Something To Look Forward To: Philhealth Special Benefits for Children with Special Needs

During the celebration of its 22nd anniversary, Philhealth announced that they are currently developing a benefit package that will focus on providing assistance to children with disabilities.  This is in support of the Department of Health’s (DOH) expanded national program for disabled persons. The said benefit package is seen to be incorporated in the ZContinue reading “Something To Look Forward To: Philhealth Special Benefits for Children with Special Needs”

The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate

A primary requirement when applying for a passport (or renewing an old one) is the applicant’s birth certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) or a Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar.  This has become an issue among senior citizens, especially those born on 1945 andContinue reading “The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate”

The Senior Citizen Discount: “No SC ID, No Discount” Policy?

My Mom misplaced her Senior Citizen ID a few months ago.  She has yet to make that trip to the Quezon City hall to secure a new one and until then, she would shrug her shoulders every time she foregoes an opportunity to get a discount on her purchase. Last month, she lined up atContinue reading “The Senior Citizen Discount: “No SC ID, No Discount” Policy?”

The Senior Citizen Discount: Government Mandated Policies on SC Discounts when Dining Out

Taking our parents out during the weekends and holidays is always a good idea.  If your parents are in their senior years, you get a bonus in the form of discounts when paying for products and services they availed.  All they need to do is flash their Senior Citizen IDs and a fraction of theirContinue reading “The Senior Citizen Discount: Government Mandated Policies on SC Discounts when Dining Out”

The Senior Citizen Discount: How is the SC Discount Computed and are there Exemptions to the Rule?

My balikbayan aunt, who owns two Senior Citizen IDs (one issued in the U.S. and another issued by the OSCA at the Quezon City Hall), had a puzzling experience at a fast food chain last week.  She saw the ad on specialty burgers being sold at half the price as a promotional offering of theContinue reading “The Senior Citizen Discount: How is the SC Discount Computed and are there Exemptions to the Rule?”

Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?

While we anticipate the approval of the proposed 10-year validity of Philippine passports, we should continue to mark our calendars as to when we should be applying for a passport renewal.  Currently, Philippine passports have a 5-year validity period and most passengers who have less than a year before their passports expire are no longerContinue reading “Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?”

Red Ribbon Documents: Summary of Document Authentication Processes by the DFA

A common requirement when travelling abroad are DFA-authenticated IDs and documents.  Whether you are traveling as a tourist, an overseas worker, or an exchange student, you will be required to have certain supporting documents “red-ribboned” by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Here is a summary of the processes and requirements involved when having your documentsContinue reading “Red Ribbon Documents: Summary of Document Authentication Processes by the DFA”

Passport Validity Extension: Approved by Congress!

In June 2016, we shared the news on the government’s proposal to extend Passport and Driver’s License validity from 5 years and 3 years respectively, to 10 years for both.  Fast forward to eight months from the time the news broke out, the House of Representatives have submitted their approval to extend the lifespan ofContinue reading “Passport Validity Extension: Approved by Congress!”