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DFA to accept e-payments next year for passport applications

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) shall implement the electronic payment of passports for citizens who wish to apply for a passport or renew one in 2018.

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said DFA is completing the system for the online appointment of passports.

To avoid the surge of online appointments, the DFA is also considering to forfeit the payments of those who will not appear on their scheduled appointments.

“Kung meron nang e-payment (once e-payment is in place), when you make your appointment, we will get either 50% or 100% pag hindi ka dumating (when you don’t appear). So that should take away all of this,” Cayetano said.

The DFA meanwhile clarified that passports may be immediately available for senior citizens, single parents,
persons with disabilities or PWD’s, children below 7 years old accompanied by siblings or parents, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) even for their first trip outside the country.

The DFA will also deploy mobile passport processing units to bring passport processing closer and more accessible for the public. – UNTV News & Rescue

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DFA opens online appointment for 10-year validity passports

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will start issuing passports with 10-year validity starting January 2018.

This follows the Republic Act 10928 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August which aims to extend the Philippine passport validity up to 10 years except for passports issued for minors that will remain to have a five-year validity.

That is why to those who wish to apply or renew their passports, you can already apply for a passport appointment online at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment.

You may schedule an individual or group appointment by choosing a date that has an available slot.

Senior citizens with IDs, persons with disabilities, single parents with a valid solo parent ID, pregnant women with a medical certificate and children seven years old and below, do not need to apply for an appointment.

Passport fees will remain the same: P950 pesos for regular processing and P1,200 pesos for express processing.

The DFA reminds applicants that scheduling of appointments is free and beware of “fixers”. UNTV News & Rescue

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Malaysian Gov’t warns companies firing local workers to hire foreigners

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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The government of Malaysia has warned companies against firing local workers to hire foreign ones.

Any company found to have violated the Employment Act of 1955 will have to pay a fine of 10,000 ringgit or more than 100,000 pesos.

In an advisory issued by the Malaysian government, companies operating in the country are allowed to accept foreign workers for additional manpower, and not for replacement of local employees.

Nevertheless, the said advisory is not expected to affect current foreign workers in Malaysia including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as it does not require their dismissal from work.

In fact, companies in Malaysia continue to hire foreign workers, and they do so without violating the employment act.

“One of the reasons some continue to hire foreign workers is because of their job dedication and also local workers they have many job opportunities,” said Carsem Semiconductor Head of Engineering Peter Wong.

“Why do companies in Malaysia prefer to hire foreigners, like Nepalese, Bangladeshis, and Filipinos? Because they pay us lower than the locals here,” said Jose Cajaljal, a hotel staff.

Foreign workers are in-demand in the sectors of manufacturing and services in Malaysia. Despite the government advisory, many OFWs here are not worried because of their dedication to their jobs, which employers want.  — Maya Barquez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Clark International Airport adds more domestic and international flights

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: A domestic flight carrier taking off (RYAN MENDOZA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities continue to conduct improvements at the Clark International Airport in Clark Pampanga.

This is to address the fast increase in the number of passengers who want to avoid the expected congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.

One of them is Nelsa Sebastian who has been working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hongkong for nine years now.

Before, Nelsa takes flights at NAIA. However, she now prefers the Clark Airport.

“It’s faster here and more comfortable. Especially at the luggage area. Upon arriving, it’s already here. Unlike at NAIA, you have to wait for several hours. You have to wait about 30 minutes to an hour,” said Sebastian.

An airline company opened on Tuesday a route from Clark Airport to Singapore and vice versa.

Currently, there are 156 international flights and 124 domestic flights at the said airport.

“In the next 2 months, in terms of domestic connectivity, we have nine news destinations and additional to the existing ones” There are more and more passengers using Clark because it’s destination is increasing,” said Clark International Airport Corp. President & CEO Alexander Cauguiran.

Many of the passengers of the Clark International Airport are from Northern and Central Luzon.

Airport authorities designate 15 point-to-point (P2P) buses for Metro Manila residents seeking to book flights at the said airport. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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