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Sunday, March 27, 2011

DO IT YOURSELF HOW TO APPLY FOR A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT FOR FIRST TIME APPLICANTS




First Set an Appointment at:

www.passport.com.ph 
or
www.megamall.passport.com.ph
or
you can call the DFA Hotline at (02) 737-1000 

This is a FREE service provided for the convenience of Filipinos. There is no charge for making an appointment with the DFA Main office (at Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Aseana, Pasay) or its sattelite offices.

For your convenience, you can file your application for Philippine Passport or its renewal at the following DFA offices in malls:

DFA in SM Manila (at the back of Manila City Hall) 
DFA Megamall Consular Office, 7th floor of SM Megamall Building C in Mandaluyong 
(10am-8pm)
DFA NCR Central at Level 1, West Lane of Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas (10am-7pm)
DFA Robinsons Gen. Santos City (opens on September 3, 2013)
DFA Lipa City at Level 2 Expansion Area, Robinsons Place in Lipa City
DFA office in Pacific Mall Cebu
DFA office in Robinsons Starmills, San Fernando, Pampanga
DFA office in Marquee Mall, Angeles City
DFA Legazpi in Pacific Mall, Legazpi City

DFA Consular offices will be opening soon in other malls.

DFA offices in malls are usually open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays for both processing and releasing and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays for releasing only.

Those in provinces can also apply at the nearest Regional Consular Office or during Mobile Passport Service (MPS)

Download, print and fill-out the passport application forms completely with the appointment reference numbers.

Please note that Applicants will not be admitted at the entrance gate without valid appointment and application forms.

Photocopy all the necessary documents before proceeding to DFA Aseana.

Applicants will not be processed if they do not have complete set of photocopies of their documents.

Please make sure that you are familiar with the application procedures before proceeding



REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST TIME E-PASSPORT APPLICANT


* PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS REQUIRED *

• Duly accomplished application form (CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON LINE)


• Original Birth Certificate on National Statistics Office (NSO) security paper.


• Any two (2) of the following valid IDs:


Social Security ID/Government Service Insurance 

System ID


Computerized Voter’s ID

Professional Regulatory Commission ID


LTO Driver’s License with OR


School ID with original registration card/transcript of records


Or any old documents with date and place of birth

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

a. For Married women 


• Marriage Certificate on NSO security paper 


• If married to a foreigner, Certificate of Filipino Overseas (CFO)

b. For Minor applicant (below 18 years old)


• Original passport of travelling companion 


• If travelling with father, Marriage Certificate on NSO security paper 


• If travelling with guardian:

Affidavit of Support and Consent from Mother (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy if Mother is abroad)


Special Power of Attorney (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy if Mother is abroad)
DSWD Clearance

c. For Seaman 


• Seaman’s book

d. For Muslim applicants 


• For those whose births were registered, Please refer to requirements for first time passport applicants.

For those whose births were not registered: 


• Late registered Birth Certificate (BC)on NSO security paper


• Original and photocopy of Voter’s Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship, identity and tribal affiliation. 


• Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)

For converts: 


• Submit annotated Birth Certificate (BC) on NSO security paper 


• Court Order granting change of name 


• Shari’ah Court Order 


• OMA Certificate of Conversion

Warning: Submission of false information and falsified documents are punishable under Philippine Laws. It is up to the discretion of the DFA to accept, reject or request for additional supporting documents or personal appearance from the applicant.




Passport Fees

Regular Processing: Php 950.00 (15 working days)

Express Processing: Php 1,200.00 (7 working days)

Note: An additional fee of Php 200.00 will be charged for processing of Lost Passports if it is still valid.


Please be advised that appointments from 5:00PM onwards will be considered rush processing.


Friday, March 25, 2011

DO IT YOURSELF HOW TO APPLY FOR AN SSS ID CARD


DO IT YOURSELF HOW TO APPLY FOR AN SSS ID CARD 
The SSS ID Card is one of the many goverment ID cards that you can use for business transactions like opening a bank account or applying for a DFA passport. The SSS ID is given for free to SSS members.

The application process varies from time to time but here’s are quick steps to apply for an SSS ID. Applying for and getting an SSS ID ( Social Security System ID Card) can be easy and at the same time very tiring and frustrating. Some people get lucky why applying for an SSS ID while others are not.

Here’s how to apply for and get an SSS ID:
  •  Download the E-6 form from the SSS website. 
  •  Click on Forms at the left navigation panel. 
  • Then select E-6 from the list. 
  • Or click here for the direct link: SSS FORM E6. 
  • Print then fill up the information needed.
  • Click on Employment History at the left panel. You will be shown a list of all your employers, past and present. Copy the employer number of your company into the form.
  • Click SSS ID Clearance at the left panel. If the note says “Member Qualified for an SSS ID Card”, then you are cleared and eligible to apply for the ID. Print this page. Just click the File menu of the browser, then Print.
  • Go to the SSS Office. Tell the guard you already have an SSS number, the E-6 form and the ID Clearance and that you are applying for the ID. He should give you a priority for your picture to be taken.
  • Get in line at the SSS ID section and get your picture taken. Present two IDs from the list stated at the 2nd page of the E-6 form. If you have your company ID and an ATM card with your complete name, then you should be fine.

6. You’re done. Just wait for the SSS ID to be mailed at your home or office address. Or you can get the SSS ID at the SSS.


EARTH HOUR @ MOA STARTS @ 6:00 P.M. COME ONE COME ALL!



The main switch-off event will begin at 6PM on 26 March at the SM Mall of Asia Globe area. The event also serves as a kick-off for a planned year-long WWF climate change solutions campaign. Still, thousands of Filipino towns, cities and landmarks are expected to join the switch-off.



10 ways to spend Earth Hour 2010 


Filipinos from 1,041 cities and towns will join the world in spending Earth Hour and environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines listed 10 ways to do as Filipinos turn off the lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.




1. Document Earth Hour celebrations in photos and videos and win gadgets such as DVD players and cell phones in the Earth Hour contest. For details, visithttp://wwf.org.ph/earthhour/2010/03/a-contest-earth-hour-photovideo-documentation


2. Host an outdoor evening party with friends and family. Fire up the flashlights or candles, dine on organic food and talk about ways to reduce energy use.


3. Encourage kids to unplug their electronic gadgets to play and explore the outdoors. Play traditional Filipino games like “patintero” or spend the afternoon birdwatching.


4. Do a recyclables’ hunt. Get your flashlights and find cans, bottles and boxes that can be reused to reduce items that end up in landfills. A fun tip: reuse plastic grocery bags.


5. Green that workspace! Aside from turning off the office lights, make sure to unplug computer screens and speakers instead of leaving them on overnight. Shutting the screen and speakers down when unused can lower power consumption and electricity bills drastically.


6. Involve local leaders to set up a community "green" discussion in a public building from on March 27. Help organize attendance and ask your leaders of their plans to make your area greener.


7. Clean up your street. Grab a flashlight and walk down your house street, picking up trash and recyclables as you go. It's a great chance to do some stargazing too!


8. Unplug electrics and just chill out. Turn off the screens, shut your cell phones and just have an hour of steady time with your family.


9. Give yourself an energy makeover. Use Earth Hour as a reason to make your home more energy efficient: Replace old incandescent bulbs with energy-saver, more efficient CFL bulbs. Install power strips to turn computers and electronics on and off more easily, since appliances on standby mode consume up to 30 percent of energy.


10. Make a pledge for the planet and take a first step toward lowering your overall impact on the environment after Earth Hour. Recycle, take public transportation, unplug electronics when not in use, and spread the need to reduce our carbon footprint.


Earth Hour shouldn't end at 9:31p.m. when we turn the lights on again. It's a step towards making a personal pledge to be more environment-friendly. You’ll hit two birds with one stone by saving on both cash and carbon emissions.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

AIR ASIA PROMO



BUY DIS KWENTO




Details
  • Domestic & International Seat Sale.
  • Booking Period is from March 22 to March 25, 2011 or until seats last.
  • Pick your favourite Domestic seat from as low as P499.
  • Pick your favourite International seat from as low as P899.
  • Supersize your baggage! Pre-book and SAVE up to 50%.
  • Get insured in travel insurance.
  • Choose from available domestic and international rooms with Hotels.
  • Quoted fares are one way
  • Limited availability.
  • Fare are exclusive of government fees and taxes.
  • International fares are exclusive of fuel surcharges. For Osaka, Japan surcharges will take effect on April 1, 2011.
  • Fares are non-refundable.
  • Flight changes must be made more than 24 hours before scheduled time of departure.
  • Go Lite Fares are available upon booking for guests traveling without check-in baggage.
  • Add P 100 to fare upon booking if traveling with check-in baggage.
  • CAB approved terms and conditions of carriage apply


Domestic FlightsGo Lite Fare
Manila to Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan),
Iloilo, Kalibo or Roxas
P 499
Cebu to Boracay (Caticlan)P 499
Travel Period: July 1 - September 30, 2011
International FlightsGo Lite Fare
Manila, Cebu or Clark to Hong Kong
P 899
Travel Period: July 1 - September 30, 2011





Details
  • SEAIR Sweet Anniversary Treat is until March 27, 2011 only.
  • Travel Period is from June 1 to October 15, 2011.
  • Rates quoted are one way only.
  • Limited seats only.
  • Selected flights only.



ZEST AIR PROMO






Details
  • Seat Sale is from March 23 to 27, 2011 only.
  • Travel date is from June 15 to October 15, 2011 only.
  • P388 for Manila to Iloilo, Virac, San Jose and Busuanga.
  • P488 for Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Kalibo, Catarman, Calbayog and Legazpi.
  • P588 for Manila to Tagbilaran and Tacloban.
  • P688 for Manila to Puerto Princesa.
  • P788 for Manila to Marinduque and Tablas.
  • P1,088 for Manila to Masbate and San Fernando, La Union.
  • P1,388 for Manila to Davao.
  • Per CAB Aproval
  • Inclusive of Fare and Taxes
  • Exclusive of ASF and ASF VAT
  • Limited seats only.


Monday, March 21, 2011

I survived brain aneurysm


I find brain aneurysm almost unique in its ability to strike like lightning, without rhyme or reason, and too often without mercy.

When the cerebral artery bursts and causes brain hemorrhage, sudden death may result.

1/3rd of people with ruptured aneurysm die before they get to the hospital.

1/3rd die after they get to the hospital.

1/3rd survive after they get to the hospital. Of these, 40% end up with neurological problems that make life difficult.

The mortality rate following a rupture aneurysm is about 60 percent, and another 25 percent die from complications

For those whose precious lives are snuffed out in a brief moment, and whose loved ones' lives are dramatically altered forever by the same event, there seems to be no justice that I can comprehend.

For those fortunate enough to survive the rupture, a battle begins for the amount and quality of life that can be recaptured. Your doctors and nurses are only one part of your armor.

The key to your victory, your healing, is your will, not only to survive, but to conquer.

Mental positivity and for some, spirituality, along with a focus on personal health and well being like not smoking, a nutritious diet, lots of sunlight, and a regular exercise program, a strong social support network like relatives or friends in a social circle are all critical.

Do not be burdened by statistics. Every battle is unique and, if fought well, won. 
 

I am presently recuperating from my operation and I am glad about the progress I am making. My left eye still has no vision. I still could not walk. But my doctors assured me that I will be back to my normal self in 6 months to 1 year, not 100% though. But within that time, I will have my eyesight back and I can walk already.

The doctors said that I was very lucky. I escaped death by a hairline. My aneurysm ruptured last January 18, 2011. I never knew that I had aneurysm until that fateful night, when I lost consciousness inside the toilet. My left eye might have hit the lavatory. And the pail of hot water that I was supposed to use might have spilled, thereby causing a huge 2nd degree burn on my left thigh.

When I regained consciousness, I tried calling for help from my house boy downstairs but he did not respond to my cry for help. Maybe you can call it a miracle. I was able to walk from the toilet towards my room and made it to my bed. I had the worst headache ever and I kept on vomiting.

I then sent text messages to my cousins since I don't have my parents with me anymore. They have both passed away. But my cousin said he couldn't contact his driver.  So I was bought to the hospital only the following day by another cousin. Lucky me! According to statistics 1/3 of those who had a ruptured aneurysm died within 3 hours.

A CT Scan was performed and a lot more medical procedures were done. Then I was brought via emergency ambulance to UST Hospital where a brain aneurysm coiling operation was performed by 2 neurosurgeons assisted by a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist and some nurses last January 22, 2011.

Since returning home to our townhouse in Manila, I kept on going back to my doctors for follow-up check ups and I was not allowed to go back home to the province just yet. 

So what would an active travel blogger like me do at home since I cannot walk or see yet from my left eye?


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