Is The US Embassy In Manila Currently Accepting Tourist Visa Applications?

The quick answer to this question is “no”. According to the website of the US Embassy in Manila, there is a wait time of 447 calendar days to get an appointment for an interview for a tourist visa application. The Consular Section only provides service to “urgent” and emergency cases — more specifically described asContinue reading “Is The US Embassy In Manila Currently Accepting Tourist Visa Applications?”

COVID-19 Home Isolation Benefit Package Services For PhilHealth Members

Did you know that the Philhealth offers benefit packages for COVID-19 patients who are quarantined at home? Yes, they do! I lifted the salient points of the circular from PhilHealth’s website for our easy reference. If you want to see the actual document from PhilHealth, you may click this link. Annex F: COVID-19 Home IsolationContinue reading “COVID-19 Home Isolation Benefit Package Services For PhilHealth Members”

Patients Admitted In Tents and ERs Are Covered By PhilHealth

I know this caused an uproar several months (March 2021) back when some patients who were admitted in makeshift tents outside hospital buildings were informed that the fees for their “admission” must be paid out-of-pocket because PhilHealth does not cover tent and ER admissions. During that time, it was reported that these hospitals would chargeContinue reading “Patients Admitted In Tents and ERs Are Covered By PhilHealth”

Bayad Center Now Accepts Payments For PSAHelpline Orders

Are you one of the many Pinoys who has tried ordering your PSA birth certificate at PSAHelpline.ph? PSAHelpline.ph is my go-to site for all of my civil registry documents especially now that there is a pandemic and PSA offices are often close due to the quarantine restrictions. At PSAHelpline.ph, you can simply place your ordersContinue reading “Bayad Center Now Accepts Payments For PSAHelpline Orders”

PSA: Order Your PSA Birth Certificate And Other Civil Registry Documents Online

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that they will only accommodate transactions from persons who have prior appointments at their CRS outlets within Metro Manila. This began last August 21, 2021 and will remain in effect until further notice. What if I need a copy of my PSA birth certificate? The PSA will notContinue reading “PSA: Order Your PSA Birth Certificate And Other Civil Registry Documents Online”

Passport Processing In Metro Manila Resumes Under MECQ

As I write this, Metro Manila is on its third day under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); this quarantine status is scheduled to last until August 31, 2021 before everyone’s mobility and access to basic necessities is once again decided upon by the government. We are still in the middle of a pandemic; the virusContinue reading “Passport Processing In Metro Manila Resumes Under MECQ”

Where To Pay Your SSS Contributions and Loans

The quarantines and lockdowns should not be a reason for us to miss our contributions and loan payments to the SSS. It is important (now more than ever) to make sure that our insurances are updated all the time, despite the restrictions in our localities. Good thing the SSS has partnered with several banks andContinue reading “Where To Pay Your SSS Contributions and Loans”

Absolute Divorce in the Philippines: Do You Agree?

Would you agree to legalize divorce in the Philippines? Why or why not? The Philippines and the Vatican City remain to be the only two nations in the world that do not allow divorce. In our country, a couple may only file for an annulment of their marriage if they wish to dissolve their union.Continue reading “Absolute Divorce in the Philippines: Do You Agree?”