Student Discount on PUV Fare Must Be Implemented Even on Weekends

Walang estudyante pag Linggo. A sign often found inside jeepneys and meant to say that students need to pay full fare rates during weekends.  As a sarcastic remark, students would murmur, Bakit, yumayaman ba kami pag Linggo? (Do we become rich during weekends?). Students, senior citizens, and PWDs are entitled to a 20% discount onContinue reading “Student Discount on PUV Fare Must Be Implemented Even on Weekends”

Quick Guide to Passport Application at the DFA

About 15 years ago when I first worked on my passport application, I got overwhelmed with all the documents and IDs I needed to prepare.  I thought to myself, if this is how complicated the process is, how can senior citizens, PWDs, and other citizens with special needs and cases manage to get everything done.Continue reading “Quick Guide to Passport Application at the DFA”

Taiwan is now a Visa-free Country for Pinoys!

As part of Taiwan’s goodwill to the Filipinos and in observance of their “New Southbound Policy”, Pinoys may now visit and tour Taiwan for 14 days, without a visa! In October of 2016, we released an article on the conditions that Pinoy tourists must meet in order to enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan.  BackContinue reading “Taiwan is now a Visa-free Country for Pinoys!”

Quick Guide to the No Balance Billing of PhilHealth

What is the No Balance Billing? No Balance Billing or NBB is a privilege given to qualified PhilHealth members.  If you are covered by the NBB policy, you no longer need to pay for your hospitalization at any government hospital and selected private medical centers nationwide.  It is the government that pays for the member’sContinue reading “Quick Guide to the No Balance Billing of PhilHealth”

Why is Friday the 13th Considered an Unlucky Day?

This year, we had two Fridays that fell on the 13th day of the month – once in January and the last one today, October 13th.  And once again, social media sites are peppered with trivia and memes about this supposedly unlucky day. So why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky in most countries?  AlthoughContinue reading “Why is Friday the 13th Considered an Unlucky Day?”

What’s In the TB-DOTS Benefit Package of PhilHealth?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacterial infection, usually affecting the lungs.  The bacteria is highly contagious and can be passed on to others through coughing and sneezing, even through the accidental spread of saliva when laughing, singing, and spitting.  In 2012, it was reported to be the 6th leading cause of death withContinue reading “What’s In the TB-DOTS Benefit Package of PhilHealth?”

Guide to the OFW’s Philhealth Membership Part 2

What are the benefits that OFWs can enjoy as bona fide PhilHealth members?  Are their dependents entitled to the same benefits as well? Below are the latest case rates applicable to OFW members.  The amount stated in this summary is PhilHealth’s participation in the member’s hospital and medical expenses.  Any amount over the stated coverageContinue reading “Guide to the OFW’s Philhealth Membership Part 2”

Guide to the OFW’s Philhealth Membership Part 1

Even while employed in a foreign country, Filipinos must be registered under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth and pay their contributions regularly.  Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere: to the OFW member or his dependents.  The only way you can fight against the added stress of going through these emergency cases is theContinue reading “Guide to the OFW’s Philhealth Membership Part 1”