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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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June 11

Getting a ticket for a traffic or vehicle regulation violation means you will not only have to stop and spend a good 15 to 20 minutes negotiating with a traffic enforcer but also that you will have to pay the prescribed fee for the violation you committed.  It is both a pain in your schedule and your pocket that is why most drivers do everything in their capacity to avoid (or sometimes, evade!) these violations.

Among these violations are driving without a valid license which will cost you Php 3,000, reckless driving at Php 2,000 for the first offense, and parking violations that start at Php 1,000 for the first offense.

Today we will feature the violations that have stiffer penalties (translation: they cost a fortune!); these fines are so dear that the average Pinoy driver’s only means to pay for it is by completely avoiding the violation altogether.

  1. Driving a right-hand drive vehicle – Php 50,000

So your car was imported from Europe… big deal.

You should not be driving a right-handed vehicle in the Philippines unless you have Php 50,000 to spare for LTO.  This violation was only recently added to the list when car smuggling became a rampant case n the 2010s.  Also, driving a right-hand vehicle in the Philippines could pose more risk to drivers and pedestrians.

Should you insist in driving your RHD car in main thoroughfares (and you get caught!), your precious car will be impounded until you are able to have it corrected (translation: made into a left-hand drive vehicle).

  1. Driving a vehicle that has defective devices or is installed with improper or unauthorized accessories – Php 5,000

That’s not a collective amount, mind you.  You will be fined Php 5,000 for EVERY violation found in your car.  Example: your signal lights are not working, that’s Php 5,000; you have a carrier on the roof of your car that does not meet the standards of the LTO, that’s another Php 5,000.

  1. Passengers not wearing seatbelts – Php 1,000 (private cars), Php 3,000 (PUVs).

This law (yes, it’s a law!) that is meant to protect you from harm (similar to the law on the use of helmets for motorcycle drivers and passengers).  And so if you get penalized for not obeying this particular law, you are actually being fined for not loving your life enough to save it by wearing a seatbelt.

If a traffic enforcer sees you or your passenger not wearing your seatbelts, the driver will be fined the corresponding fees for private cars and PUVs, plus the driver’s license will be suspended for a week.  Ugh if you are a PUV driver.

  1. Smoke Belching – Php 2,000 (first offense)

If you and your car cause other drivers and pedestrians to cover their noses when you zoom past, you are smoke belching.  It also means that your car is in bad shape and should not be allowed on the road.

Should you insist, you will be fined Php 2,000 and who knows how much more after your first offense.

  1.  Fraudulent registration of your car – Php 3,000

The LTO would know when you have overlooked or failed to renew your car’s registration.  On the other hand, your car’s registration is one of the first things a traffic enforcer or the police look for when you are flagged for a traffic violation.  If your papers are not updated, then better prepare for a hefty fine and the risk of you not being able to drive your car for a year.

It is never wise to forego your responsibility in renewing your car’s registration; you will always end up spending more.

 

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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June 08

My passport is due to expire this month so I really made it a point to have it renewed before the end of May.  It was pretty difficult to get an appointment slot through the www.passport.gov.ph website but I finally was able to secure one last June 2, 2018.

This was not the first time I got an appointment online that is why I was mildly surprised when I received an email from the DFA, instructing me to pay for my passport first, before they can confirm my appointment.  I had to do it fast because if after 48 hours and no payment is posted under my appointment, the slot will be up for grabs in the passport again.

I want to share my experience in today’s blog, to help those who may still not be aware of the DFA’s slightly new process of securing appointments, especially if you chose to have your passport renewed at the DFA Aseana branch.  This new process will be implemented in other DFA branches until they have covered all branches by August 2018.

Step 1: Visit the www.passport.gov.ph to schedule your appointment.

You have to have stable internet connection (and a lot of patience and perseverance!) to get this done.  Also, it would be best to have your old passport handy when filling out the online forms.

Step 2: Pay your passport processing fee at any of the DFA’s authorized Payment Centers.

You can pay at WalterMart, Bayad Center outlets, Villarica Pawnshops, 7-11 stores, ecPay, and Western Union outlets.  I paid mine at the Bayad Center in Robinson’s Ermita.

Here’s my actual experience at that branch:

The teller told me that my payment will post after 24 hours.  I got a bit worried because I had a 48-hour deadline to beat and already, I was beyond 24 hours at the time I was making my payment at Robinson’s.  The teller said that I need not worry because anytime my payment posts, DFA will see the exact date and time when I made the payment and they will know that I paid before the due date.  My appointment was on a Saturday, I was making the payment on a Tuesday – about 3 days ahead of my appointment.

It took me a few minutes to decide if I should hand my payment to the teller or if I should search for a different payment center that can promise me real-time posting of my payment.  In the end, the teller was able to convince me and so I handed her my payment of Php 1,250 (Php 1,200 for the passport and Php 50 service fee for Bayad Center).  She issued me a receipt and instructed me to keep it and bring it with me on my appointment.

Step 3: Print out the confirmed appointment packet that will be emailed to you after you have paid your passport processing fee.

This one I got a few minutes after I left Robinson’s; I printed the documents as soon as I got to the office and attached the receipt that the teller gave me earlier.

Step 4: Personally show up at the DFA consular office on the date and time indicated in your appointment.

Bring with you a copy of your confirmed appointment packet and other required documents and IDs such as you NSO birth certificate, NSO marriage certificate (if you wish to change your maiden last name to your married last name).

More Information:

What is the DFA ePayment Portal?

This is an upgrade to the Online Appointment System that enables passport applicants to pay their passport processing fees through selected payment centers nationwide and eventually through the use of credit and debit cards, and through over-the-counter cash transactions in selected banks.

When will the DFA ePayment Portal be launched?

  • ASEANA: First week of June 2018
  • NCR: On or before the first week of July 2018
  • Nationwide: On or before the first week of August 2018

How does the DFA ePayment Portal work?

Those who are renewing or applying for Philippine ePassports will now be required to prepay the passport processing fees using the DFA ePayment Portal as part of the Online Appointment System.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit passport.gov.ph and schedule an appointment
  • Read all the reminders carefully before agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the Online Appointment System.
  • Choose a DFA Consular Office where you wish to apply for or renew your passport.
  • Pick the date and time when you wish to apply for or renew your passport.
  • Fill out all the required fields by providing the information being asked.
  • Carefully review all the details of your application before clicking SUBMIT.
  • Choose your desired passport processing type (expedited or regular processing) before clicking PROCEED TO PAYMENT.
  • Take note of the reference number that will be emailed to you.
  1. Proceed to your preferred Payment Center to pay the passport processing fee.
  • Present your reference number at the Payment Center upon payment of the passport processing fee.
  • One reference number corresponds to one transaction. If you are paying for multiple reference numbers, you need to pay separately for each reference number.
  • Keep the receipt that will be issued to you.
  1. A confirmed appointment packet will be sent to your email once the payment has been successfully processed. Click the link to your passport appointment packet and PRINT OUT the following contents that you need to bring with you during your scheduled appointment.
  • Checklist with your indicated schedule.
  • Confirmed Application Form with the bar code, appointment reference number (ARN), and eReceipt number.
  • Two copies of the eReceipt.
  1. Personally show up at the DFA Consular Office on the date and time indicated in your appointment and make sure to bring a printed copy of your confirmed passport appointment packet and other required documents and IDs.

Is the payment reference number specifically assigned to one payment center?

No, a reference number is universal to all payment centers so you can conveniently pay at any of the authorized payment centers.

Can I use my payment reference number more than once? 

No, a reference number can only be used once.

Where can passport applicants pay their passport processing fees? 

  • Applicants can pay the passport processing fee through any of the following Payment Centers.
    • Bayad Center
    • ecPay
    • Pera Hub
    • Robinson’s Business Center and Department Stores
    • Waltermart Department Store
    • 7-11
    • USCC (Western Union)
    • Villarica Pawnshop
    • Other Payment Centers as well as the credit/debit card payment facility will be made available soon.

 How much do applicants have to pay? 

Passport applicants will need to pay Php 1,200 for expedited processing and Php 950 for regular processing.  A Php 50 convenience fee is charged by authorized Payment Centers on top of the processing fees.

Can the convenience fee and passport processing fee be refunded in case the applicant fails to show up during his/her scheduled appointment?

 No, a refund cannot be processed.

How do I get in touch with DFA in case I have questions or concerns about the ePayment Portal?

 You may call the DFA help desk at 02-234-3488 or email them at info@passport.gov.ph

 

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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June 04

Apart from our birth and marriage certificates, the PSA will also be assigned to manage the national ID system once it is signed into law.

What are the personal information that the PSA will collect to form part of the national ID?

  1. Common Reference Number or CRN and other basic information.
  2. Biometrics
  3. Voter’s ID,
  4. Philippine Passport Number
  5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  6. Philippine Health Insurance Number (PhilHealth)
  7. Professional Regulation Commission license number (PRC)
  8. Driver’s License Number

The PSA is authorized to release a person’s data only under the following conditions:

  • Upon the consent of the registered person, specific to the purpose prior to the processing.
  • Upon risk of public health and safety when relevant information may be disclosed, provided the risk of significant harm to the public is established and the owner of the information is notified within 72 hours of the fact of such disclosure.
  • Upon order of the court.
  • When a registered person requests access to his or her registered information and record history, subject to the guidelines and regulations to be issued by the PSA.

Ultimately, the national ID system aims to make the acquisition and delivery of government services easier for everyone while keeping fraudulent activities at bay.  The National Privacy Commission likewise ensures that the implementation of the national ID system shall fully adhere to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act, especially in the handling and processing of personal data.

The President is anticipated to sign the bill.  In case he does not, it will lapse into law after 30 days.

Do you agree that we should have a national ID to represent all other government IDs that we currently have?

Reference: https://www.rappler.com/nation/203725-national-id-system-philippines-ratified-duterte-signature

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May 29

If you are planning on working abroad, one of the first things you need to take care of is your security.  Be wary of illegal recruiters and fake job agencies that can only get you in serious trouble with abusive employers abroad.  In order to avoid being in an OFW Horror Story, you need to account your employment with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or the POEA.

Who is the POEA?

The POEA is primarily responsible for securing the best employment terms of Pinoy migrant workers, from the moment they engage with a recruiter in the Philippines until they are deployed to their respective employers.   POEA works alongside its sister agency, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ensure that the Pinoy overseas workers’ welfare is respected and upheld, wherever he may be.

POEA provides services to help OFWs gain their legal status through the proper documents and certifications before leaving the country, while the OWWA is responsible for cases and concerns involving OFWs who are already deployed abroad.

What does the POEA do?

  1. They issue licenses to recruitment and placement and manning agencies for land-based and sea-based workers, respectively.
  2. They monitor and supervise the operations of these recruitment and manning agencies.
  3. They monitor the government’s anti-illegal recruitment program and conducts anti-illegal recruitment seminars nationwide.
  4. They cascade information and expose facts about illegal recruiters, job scams, laws in other countries concerning migrant workers, and other overseas employment-related matters.
  5. The POEA only allows deployment to countries that protect OFW rights with respect to the requirements of the Amended Migrant Workers Act.  These countries are certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  6. They provide legal assistance to Filipinos who fell victim to illegal recruitment and job scams.
  7. They help provide repatriation assistance to displaced OFWs.

Overseas Employment:

  1. They handle the accreditation of foreign employers who hire OFWs.
  2. They process the approval of job orders or requests for workers received from other countries.
  3. They conduct the necessary pre-employment orientation seminars for job applicants.
  4. They evaluate and process employment contracts.

 

You can avoid becoming the next victim of job scammers and illegal recruiters if you acquaint yourself with the requirements and services of the POEA.  The processes that you will be required to undergo (seminars, submission of documents) may look tedious at first but you will realize that it is so much better that taking the shortcut with a possible illegal recruiter.

The government’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of Pinoys who will be working on foreign soil.  And the only way the government can be successful in this endeavor is if all aspiring OFWs (and even those who have already been deployed), would cooperate with the POEA’s processes and requirements.

Tomorrow we are going to feature the different key services offered by the POEA to prospective OFWs.

Reference: www.poea.gov.ph

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May 28

One of the leading causes of death in the Philippines remains to be uncontrolled hypertension leading to heart disease and stroke.  In 2017, it was reported that 25% of Pinoy adults have high blood pressure caused by either their lifestyle or inherited the condition from their parents and elders.  The climate and high fat, high sodium diet in the Philippines do very little to help Filipinos avoid the burden of hypertension.

The good news is that hypertension is a manageable disease and the patient is likely to keep its complications at bay with low-cost preventive measures like exercise and diet changes.  Regular visits to one’s physician and easy access to an emergency room can help arrest any adverse effects of an elevated blood pressure as well.

It is good to know that hypertension is covered by the PhilHealth and is available to all bona fide members and their dependents.  Below are some important things you need to remember when claiming your PhilHealth benefits for cases of hypertension:

  1. PhilHealth will cover up to Php 9,000.00 for hypertension cases, where:
  • 30% is for professional fees (Php 2,700.00);
  • 70% for room and board, drugs, supplies, ancillary tests, laboratory, and other procedures (Php 6,300.00).
  1. Benefits for hypertension cases are covered by the No Balance Billing (NBB) policy.
  • Hospitals should be able to provide the complete and quality service for hypertensive Philhealth member patients.
  • The member patient should no longer make out-of-pocket payments for his room, board, medicines, supplies, laboratory, X-ray procedures, and professional fees.
  1. Member patients can claim from PhilHealth only if they are admitted to the hospital (not outpatient cases or emergency room only).
  2. The benefits of hypertension cases are covered by the Single Period of Confinement (SPC) rule. This means that only one claim for hypertension benefits can be applied every 90 days.

A hypertensive person’s blood pressure can shoot up anytime.  It is best to always be armed with your PhilHealth benefits to help ease the burden of hospital expenses.  Of course, the best way to keep yourself from the hassles of hospital confinement and expenses is to exert extra efforts in making sure that you lead a healthy lifestyle:

  • Grab every opportunity to walk instead of riding your car, a cab, or even the elevator.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid salty food and those that are high in cholesterol.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Free your mind of negative thoughts.

Have a hypertensive-free summer, folks!

 

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

 

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May 15

Pinoys have yet to fully accept the values and benefits of being insured.  Whether it is a life or medical insurance, every working Filipino must be protected from the inevitable.  When unfortunate situations arise – a family member gets sick, a child meets an accident – it is best to be prepared.

If you are employed by the government or by a private firm, it is most likely that you are granted a medical insurance sponsored by your employer.  This is a good thing to have, especially if it is extended to your family.  However, this is only applicable while you are salaried by your employer.  The moment you quit your job (or it quits you!), you lose the privilege and will be left on your own to manage when you or someone in your family gets sick.

That is why it is important that you have yourself enlisted as a member of the PhilHealth, if you haven’t yet.  The PhilHealth voluntary membership is open to anyone who does not have a fixed employment, not a senior citizen, not an indigent member, or sponsored member of the PhilHealth.

Who are qualified to become voluntary PhilHealth members?

  1. OFWs – documented or undocumented Filipino workers abroad.
  2. Self-employed professionals – self-earning individuals such as entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, and freelancers whose income is generated from their profession or business.
  3. Informal sector workers – people working in the informal economy, including jeepney and tricycle drivers, street and market vendors, and small construction workers.
  4. Dual citizens – Filipinos who also hodl citizenship in another country.
  5. Naturalized Filipino citizens – foreigners who have become Filipino citizens through naturalization.
  6. Expats – foreign workers who live in the Philippines with valid working permits or Alien Certificate of Registration.

What documentary requirements do you need to prepare when applying?

You only need a duly accomplished PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) and submit this to the nearest Local Health Insurance Office or PhilHealth Express outlet.

You will then be issued a Member Data Record or MDR and an ID card after your application has been reviewed.  Your PhilHealth ID number will serve as your lifetime PhilHealth number and must be used as reference when you pay your contributions to the cashier.

Online application is also available!

  1. Go to the PhilHealth Electronic Registration System.
  2. Click on “Proceed”.
  3. Read the Terms and Conditions, tick the small box below, and click “Accept”.
  4. On the PhilHealth online registration form, enter the required information.
  5. Upload your document in jpeg, pdf, gif, or png format.  (optional)
  6. Enter the provided Captcha code, tick the small box below, and click “Submit Registration”.

Access your email for the instructions on how to complete the rest of your application.  Take note of your transaction number as this will serve as your reference number to your registration.

How much should be my contribution?

Members earning PHP 25,000 or below every month must pay a quarterly contribution of PHP 600 (or PHP 200 per month / PHP 2,400 per year).

Members earning over PHP 25,000 must pay PHP 900 for the quarter (or PHP 300 per month / PHP 3,600 per year).

It costs so little to become a bona fide PhilHealth member, but the assurance of knowing that you are covered by the PhilHealth when emergencies strike will far outweigh the price you think you are paying now.

Visit the nearest PhilHealth office now and have yourself signed up as a member.

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

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May 15-1

Renewing your driver’s license and car registration has become so much simpler and faster now that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has launched their LTO Online Personal Appointment and Scheduling System or PASS.   Applicants may now simply set an appointment at any of the four LTO branches that offer the PASS service to ensure that they will be attended to during their visit.

The system is seen to reduce the entire renewal process to just 45 minutes, a far cry from the usual 4-hour wait time for walk-in transactions.

How does the LTO PASS Work?

You only need to visit the LTO Online System at https://www.lto.net.ph and book your appointment.  You will be required to key in your address and contact details, as well as your driver’s license number.  Don’t worry, the site runs on a secure platform with an HTTPS encryption so all your information is safe and cannot be accessed by hackers.

Is this open to all areas that have an LTO branch?

LTO is currently running the project in five pilot branches in Metro Manila but their direction is to have it available nationwide.  Here are the branches that accept appointments made through the LTO PASS system:

  1. Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City
  2. Novaliches, Quezon City
  3. Marikina
  4. Muntinlupa
  5. Pasig City

The agency is targeting to have all branches activated with the PASS by the end of the year.  While the roll-out is ongoing, the LTO will continue to accept walk-in applicants for driver’s license and car registration renewal.

For now, the PASS facility will only be accepting renewal transactions for driver’s license and car registration.  All other transactions are still on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to use the PASS online facility:

  1. Log on to the site https://www.lto.net.ph/LTO/Online and prepare to provide the following information:
  • Driver’s License Details
    • Driver’s License Number
    • Birthdate
  • License Holder’s Information
    • First, Middle, and Last Names
    • Home Address
    • Email Address
    • Mobile Number
  1. Click on Drive’s License Renewal or Motor Vehicle Renewal.
  2. Read the terms and conditions. Tick the small box at the bottom of the page to agree to the terms.
  3. Enter the CAPTCHA code and click Continue.
  4. Fill out the online appointment form and submit.
  5. Choose the branch, date, and time you wish to have the renewal processed. The system is able to determine if your license is already about to expire and will only take you to the scheduling page if your license is up for renewal.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to you as soon as you are done booking an appointment online. Save this and show it to the LTO staff on the day of your appointment.

Try this new system from the LTO and let us know about your experience!

References:

http://www.lto.gov.ph

https://www.lto.net.ph/LTO/Online

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May 09

When I first learned how to drive, I was made to memorize the mnemonic BLOWBAG, which stood for Battery, Lights, Oil, Water, Brakes, Air, and Gas.  It helped me get started on responsible driving and car ownership.  It has become second nature to me, checking all items under BLOWBAG before I leave my garage, every single day.

This year, I was surprised to learn that the mnemonic has evolved into something new, something more catchy.  And I am glad to know that they have included more items to check that are equally important as the original BLOWBAG.  Thanks to the PNP-Highway Patrol Group for coming up with BLOWBAGETS!

Since I find this helpful (and fun!), let me share with you some insights about this new driving mnemonic as my way of encouraging fellow car owners and drivers to be more responsible to prevent accidents and car breakdowns, especially when taking long drives this summer.

What’s in BLOWBAGETS?  Read on!

  1. Battery

You try to start your engine but all it gives you is nothing short of a scoff or snicker.  You try it again and get the same response.  Uh-oh.  Your battery may have died on you.  For some weird reason, my car would give me warning signals that its batteries are about to go out.  Weeks before it dies, my car alarm would often go crazy, sounding off for no reason at all.

I am just thankful that it has not died on me in a remote area or in the dead of the night, or when I am faced with an emergency.  Still, I need to remind myself that checking my car’s battery for clean terminals, proper cable-to-terminal connections, and charge will save me the hassle of having to change my batteries in public and right when I am rushing to get home or to the office.

Car batteries normally take three to four years before they burn out.  It helps to keep a record of when you had yours replaced so you could estimate when you would need a replacement.

  1. Lights

This is easy.  I simply ask someone to stand in front and at the back of the car while I test my headlights, break, signal, and tail lights.  I am especially concerned about my lights when I will be driving at night.

Apart from the bulbs working, you also need to be sure that the lights are free from dirt, cracks, and breakage.

  1. Oil

This one I learned to do when I was 9 years old.  I thought it was fun pulling out the oil dipstick and checking to see for any change in oil color or level.  I realized later on that the oil is a critical element in the car engine’s life as too little of it can cause serious damages in the car’s moving parts.

Check your car’s engine oil everyday for color, level, and leaks.  Know when it is time to refill to avoid expensive repair bills.

  1. Water

Is there enough water in your radiator?

Always check to see that your radiator is properly hydrated, especially during the summer season.  Those water bottles that jeepney and taxi drivers keep in their trunk?  Those are first-aid remedies for overheated vehicles; you should keep some in your car too.

  1. Brakes

Nawalan ako ng preno, eh.

Nope, don’t let it happen to you.  How do you check if your brakes are working fine?  Step on the brake pedal and press all the way to the floor.  There should not be any resistance, air, or spongy feel to it.  If the brakes feel hard or seem like it is resisting your pressure, have it checked right away.

A personal precaution I observe too is the no-water-bottle-on-the-floor policy in my car.  I always remind my passengers to use the bottle holders found in the interior of the car and to never leave a water bottle lying on the floor.  These bottles could roll to the driver’s side and block the brake pedal without being noticed.

  1. Air

Do I know how to replace a flat tire?  Yes.

Do I like replacing a flat tire?  No.

Before leaving home, check that all your tires are properly inflated, free from bulges and any sharp objects that may be stuck to its surface.  If you are not comfortable checking with just your eyes, head over to the nearest gasoline station or vulcanizing shop to have each tire’s pressure gauged properly.

  1. Gas

That all important fuel that we all love to ignore.

Running out of gas while on the road is not only stressful, it’s embarrassing!  So don’t wait until your gas gauge starts flashing that annoying red light before you finally stop by a gas station.  Refill as soon as the pin goes a little below the half-tank meter.

  1. Engine

Best way to detect an engine problem?  Listen.

My dad would tell us to switch off our car’s A/C while on a long drive, roll down our windows, and listen to our car’s engine.  He likes doing this while we’re speeding down NLEX!  He loves listening to the engine’s hum.

If you are familiar with your engine’s sound, you would know right away if something is amiss, such as when you hear an unfamiliar tap, knock, or any other kind of noise that you are sure you haven’t heard from your engine before.

  1. Tires

Apart from it having the right air pressure, your tires must not be so worn out that the grooves have become too shallow.  I check mine by placing a one-peso coin into my tires’ grooves; if the coin goes almost all the way down, I’m good.  But if more than half of the coin remains visible, I’d know it’s time to buy new tires.

  1. Self

Am I sleepy?  Do I have alcohol in my system?  Am I disoriented, stressed, or suffering from one of my many migraine attacks?

Believe it or not, these can gravely affect your driving skills and may cause you and the people around you unnecessary harm.  Please do not go behind the wheel when you are experiencing any of the above conditions.  If you are sick and feel that you need to be taken to the hospital and no one is around to drive for you, hail a cab or request for a car from Grab instead.

Remember that even if your car is in tip-top shape, if you as the driver are not, you are still running the risk of damaging yourself and your vehicle.

Apart from all those, my dad would also remind us to always have the complete documents of our vehicles within our reach – keeping the original copies at home and photocopies in the car’s glove compartment.

There you have it, folks!  A new mnemonic that drivers and soon-to-be drivers need to memorize by heart.  Share this will all the people you care about!  Drive safely!

Reference: www.gmanetwork.com

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May 08

The OEC is a basic requirement for OFWs before they are given permission to work abroad.  They must secure this to ensure that their departure and overseas employment are properly documented.  This document has a 60-day validity from the date it was issued; this means that the OFW must be able to leave before the OEC expires.

Apart from it being a basic requirement, an OEC document presented at the airport also exempts the traveler from paying travel taxes and terminal fees.  It serves as the exit pass or clearance of the OFW as well as a proof of his status as a legitimate OFW.

What are the requirements when securing an OEC?

  1. Passport with at least six months validity from departure date.
  2. Valid work visa, work permit, or any equivalent document.
  3. Verified employment contract or offer of employment.
  4. Printed Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet

Other documents may be required depending on the required skills (professional, low-skilled, household services).  Canada and US workers will be required to submit additional requirements.  Always bring the original and photocopies of your documents.

Are there fees that need to be paid?

  • POEA Processing Fee – PHP 100 per e-receipt/OEC
  • OWWA Membership Fee – USD 25 (or its PHP equivalent)
  • Pag-IBIG Contribution – Minimum of PHP 100 each month
  • PhilHealth Contribution – PHP 2,400 for one-year coverage

How to apply for an OEC:

There are two ways to apply for an OEC:

Walk-in applicants may apply at any of these processing centers:

  • POEA main office at EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City (Balik-ManggagawaProcessing Division/BMPD)
  • POEA regional offices, regional extension units, and satellite offices.
  • Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in the country of employment.
  • Labor Assistance Counters at Manila, Cebu, and Mindanao airports (only for returning OFWs who are staying in the Philippines for five days or less).

You may also set an appointment online at the BM Online Appointment System; this will allow you to choose your preferred schedule and venue for processing of your OEC.

Walk-in applications, including those who have scheduled appointments, may take the whole day or several days to complete.

How to get an OEC Exemption

If you are an OFW and are returning to the same employer or workplace, and have an existing record with the POEA, you can be exempted from the OEC requirements.  All you have to do is log in to your BM online account before your scheduled departure and click on “Acquire OEC or Exemption”.  The system will show a pop-up confirmation message of your BM Exemption Number and pre-departure instructions on what documents you need to present at the airport.

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