Requirements for the SSS Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP)

Are you currently receiving pension from the Social Security System (SSS), as a retiree or a beneficiary?  Have you recently undergone your Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP)?  Did you know that the ACOP schedule has been changed from contingency month to the birth month of the SSS member? To ensure continuous release of your monthlyContinue reading “Requirements for the SSS Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP)”

How To Apply for an SSS OFW Housing Loan

Filipinos seize work opportunities abroad in the hope that they can double their income and be able to provide handsomely for their loved ones in the Philippines.  Foremost in an Overseas Filipino Worker’s agenda is to purchase a house and lot, a family vehicle, and secure their children’s educational funds.  The Philippine government has consistentlyContinue reading “How To Apply for an SSS OFW Housing Loan”

SSS Sickness Benefits Claim after Receiving Maternity Benefits

My sister, a private school teacher, gave birth in January 21, 2016 to a healthy baby boy.  I am not sure if her case can be considered a premature delivery since she gave birth three weeks earlier than her scheduled due date.  Nonetheless, her delivery was uneventful and the baby came out healthy and strong.Continue reading “SSS Sickness Benefits Claim after Receiving Maternity Benefits”

What We Need to Know About the Hospital Detention Law

While I was waiting for my turn at the billing section of a hospital in Fairview, Quezon City, I overheard a young couple discussing the contents of what looked like a typewritten note. “Puwede na siguro ito… sinabi ko naman na babayaran natin pag natanggap na natin ang 13th month pay sa December,” said theContinue reading “What We Need to Know About the Hospital Detention Law”

OWWA Benefits for Disabled OFWs

One of the most common questions we receive from our readers is regarding the benefits that an OFW may expect from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) after they have lost their physical capacity to work abroad.  Similar with local private and government employees based in the country, an OFW must be protected by anContinue reading “OWWA Benefits for Disabled OFWs”

No Smoking in the Philippines!

In one of my recent trips to the Manila City Hall, I spotted a guy casually smoking a cigarette right outside the office of a city Councilor.  As I walked further down the hallway (which was lined with the offices of several other councilors) I saw more people puffing sticks after sticks of cigarettes.  IfContinue reading “No Smoking in the Philippines!”

Basic Reminders for Philippine Passport Holders Part 2

Last week, we featured the reminders for Pinoy passport holders who are travelling as tourists and to work abroad under a contract.  Today, on our second and final installment of this 2-part series, we are going to share the basic documentary requirements for Pinoy emigrants and those travelling with a minor. These were lifted from theContinue reading “Basic Reminders for Philippine Passport Holders Part 2”

No More ‘Window Hours’ Under the Number Coding Scheme

If your car’s plate number is on ‘coding’, you will have to wait until after 7:00PM before you can start driving down Metro Manila roads.  There will no longer be any ‘window hours’ between 10:00AM to 3:00PM, beginning October 25, 2016 that is. According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this is one ofContinue reading “No More ‘Window Hours’ Under the Number Coding Scheme”