IDs.  You may check the list of acceptable documents and IDs here: http://dfa.gov.ph/images/OCA/Forms/RequirementsForPassportApplication.pdf

FEES AND PROCESSING TIME

  1. Express processing fee – P1,200

Ideal processing time is:

    • 7 working days for Metro Manila applicants
    • 10 working days outside Metro Manila.
    • The stated processing period does not include the delivery time.

     2. Regular processing fee – P950

Processing time is:

  • 20 working days for Metro Manila applicants
  • 30 working days outside Metro Manila.
  • The stated processing period does not include the delivery time.

VALID IDs

The DFA accepts any one of the following:

  1. Digitized SSS ID
  2. Driver’s License
  3. GSIS E-card
  4. PRC ID
  5. IBP ID
  6. OWWA ID
  7. Digitized BIR ID
  8. Senior Citizen’s ID
  9. Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)
  10. Voter’s ID
  11. Old College ID
  12. Alumni ID
  13. Employment ID

FOR APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT HAVE ANY BIRTH RECORD

  1. If born in or after January 1, 1950:
    • All general requirements listed above.
    • Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office at the applicant’s place of birth.
    • Submit the following documents:
  2. Born in or before December 31, 1949:
    • All general requirements as listed above.
    • Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
    • Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.
    • Any public document with the correct full name, and date and place of birth such as:
      • Baptismal certificate with readable dry seal.
      • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate with photo and readable dry seal (for Muslim applicants).

FOR APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN NATURALIZED

  1. All general requirements as listed above.
  2. Identification Certificate of Naturalization
  3. Oath of Allegiance.

Note that the DFA may require additional documents and IDs, especially if the applicant is a minor, adopted, traveling without his parents, and many other cases involving legitimacy, age, and physical condition of the minor or the traveler.  It would be best to be ready with the above documents as these are the basic requirements when applying for a passport.  Preparing these in advance will help you save time, effort, and money.

For more information on passport application, you may visit the DFA’s website at www.dfa.gov.ph

Reference:

www.dfa.gov.ph

 

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As part of Taiwan’s goodwill to the Filipinos and in observance of their “New Southbound Policy”, Pinoys may now visit and tour Taiwan for 14 days, without a visa!

In October of 2016, we released an article on the conditions that Pinoy tourists must meet in order to enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan.  Back then, you must have a valid visa to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or any of the Schengen countries before you are granted free entry to Taiwan.  With this new policy, Pinoys can do away without the above requirements and enjoy hassle-free vacations to the country.

Below are the details of the good news released just yesterday by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.

  1. Pinoys who intend to visit Taiwan for purposes of tourism, business, or visiting relatives can enjoy visa-free entry for 14 days, beginning November 1, 2017.
  2. This initiative will undergo a nine-month trial period that will last until July 31, 2018.
  3. Pinoy visitors must have at least six months remaining validity in their passports, while diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment.
  4. A return ticket or a ticket with visa if needed for the next destination must be presented upon entry.
  5. Tourist must have no criminal records in Taiwan.
  6. Tourist must be able to show proof of accommodation while in the country.

Exemptions:

Those who intend to stay for more than 14 days to study, work, or are part of missionary activities are required to obtain the necessary visas before entering Taiwan.

Now is your chance to explore the sights and sounds of Taiwan!  Remember that the policy takes effect on November 1, so plan your trip accordingly.

Enjoy your vacation!

 

References:

www.philstar.com

www.roc-taiwan.org

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