If the Parents are Not Married, Whose Surname Does the Baby Use?

I always thought that if a child is born out of wedlock, the baby automatically carries its mother’s maiden last name (while his middle name is left blank, otherwise, the baby and the mom will appear to be siblings).  Only when the baby’s parents marry will the child have the legal right to adopt theContinue reading “If the Parents are Not Married, Whose Surname Does the Baby Use?”

How To Correct Your Child’s Misspelled Name On His Birth Certificate

Any misspelled entry in your child’s birth records can and will cause him a lot of trouble in the future.  It is always best to have these corrected as soon as possible to avoid inconsistencies in your child’s records, especially when he starts going to school. There are two types of corrections that can beContinue reading “How To Correct Your Child’s Misspelled Name On His Birth Certificate”

How to Get an Appointment with the DFA

The DFA has made some changes in the usual process of reserving an appointment slot for your passport application (or renewal).  If you are setting an appointment at any of the DFA offices and satellite branches within Metro Manila, you will be required to pay for your passport fee using the DFA ePayment Portal beforeContinue reading “How to Get an Appointment with the DFA”

4 Steps in Registering your Child’s Birth

My sister gave birth last March to twins.  It was her first pregnancy which means that she had to learn all the things that came with it, twice (changing diapers, breastfeeding, etc.).  She said that from the moment her doctor confirmed she was pregnant, she felt as if she was seeing, hearing, tasting, and feelingContinue reading “4 Steps in Registering your Child’s Birth”

LTO Fines and Fees for Traffic Violations: What You Need to Know

Getting a ticket for a traffic or vehicle regulation violation means you will not only have to stop and spend a good 15 to 20 minutes negotiating with a traffic enforcer but also that you will have to pay the prescribed fee for the violation you committed.  It is both a pain in your scheduleContinue reading “LTO Fines and Fees for Traffic Violations: What You Need to Know”

Quick Guide to Getting Married in the Philippines

Welcome, February! In celebration of the “Love Month”, we are sharing a quick summary of important facts you need to know if you plan to get married in the Philippines.  We hope you find this article helpful. Requirements: PSA Birth Certificate of couple. PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) of both parties. If one ofContinue reading “Quick Guide to Getting Married in the Philippines”

How to Get an I-DOLE OFW ID Card

Last July 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment launched a new ID system for OFWs called the I-DOLE.  This ID allows OFWs to do away with the long and tedious process of applying for the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that they need to secure in order prove their legitimacy as Filipino workers. Apart fromContinue reading “How to Get an I-DOLE OFW ID Card”

The Senior Citizen Philhealth Membership Explained

My mom is a senior citizen enjoying all perks and privileges offered by our government to citizens her age.  She gets to beat long lines at grocery stores and rest rooms, watches movies for free at the mall at least once a week, and gets discounts when dining out. As her designated carer, my majorContinue reading “The Senior Citizen Philhealth Membership Explained”