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SSS releases P178 million in unemployment benefits

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The Social Security System (SSS)  said it released P178 million in 2019 under its unemployment benefit or involuntary separation insurance program, which is one of the key features of Republic Act 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018 which t...

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QCPD arrest 111 suspects in illegal gambling

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Quezon City launched an all-out crackdown against all forms of illegal gambling with the arrest of 111 individuals, including the rescue of seven minors, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, according to Mayor Joy Belmonte. Citing a report from the Quezon C...

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Birth Certificate requirement for passport renewal

DFA lifts birth certificate requirement for passport renewal

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. issued Department Order No. 03-2019 removing the requirement of presenting birth certificate when renewing passport.

"The Department recognizes the need to enhance the convenience of and unburden the public and passport applicants from unnecessary requirements for the renewal of their passports," the order said.

"Therefore, the presentation of birth certificate in the application for the renewal of passport shall not be required, it added.

The order covers only regular renewals of passports and shall not cover the following cases where birth certificates are still required:

  • first-time passport applications;
  • renewal applications for lost and mutilated passports;
  • renewal applications requiring changes in the passport entries;
  • renewal applications of old brown and green passports bearing no complete middle name; and,
  • applicants included in the department's watchlist

Netizens raised complaints over the weekend when Locsin said the agency had lost its data to a previous contractor and would therefore require birth certificate to renew passport.

On Tuesday, Locsin took back his word and said that the former passport contractor did not run away with the data, but only made them inaccessible. 

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