DFA Passport Appointment: No Show, No Refund

Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tweaked the passport appointment process a bit so that applicants are required to confirm their appointments by paying for their passports before their appointment dates.  In the past, applicants have the liberty to book an appointment’s date and time, appear before a DFA consul, and then payContinue reading “DFA Passport Appointment: No Show, No Refund”

How Will You Benefit From The Universal Health Care Law?

Last week, the President signed into law the bill that intends to automatically enroll every Filipino in the National Health Insurance Program or Republic Act No. 11223.  The program will be handled by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth. What can Filipinos look forward to with the new health law? Every Pinoy is nowContinue reading “How Will You Benefit From The Universal Health Care Law?”

105 Days: Extended Maternity Leave Act, Approved!

The President intentionally signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on February 20, 2019, one day before it would have lapsed into law.  That is good news! What do we need to know about the new law?  Read this: Previously on Maternity Leaves: Female employees were entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery.Continue reading “105 Days: Extended Maternity Leave Act, Approved!”

How to Correct the Birth Date, Month, and Birth Year in a PSA Birth Certificate

Do you have a problem with the entries in your birth date, month, or year in your birth certificate?  Like any other error, your birth date details are as vital because it indicates your age – a vital requirement for job applications, getting a driver’s license, school enrollment, and other transactions that have age requirements. Continue reading “How to Correct the Birth Date, Month, and Birth Year in a PSA Birth Certificate”

How to Correct or Change the Last Name on a PSA Birth Certificate

Another common birth certificate error involves the owner’s last name (family name).  This could either be blurred, misspelled, or missing (especially if the child is illegitimate).  Unlike first and middle names, correcting the last name can be complicated as some cases require the intervention of a lawyer or a court proceeding. Today, we are goingContinue reading “How to Correct or Change the Last Name on a PSA Birth Certificate”

How to Correct a Wrong Middle Name in a PSA Birth Certificate

There are two things that can go wrong when typing your middle name in your birth certificate: It could be misspelled or Your middle and last names may be interchanged so that your last name becomes your middle name and your middle name becomes your last name. Incorrect entries in the middle name field inContinue reading “How to Correct a Wrong Middle Name in a PSA Birth Certificate”

2 Ways to Correct a Misspelled Name on a PSA Birth Certificate

Most people think that a misspelled name in a birth certificate can be easily rectified by filing a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error, as stipulated in RA 9048.  However, there are cases when misspelled names may only be corrected through a court proceeding and with the assistance of a lawyer. Correcting vs. Changing AContinue reading “2 Ways to Correct a Misspelled Name on a PSA Birth Certificate”

List of Liquids Allowed at the MRT

I took the MRT last week and was surprised to see long lines of passengers (ladies mostly) waiting for their turn to surrender the bottled liquids in their bags.  I realized then that the MRT has truly implemented its stern policy against bringing liquid (all kinds!) inside the trains.  I wanted to make a u-turnContinue reading “List of Liquids Allowed at the MRT”