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What Would You Wait In Line For?

1 Jan 29

Last Thursday, I found myself in a 90-minute line to see my obstetrician.  My high school best friend was in the area and she volunteered to accompany me while I waited for my turn.  Neither of us knew much about it but we were more than willing to endure the long wait as it gave us all the time we needed to catch up on each other’s lives.  I actually did not realize I sat in that long line for almost two hours until I saw the wall clock inside the doctor’s clinic when they finally called my name.  I shook my head in disbelief and silently thanked the heavens for sending my best friend right when I needed her the most. Because without her, I might have marched out of that line and went straight to emergency where a doctor is almost always available to see you — no way I am waiting for anybody for 90 minutes!

How many times have we been told to please wait, please hold, be patient, hold on just a little while longer?  And just how many times did we agree to do just that… sit still and wait?  I don’t remember the last time I agreed to a fast-food cashier’s “Willing to wait, Ma’am?” for my fried chicken meal.  In fact, every time I am asked if I am willing to wait,  my quickest and most honest answer would often be, no.

So what exactly will I be willing to wait in line for, and how long?  I did a quick research on stuff that ordinary, impatient people like me hate waiting for – and how long we will actually wait for these things before we start growing fangs and talons (haha!) – and the list did not surprise me at all.

If you can compare your patience to a frayed rope hoisting a piano from the ground floor to the eighth floor of a building, then this article is for you.  Enjoy!

  1. A car in front of you when the light turns green – 50 seconds.

traffic light green

Really?  It honestly feels more like 10 (or maybe even less!), especially here in Manila where red lights are more like suggestions to stop rather than a stern order to completely stop, no matter what.

  1. People talking in a movie – 1 minute, 52 seconds.

theatre-text

Why people even do this is beyond me.  If you wanted to talk, then go to a café or a restaurant – not in a theater where people paid to see a movie they wish to process on their own.

In my personal experience, a neighbor in a movie theater need not even start talking to rile me.  All they have to do is activate their mobile phones and flood my peripheral vision with the white light from their phone’s screen and it’s, well, you could say showtime.

 3. Babies crying their eyes out in public places (like a plane, or in church) – 2 minutes, 41 seconds.

baby

I don’t have kids but I know how difficult it is to quiet down a baby that couldn’t articulate what it wants or needs, or both.  I could probably give parents all the time they need to get their babies to stop crying and kicking.

I have never given a parent a dirty look just because his baby’s cries are starting to get on my nerves.  I just think it’s the last thing every exasperated parent needs.

  1. Waiting at the doctor’s office – 32 minutes.

Doctor's Office

See???

Was it wrong for me to feel like I’ve been somewhat cheated when I realized that it took all of 90 long and precious minutes before my doctor could see me?  I guess not.

  1. Waiting for the boyfriend/girlfriend to get ready – 21 minutes.

skeleton

Papunta ka pa lang, nakaligo na ako.

I guess this is rather subjective since our level of love and understanding for our significant others vary.  21 minutes, though, is long enough for someone to get him or herself ready for a dinner or movie date.  Otherwise, we’re staying in or breaking up.

  1. Transacting at a government office – 30 minutes

nbi

I think Pinoys are wired to agree to wait when he knows he is dealing with a government agency (or with government employees).  With all the red tape going on in these offices (that they, of course, vehemently deny), it is impossible to get anything done in under 30 minutes.

Getting a copy of your birth certificate at PSA? Half-day, give or take.

Applying for a student permit or driver’s license at the LTO? Not sure, but better pack your lunch and a good book.

Renewing your business permit at the DTI (or their satellite offices)? Be at their satellite offices (usually in malls) at the crack of dawn and make sure you have all the necessary documents otherwise, you go back to the end of the line to wait today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.

  1. Traffic – who knows?

traffic

Maybe I should ask you, what was the longest time you had to sit helplessly in traffic?

I guess there really isn’t much you can do when you find yourself right smack in the middle of slow-moving vehicles in EDSA or worse, at a complete stop in some side street that was supposed to take you to work faster.

The secret is simple: leave early.  Whether you’re driving your own car or taking public transport, allow, at best, two hours for travel and traffic; four at worst.

And then again, you can move to a remote province or go abroad to countries like Canada where they need more people to occupy their idle spaces. Haha.

So what would you wait in line for, and for how long?  We’d love to know.

1 Jan 03 B

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

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

How to get your CENOMAR at the PSA:

Requirements:

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

How to get your CENOMAR online through PSAHelpline.ph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.psahelpline.ph

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12 Dec 26 - A

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

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

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

Source: www.prc.gov.ph

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12 Dec 19 (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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12 Dec 18

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

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

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

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

Order now!

Source: www.prc.gov.ph

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12 Dec 17

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

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

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

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

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

Call them now!

 Source: www.prc.gov.ph

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10 Oct 14

Have you been involuntarily separated from your job?  Were you laid off, or your designation has been dissolved and resulted in your losing your job and source of income?  Take heart.  The Social Security System (SSS) is ready to help you get back on your feet!

The SSS recently announced the availability of the SSS Unemployment Benefit for all members that have been involuntarily removed from their jobs.  This is part of the provisions of RA 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018.

What is the SSS Unemployment Benefit?

This is the seventh benefit program of the SSS and is available to all member-applicants who have been removed from their jobs (fired, laid-off, offered separation by employer).  It is a cash benefit equivalent to half of their average monthly salary credit (AMSC) for a maximum of two months.

Who is covered by the Unemployment Benefit?

All SSS members who are involuntarily separated from employment, including OFWs and Kasambahays may file for Unemployment Benefit claims.  Some exceptions are:

  • Employees must not be over 60 years of age at the time of the involuntary separation;
  • Underground mine workers must not be over 50 years of age;
  • Racehorse jockeys should not be over 55 years old.

What are the conditions for claiming the Unemployment Benefit?

  • The covered employee must have paid at least 36 monthly contributions
  • 12 months of which should be in the 18-month period immediately preceding the month of involuntary separation.
  • Must not have settled unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit within the last three years prior to the involuntary separation from employment.
  • The reason for separation from employment must not be the fault of the employee or a result of the employee’s negligence.  The only acceptable cases are redundancy, retrenchment or downsizing, closure of operations, the commission of a crime or offense of the employer against the employee or any of his immediate family members, and inhuman or unbearable treatment by the employer.  The DOLE determines the acceptable reasons for involuntary separation.
  • An employee applying for unemployment benefits may be disqualified if he or she has shown serious misconduct, willful disobedience to lawful orders, as well as gross and habitual neglect of duties.

What are the limitations of the Unemployment Benefits?

A member that has been involuntarily separated from his job must file his claim within one year from the date of his separation.

A covered employee may only claim once every three years starting from the date of involuntary separation.  In case he has more than one compensable contingency within the same period, only the highest benefit shall be paid.

What are the requirements when filing a claim for Unemployment Benefits?

  • Original and photocopy of one primary ID card or
  • Any two ID cards or documents, both with signature and at least one with photo
  • Certification establishing the nature of involuntary separation issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its regional office
  • Notice of Termination from Employer or
  • Affidavit of Termination of Employment

Applicants may file their claims at any SSS branch.

How will the funds be released to the member?

The SSS shall pay the member through the SSS Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) cards enrolled as ATM or through the Union Bank of the Philippines Quick Card account.

All involuntary separations that happened on March 5, 2019, onwards are covered by the unemployment insurance.

Source:

www.sss.gov.ph

www.businessmirror.com.ph

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9 Sept 30

My friend’s dog tore his brand new passport apart, three months before he was scheduled to leave for Singapore.  He cried like a little boy while collecting the scraps of paper that was once his primary travel document.

How do you get a replacement for your damaged passport?  Read this.

First off, we need to define what damaged passport means.  According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, your passport is considered damaged or mutilated when:

  • The data page or any information on it is torn or damaged to the point of unreadability.
  • A damaged passport microchip that is no longer machine-readable.
  • One or more pages have been torn out or missing.
  • Passport cover no longer attached to the booklet.
  • The booklet is unstitched, severely damaged by water, or with visa stamps that have bled out.
  • Passport picture is tampered and no longer clear/visible.

If your passport exhibits any of the above descriptions, you can consider it as damaged and therefore, needs to be replaced.  The DFA treats the replacement of damaged passports as new applications and so anyone seeking to have a damaged passport replaced must go through the same process as when you are applying for a new one.  Here’s how:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to get an appointment online and pay the corresponding passport fee to confirm your slot.
  2. Submit a notarized Affidavit of Explanation as to how, when, and where your passport was damaged or mutilated.
  3. Bring an original and photocopy of the first and last pages of the damaged passport.
  4. Prepare P350 as a penalty fee for the damaged passport.

You are also encouraged to bring an original copy of your PSA birth certificate especially if your personal details are hardly recognizable in the damaged passport.  You can get a copy online and have it delivered to your home at www.psahelpline.ph.

There shall be a 15-day clearing period within which your application will go through verification and your old passport records will be tracked and reviewed.

There you have it.  The process and requirements may be a bit different but rest assured that the DFA can have your damaged passport replaced.

Just the same, take care of your passport and other important IDs and documents.  Keep them in locked drawers or plastic containers to keep them safe from pets, pests, flood, and maybe even fire.  Always have duplicates available in your office as well so you would have a ready reference in case you lose the original ones.

Thanks for dropping by!

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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9 Sept 23

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

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

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

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

Other reminders when paying at Payment Centers:

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

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

References:

www.passport.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

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9 Sept 18

Another common question we receive in our email, one that we asked ourselves many months back.  And the answer is, no.

Based on my observation, one of the main reasons why it has become so difficult to get an available passport appointment slot is because people do not take their reservations seriously.  They will reserve a slot and then will not show up for their appointment.  This practice actually results in a 2-month wait period for other passport applicants.

In June 2016, the DFA implemented the 30-day ban for passport applicants who do not show up on their appointment date. They are tagged by the system and are not able to reserve an appointment slot for 30 days after their original appointment date.

Just last year, the DFA also tweaked the passport application process so that applicants now have to pay the passport fee before they appear at the DFA for their interview.  The payment confirms their appointment and the DFA shall hold the date and time for the applicant, unless he or she requests to have it re-scheduled.

Re-scheduling can be accommodated only once and will depend on the availability of the appointment slot that the applicant wishes to take.  Also, a weekday appointment can only be re-scheduled to another weekday; you cannot take a weekend date if your original reservation was a weekday.

If you still fail to show up on the re-scheduled date, your passport fee will be forfeited and you will have to go through the reservation process again if you still wish to continue.

I personally think this is the best way that the DFA can be fair to everyone in terms of granting appointment slots to passport applicants.

Visit us again tomorrow for more helpful information about passport applications and renewals.

 

Reference:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

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