Saturday, August 27, 2016

DFA Appointment System: No Confirmation Email for Passport Schedule

If you've made an appointment for DFA passport application and completed the online application on the 2016 slot you want. But did not receive a DFA confirmation email or DFA appointment code on your target date - well, you're not alone. There seems to be a glitch in the current system or a backlog on the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmation emails.

But don't PANIC! 

The email will come in, hours after. So don't worry!
There seems to be a delay in the system, but the DFA appointment code does eventually come in. Also do check your spam folder and other email folders.

Well what if it doesn't? What if I still don't have my email after 3 days?

The 72 Hour Reset of your Passport Booking Application
According to several Pinoys who have experienced this firsthand, there is a reset window. 

Your appointment booking has a reset of 72 hours (a total of 3 days since the time you filed it) meaning you can try booking the appointment slot you wanted after 3 days (if its still there).

If it's still not there and still no email. You will have to wait another 72 hours for the reset and apply again.

Keep in mind that whenever we apply to a government facility for paperwork we have to be patient.They are handling requests for the whole country. Compared to the situation decades ago, the government system in handling paperwork now is a huge leap. I commend the online ordering system of Census/NSO and the NBI Clearance which is quite efficient and very out of the dark ages. I hope the same can happen for the DFA and the UMID systems.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Notice to the Public Letter About Employee

To All,

Please be advised that Ms. Jessica Bravo Sims of Belaville Newt Avenue whose picture appears here is no longer connected to LLC Recruitment, Inc.since January 1, 2016. Any transaction made or which she may, hereafter undertake in behalf of LLC Recruitment shall not be honored by the company.


Monday, July 18, 2016

PSA Certificate is the New NSO birth certificate

Huwag malito, PSA is the new NSO.

Request for your PSA (formerly NSO) birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage Record), or request for a death certificate online from the Philippine Statistics Authority. Your PSA certificate will be delivered to you in 2-3 days anywhere in the Philippines. It's your fast and hassle-free way of processing your PSA certificate requests. 

We all have to get a new one dahil wala na ang NSO seal/logo, what's placed there is the new PSA logo. You will need a new one when you're applying for a passport or visa purposes.You will need a new PSA logo birth certificate if you're getting government digitized IDs.

Though mystery talaga ang BIR Digitized TIN ID, wala pa ako na me-meet na meron ito, DFA insists na meron and part ng accepted IDs, BIR says the print out ID they have ay yun na ang digitized ID. Anyone with the new digital BIR TIN ID that's similar to the digitized SSS UMID, sana i-post niyo.

But the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority Birth Certificate) costs around P315 pesos then pay through banks BDO and Unionbank counters with the print out of your online application. You can apply for a PSA certificate- birth, death or CENOMAR via the census website online -

Okay para malinaw, paano mag apply ng PSA Birth certificate, mag order sa website na ito Philippine Statistics Authority -

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pokemon Go Philippines: MMDA Issues Public Safety Advisory to Pokemon Trainers

Just a friendly reminder from fellow Charmander hunters in the MMDA. What can I say? This is a good safety call from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Taiwan Excellence Philippines: Have Fun at the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone at SM MOA on July 8 to 10

Interested in seeing more excellent Taiwanese products here in the Philippines? Do you want to experience some of the most exciting and innovative products from Taiwan?

Come visit the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone at SM City Mall of Asia Atrium on July 8 to 10, 2016. Organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under MOEA of Taiwan government, the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone will showcase Taiwan’s most dynamic brands, which bears the Taiwan Excellence seal that confirms their high quality and product superiority. Covering the ICT, Home and Living, and Sports and Leisure industries, mall goers will get the opportunity to discover Taiwan's best brands and purchase from a wide selection featuring more than 200 products from 54 brands like Acer, ASUS, D-Link, Sakura and Transcend.

For this mall event, variety of Taiwan’s sports and fitness equipment will also be showcased including KYMCO’s motorcycles that redefine transportation means; Pacific’s bikes that continuously provides inventive ways to make biking more exciting; and Johnson’s fitness products that can be your partner in maintaining your personal health.

For added excitement, there will be a dance group performance by Coven PH and a fashion show to keep you entertained while going through the assorted items on display. Watch Daryl Ong, Morissette Amon, and KZ Tandingan as they render a show-stopping performance. Model actor Mikael Daez and cosplayer sisters Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao will also be present to greet exhibit guests.

Join the booth navigation tours and brand presentations, and see how the featured products can complement your lifestyle. Brands such as Asus, Heartway, and MSI will offer their products at a discounted rate. There will also be games and lucky draws, wherein prizes will be raffled off to lucky guests.

Save the date and discover the possibilities that Taiwan brands can bring to your life!

About Taiwan Excellence
The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries.

Organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA
The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position have been adjusted regularly to meet the needs of the ever changing international economic and trade environments. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.

Implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How to Travel to Biñan Laguna from EDSA, Metro Manila Philippines?

How to commute to Biñan Laguna? Paano punta ng Biñan Laguna?

Traveling from Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Biñan City Laguna is very simple. How simple? Let us consider the two ways you can get there—travelling using your car or riding a public transportation.


If you are using your private car, it is recommended to travel early especially on Mondays and Fridays. You don’t want to spend two to three hours of your time getting stuck on traffic just because your alarm didn’t do its duty and wake you up around 5 AM to 7 AM which offers less to no traffic. Ready your gas for approximately 40 kilometers via Metro Manila Skyway and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

When travelling to Biñan Laguna by way of public transportation, you can just look for a bus terminal or wait for a bus going to Pacita along the stretch of EDSA. Or head off to a JacLiner Bus Station in Kamias, Quezon City (this is along Kamias-EDSA right beside Jollibee). Once you board it will be a 2-3 hour ride (depends on the traffic) and you will alight at the bus station in Biñan Laguna.

A Biñan Laguna bus ticket costs approximately Php70 and Php60 for students. If you want to go to the public market of Biñan, which is the largest public market in the CALABARZON region, you can just ride a jeepney going to Biñan.

That’s it. That is how you travel from EDSA to Biñan. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sample SSS Letters: Social Security System Philippines

Delayed ba ang SSS UMID mo? What about your SSS loan status? How to see your list of SSS Payments? Do you know your total SSS contributions?

Sample letters you can use to follow up inquiries at the Social Security System (SSS) in the Philippines.

Social Security System (SSS)

SSS Main Bldg, East Ave., Diliman, Q.C.

Here are some sample letters that can help you follow up on the status of your SSS issues. Just click on the link below:

Request Letter for UMID Card SSS ID

Status of SSS Loan Letter

Follow-up Letter on SSS Salary Loan

SSS Letter: How to Continue SSS Benefits Payments

Request Letter for Certificate of Employment: Availing SSS Maternity Health Benefits

Request for manual verification and computation of SSS Contributions