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DFA Cancels Birth Certificate Requirements for Passports
Cloey Mangali

DFA Removes Birth Certificate Requirement For Passport Renewals

Good news to those seeking to renew their Philippine passports. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), birth certificates will no longer be a requirement for passport renewals.This department order comes on the heels of recent reports of a passp...

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Passport Data Leak
Cloey Mangali

DFA Passport 'Data Breach': Here’s What We Know So Far

Over the weekend, news spread that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) “lost” passport data after a former contractor allegedly “took off” with them following the termination of its contract. The data breach at the DFA came to light last Tuesday, J...

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Kristel Serran

VAT-Free Medicines For Hypertension, Diabetes, And High Cholesterol In 2019

The Department of Finance (DOF) released in January 2019 a list of VAT-free medicines for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels.On the first day of the year 2019, an amendment to Republic Act 10963—popularly known as the Tax Reform for Accelera...

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Black Nazarene 2019
Cloey Mangali

Traslacion 2019: Route, Activities, And Road Closures

For the past 20 years, it has been an annual tradition for devout Filipino Catholics to join the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene.The Traslacion is the largest procession of the 17th-century statue of the dark-skinned Jesus, believed to be miraculous by millio...

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Two Policies Are About To Make Our Roads Much Better
Dino Mari Testa

Road Safety Education Bill, Motorcycle Taxis: Two Ways Philippine Roads Could Improve In 2019

We can all agree that for Filipinos to break the cycle of terrible driving habits, road safety education should start in the formative years. For adults to become better drivers on the road, they should be taught early on about it in school. Turns out, a membe...

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Cloey Mangali

Fines For Illegal Parking In Metro Manila’s Streets Expected To Rise Starting January 2019

The Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) has moved the start of the implementation of higher parking fines from December 19, 2018, to January 7, 2019.The “no-towing policy” project of the MMDA which was announced last August 31, 2018, aims to i...

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Dino Mari Testa

Report: Philippines Is The Most Gender-Equal Country In Asia, 8th In The World

Just in time for the stunning victory of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Gender Gap Report 2018. Out of 149 countries, the Philippines ranked eighth, making it the most gender-equal country in Asia.According...

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Angkas TRO
Cloey Mangali

Angkas Operations Halted Once Again After Supreme Court Issues TRO

Once again, the operations of the motorcycle-based ride-hailing app Angkas have been halted.The Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on a decision by a Mandaluyong court last August that allowed Angkas to begin serving the commuting public....

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Swimming Ban on Panglao and El Nido Beach
Kristel Serran

Swimming Ban In Effect in Panglao And El Nido Beaches

After the closure and rehabilitation of Boracay, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are turning their attention to the beaches of Panglao, Bohol and El Nido, Palawan.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romul...

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Tax-Free Health Card Premiums
Cloey Mangali

BIR: Health Card Premiums No Longer Taxable

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will no longer be taxing health card premiums.Last May, the BIR released Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 50-2018, which clarified the income and withholding tax provisions of Revenue Regulations 8-2018 and 11-2018 under the...

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