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DFA to accept e-payments next year for passport applications

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 December 2017 03:10 PM

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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 Sec. Locsin to visit China next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 12:22 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will embark on a four-day official visit to China next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday (March 16).

The official visit will take place from March 18 to 21, upon the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“Secretary Locsin and his Chinese counterpart will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss the strengthening of the friendly relations between the Philippines and China in the spirit of mutual respect and through enhanced functional cooperation,” the DFA said in a statement.

The two foreign ministers are also expected to tackle ways to advance the larger goal of “bringing peace and prosperity to the region.”

This will be Locsin’s first visit to China since assuming the post in October last year.

The Duterte administration has been vocal on its intent to forge stronger economic ties with China despite a maritime dispute over the South China Sea.

The incumbent government has opted to hold a bilateral consultation mechanism with China to settle the dispute, setting aside discussions on the permanent court of arbitration’s ruling on the contested waterways.

In 2016, the international tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s expansive nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea. – Robie de Guzman

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Courtesy seats for PWDs, seniors, pregnant women now mandatory in QC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:15 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The local government of Quezon City has ordered all establishments in the city to designate courtesy seats for Persons with disability (PWDs), pregnant women and senior citizens, under Ordinance No. 2804 S-2018.

The recently-approved policy also compels private and public establishments in Quezon City to provide additional seating and a courtesy seat signage for PWDs, expecting mothers and the elderly.

In case the designated seats are being occupied by other people, establishment owners and managers must exercise their authority to have the seat vacated for PWDs, seniors and pregnant customers.

The ordinance is aimed at extending additional reasonable accommodation to address their special needs and concerns, apart from the existing national laws establishing special lanes and other privileges for the said sectors.

Under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the measure, the local offices of Social Services, PWD Affairs, Senior Citizens Affairs, and the Business Permit and Licensing are tasked to strictly implement, monitor and inspect the establishments for compliance.

Owners, managers and operators of establishments who fail to implement the new policy will receive a notice of violation or warning for the first offense.

A fine of P5,000 and/or suspension of business permit for six months on the second offense and a fine of P5,000 and/or revocation of business permits shall be meted out to establishments found to have violated the policy for the third time.  

For government institutions, the notice of warning will be issued to the head of office or department that failed to comply with the local policy. – Robie de Guzman

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Duterte signs OFW Handbook bill

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 4 March 2019 11:47 AM

Repatriated Overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11227 or “The Handbook for Overseas Filipino Workers of 2018” mandating the government to publish a handbook about the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers.

Duterte signed the law last February 22 and was released to the media on March 2.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is tasked to publish the handbook and distribute it free of charge.

It will also be translated to different dialects for all OFWs to fully understand their rights as well as the labor and living conditions in the country of their destination.

Through this handbook, workers can be aware of the benefits and drawbacks of working overseas as well as to help them understand their responsibilities as a migrant worker in the country they will be working in.

It also aims to complement the worker education program of various agencies.

The POEA will implement the law along with the Department of Labor and Employment in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, Commission on Filipinos Overseas and Maritime Industry Authority. —Aileen Cerrudo

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