Is It Right to Charge Pinoys When Calling the 8888 and 911 Government Hotlines?

Everyone is excited with the upcoming launch of the government’s hotlines: the 8888 for citizens’ complaints and 911 for emergency cases.  These are set to go live beginning Monday, August 1, 2016 as part of the government’s drive to promote safety and security in the country, as well as discourage unethical practices and behavior ofContinue reading “Is It Right to Charge Pinoys When Calling the 8888 and 911 Government Hotlines?”

How to Secure a Marriage License at the Manila City Hall

A marriage license is required of couples who intend to get married in a church or through civil rites.  It can be secured at the city or municipal hall where the marrying parties reside.  The marriage license may be used anywhere in the country and is valid for 120 days. Here are the list ofContinue reading “How to Secure a Marriage License at the Manila City Hall”

Requirements and Processes when Adopting a Child in the Philippines

How does one adopt a child in the Philippines?  Whether you are adopting a child from any of the local orphanages and DSWD offices in the country, or the child of a relative, or maybe even your own child, you need to be aware of the requirements and processes you have to go through.  BeContinue reading “Requirements and Processes when Adopting a Child in the Philippines”

What We Need To Know About Freedom of Information

Noong July 23, 2016, Sabado ng gabi, pinirmahan ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas ang Freedom of Information Executive Order sa Davao City.  Ito ang pagsasabatas ng pagbubukas ng mga pampublikong dokumento para sa mga Pilipino.  Layunin nito na itaas ang antas ng transparency at accountability ng gobyerno at kanyang mga opisyal at ahensya.  Kasama ito saContinue reading “What We Need To Know About Freedom of Information”

The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Birth date (day and month only) Under RA 10172 Part 7 of 16

An incorrect birth day on your birth certificate will cause confusion on your age.  Just like any other clerical error on your civil registry document, this must be addressed as soon as possible. The City of Manila published the following article to help applicants prepare for the required documents and fees in advance.  Please noteContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Birth date (day and month only) Under RA 10172 Part 7 of 16”

Know Your Rights and Privileges as a Pinoy Contractual Employee

One of the most talked about subject during the election season was the proposal to abolish contractual employment in the Philippines.  According to the presidential candidates, the right of workers and employees to permanent employment must be honored by companies and business establishments.  This will help provide security not only to the employees themselves, butContinue reading “Know Your Rights and Privileges as a Pinoy Contractual Employee”

The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Gender Under RA 10172 Part 6 of 16

Another common birth certificate problem encountered by Filipinos is an incorrect entry in the Gender field.  Women are marked as “male” and men are marked as “female”.  Having this kind of error corrected can be daunting if you are not armed with the prescribed step-by-step process and list of documentary requirements. Below is the processContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Gender Under RA 10172 Part 6 of 16”

How often should I get a new copy of my birth certificate?

When I had my MRP passport renewed two weeks ago, I was required to bring a copy of my PSA birth certificate.  As the one I had on file is already a bit old (with tears on the corners and some entries have faded over time), I was left with no choice but to haveContinue reading “How often should I get a new copy of my birth certificate?”