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DFA improving passport application system

DFA improving passport application system.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesJan 13th, 2018

New passport payment scheme to ease application process

The new system involving the advance payment of passport processing fees will encourage applicants to appear at the Department of Foreign Affairs consular offices on their date of appointment to avoid forfeiture of their payment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Council okays Prime Water franchise

The Iloilo City council has approved the application of the Villar-led Prime Water for a franchise to construct and operate a water distribution system in Iloilo. More details later The post Council okays Prime Water franchise appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

SSS accepts calamity loan applications of Ompong victims in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY, Nov 9 (PIA) -- Social Security System (SSS) Tarlac Branch continues to accept calamity loan application of members and pensioners that were affected by typhoon "Ompong."Tarlac B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

SSS accepts calamity loan applications of Ompong victims in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY, Nov 9 (PIA) -- Social Security System (SSS) Tarlac Branch continues to accept calamity loan application of members and pensioners that were affected by typhoon "Ompong."Tarlac B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

SSS-Tabuk accepting calamity loan applications

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Oct. 29 (PIA) --The Social Security System (SSS)- Tabuk Service Office is now accepting calamity loan application to members affected by typhoon 'Ompong'.Charity Sacki o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

SSS-Tabuk accepting calamity loan applications

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Oct. 29 (PIA) --The Social Security System (SSS)- Tabuk Service Office is now accepting calamity loan application to members affected by typhoon 'Ompong'.Charity Sacki o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

With mobile app, pharmacy logbooks to go digital by 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin implementing a policy requiring pharmacies nationwide to use a mobile application that will digitize logbooks by 2020. Southeast Asian healthcare data startup mClinica donated the app called the electronic Drug Safety System (eDSS), which only pharmacists and the FDA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

MAJOR POINT: Finding Family Away From Home

I’ve been in the Philippines now for over 21 years. I can’t believe it has been that long, but I just checked my passport stamp the other day and sure enough my arrival stamp says August 2, 1997. So many things have happened since then that it puts me in this weird nostalgic state of mind thinking back to how I was back then. I had no idea what was in store for me when I decided to try my luck in professional basketball in the Philippines. I thought I knew. I thought I knew everything, but I really had no clue. I was recruited by a Filipino agent living in the United States to come to the Philippines to play basketball. This made me feel pretty special. I had put together a solid playing resume in high school and college and had played a year professionally in Denmark. I thought I would come to the Philippines, play basketball for 11 years, retire, go back to Michigan and get into coaching. That was my plan. It was pretty simple to me. I never thought about the people I’d meet or the relationships I’d build during my stay in the Philippines. And even though I knew nobody in the Philippines, I didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to go to the Philippines to play basketball. There were a few things I underestimated when I came to the Philippines back in 1997. Being from Michigan, the heat was a often times painful adjustment to get used to. I had never lived in a big city before, so Manila and its traffic was also something to get used to. I don’t speak Tagalog, so getting around that can still be difficult at times. The style of play here in the Philippines is different than I was used to, so I had to get used to that. But, the biggest adjustment for me was that I knew absolutely no one when I came to the Philippines. I had no friends. My mom is from Lawaan, Eastern Samar. She had only been back once since she had left the Philippines in the late 1960s. Most of my relatives on her side of the family still live in the province. So while, I have family in the Philippines, I don’t have any relatives in Metro Manila. So, here I was, on the other side of the planet with no family and no friends. Like most people, I like having friends. I had always had a close group of friends in high school and college. Playing a year in Denmark, not having my friends around was probably my biggest adjustment and I went through a rough period of homesickness there. Now that I was in the Philippines, I was in a different, but also similar situation. In my early years here in the Philippines, I played for two great teams. My first team was Tanduay Rhum. My first coach was Alfrancis Chua and my first boss was Boss Bong Tan. Both of those guys took great care of me. After four years with them, I was then traded to Barangay Ginebra. My boss there was Boss Henry Cojuangco. He also took great care of me. I had many great teammates through the years, including my years on those two teams. My teammates were very welcoming of me and I enjoyed my time on the court with those guys. However, when practice ended. My teammates would go back to their friends, family and responsibilities and I would go back to an empty condo unit. Everyday I would have practice in the morning from 9-12. After practice, I’d eat and then go find a gym to workout in. By the time I was done with my workout at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, I would then have to figure out what to do from 3 or 4 until the time I went to bed around 10 or 11. I thought a lot differently back then than I do now, so most of that time was wasted. I spent a lot of that time alone, bored, in front of the TV, just waiting for the day to end, so I could get up and do it again the next day. Although I was living my dream of playing professional basketball, it was strange for me to be living that life day after day after day. My first couple of years here, I didn’t have a car. I didn’t know my way around Manila. I didn’t know anybody outside of my team. I was living in Quezon City in a non-walkable area. It was a grind. I often wondered how long I could continue to stay on that type of grind. It wasn’t until after 18 months of living that way that I started to meet other Filipino-Americans that were going through similar experiences. In the late 1990s, the PBA landscape was much different than it is today. One thing that was a lot different, was there weren’t as many Fil-Ams as there are today. Having Fil-Am players playing in the PBA was still a new thing. There was a novelty about us. We were the new kids in school, in a way. Guys like Jeff Cariaso, Andy and Danny Seigle, Nic Belasco, Ali Peek, Noy Castillo, Rudy Hatfield and myself had played college basketball in the United States. The basketball fans here in the Philippines didn’t know who we were before we went high in the PBA Draft and then started playing in the PBA. Most of us were the only Fil-Americans on our teams. Upon meeting them, I found out that these guys were living the similar grind I had been going through. It’s hard to explain, but after meeting some of the other Fil-American basketball players, my life instantly got better. It was so refreshing to hear about their experiences. Although, we were all different and from different areas of the US, we were basically going through the same thing at near the same stage of our lives. We were all out here on our own trying to make it in professional basketball in country that was new to us. I found comfort in learning that other people were struggling with similar things that I was struggling with. There is always pressure to win in professional sports. My new friends helped me deal with that pressure. Learning about other peoples experiences in similar situations, having an outlet and having fun with new friends off of the court, helped bring balance to my life. I related to those guys. I smiled and laughed more when I was around those guys. Two guys in particular that helped me were Jeffrey Cariaso and Andy Seigle. Both of those guys are older than me and had been in the country and the PBA before I was. I looked to both of them for advice and valued their opinions. Jeff is from San Francisco was drafted in the PBA in 1995. By the time I had met Jeff in 1999, Jeff had won the PBA Rookie of the Year, had won multiple championships and was a multiple time PBA All-Star. Jeff was always a guy I respected for the way he handled himself on the court and off of it. Jeff was also a leader in the Fil-Am community here, organizing dinners and get togethers. Even today, it is nice to be able to message Jeff and he is still always willing to listen or give advice. Jeff will always shoot you straight. A friend like him is hard to find. Andy was the number one overall pick in the 1997 PBA Draft. At 6 for 10 Andy was the first Fil-Am from my generation to have big expectations put on his shoulders the very first day he stepped on a PBA court. Dealing with that pressure must have been tough, but Andy was one of the most accommodating, giving people I have ever met. Whenever he was doing something, he would invite me. Random days out of the blue, he would invite me to his house to have dinner with his family. Andy would host dinners at his house for holidays, where families from different teams would get together to celebrate. I was fortunate enough to eventually play with Andy at Ginebra, where we won three championships together. Having him in practice and as a friend made my life better in the Philippines. Just as Jeff and Andy helped me, I also tried to help new Fil-Americans that came to the Philippines after me. Rudy Hatfield came to Tanduay a couple of years after I had been there and I tried to show him the ropes. We became very close friends. When Jimmy Alapag and Harvey Carey were new to the country in 2002 and 2003, respectively, I tried help where I could. I can’t say I ever really mentored anybody, but I always tried to listen, and share. Even if I can only help you laugh or smile more, I know that can help. Those guys have also become close friends of mine. I know they have also helped others that have come after them. Since Alapag and Carey arrived, there have already been a couple generations of new Filipino American basketball players. I still see the younger Fil-Ams from different teams hanging out together. While I’ve heard that some people view that as Fil-Ams trying to separate themselves, I don’t believe that is true. Just like guys from the same province or same school are more likely to hang out together, young Fil-Ams are more likely to hang out together. It’s a natural thing to gravitate to things and people you relate to and have something in common with. It’s not the easiest thing to do, to go to a foreign country where you have no family and friends to start a new career. I know. I’ve been there. A lot of things have changed for me since 1997, when I first came to this country. I am now married and have two small children of my own. My wife, kids and her family provide my support system now, as I do for them. However, there was a time and a long time where I didn’t have that. My Fil-American friends were my family and support system. And while that wasn’t ideal, I was always taught to do the best with what you had. I’m thankful for what I had. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He currently writes for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Filipina steals sister’s identity for a passport, may lose U.S. citizenship

BANGOR, Maine --- A Filipino woman who stole her sister's identity and faked her own death in order to apply for a passport may lose her U.S. citizenship. The Bangor Daily News reports 43-year-old Emilita Arindela, of Mount Desert Island, was sentenced in federal court inMainelast week to 10 days in jail for making a false statement on her passport application. It's unclear if federal authorities will revoke her citizenship. Prosecutors say Arindela was already married when she married an American man in 2000. She moved to the U.S. in 2002 and later became a naturalized citizen, using her sister's name. Arindela left her second husband and married another man in 2007. Arinde...Keep on reading: Filipina steals sister’s identity for a passport, may lose U.S. citizenship.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

PBA: Move to off guard has unlocked new level to Banchero s game

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Chris Banchero is having quite a PBA Governors' Cup for Alaska. Banchero is one of only two locals averaging a double-double this conference, averaging 16.8 points, 10.2 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game. On Saturday, Banchero had another 15 points and 12 dimes and Alaska beat San Miguel, 129-119. The Aces are now tied for second place for the conference with a 5-1 mark. "Guys are making shots so it’s easy for me. My job is to find open guys and kind of be a floor general," Banchero said. "Huge win for us. San Miguel is a championship team so anytime we can get a win against them it’s big for us. We’re playing good basketball right now, everybody’s doing their jobs," he added. While he still runs the Alaska offense, Banchero actually moved to shooting guard for the Governors' Cup. The move has paid off and he's been able to run his team's system better despite being designated as an off guard. "I’m very comfortable. I feel good. I can get out. Transition is really my strength so I can get out and put pressure on the defense and then, find the open shooters so it’s a really good move," he said. "I’ve played well since he’s moved me to the two," Banchero added. With his performance improving every game, Banchero is confident to say that he's having the best stretch of his PBA career thus far. Which only benefits Alaska's title hopes of course. "This is the best I’ve felt during my career. I’m very comfortable now. I’ve been with Alaska for quite some time now so it’s my job to produce," he said. "They put a lot into me and I’m glad that I’m playing well. All the guys are playing well too and they deserve as much credit as I do," Banchero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Cebuano News: SSS aduna na y mobile app

CEBU CITY, September 26 (PIA) - Aduna nay mobile application nga gilusad ang ang Social Security System (SSS) alang sa mga miembro.Mamahimo na nga matan-aw sa usa ka miembro ang iyang mga re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Cebuano News: SSS aduna na y mobile app

CEBU CITY, September 26 (PIA) - Aduna nay mobile application nga gilusad ang ang Social Security System (SSS) alang sa mga miembro.Mamahimo na nga matan-aw sa usa ka miembro ang iyang mga re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

SSS launches mobile app

State-run Social Security System (SSS) said it recently launched its own mobile application to provide members another platform to access the state fund’s services......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

UAAP: Angelo Kouame shines in another blowout win

Ateneo de Manila University earned their third straight blowout win in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament over University of Santo Tomas and it was first year player Angelo Kouame who led the 32-point demolition job. Going eight from nine from the field, Kouame poured 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds and four blocks. But in true Kouame fashion, he credited no one but his band of brothers. "My teammates are the best. I really like my teammates, the way we move in the court, the way we share the ball, it makes me open so I say thank you to them," said the Ivorian athlete whose average after five UAAP games is at 9.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. According to assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, Kouame's revelation game was just a result of the system the Ateneo preaches. "I wish we could tell you that we had a game plan wherein he’s gonna score 20 points, but that’s not how we play. We played based on the system. It can be Raffy Verano, he had a lot of points last game. It’s Angelo today. I don’t know next game who it will be. It’s just the way we play," said Arepacochaga. Fourteen out of the 15 Ateneans who played in the game scored exhibiting that in their team, it's every Blue Eagles' game.  "It was a very good team effort on our part because if you noticed, because it’s not one-on-one moves with Angelo. Of course he had a couple of good moves and we’re happy that he’s improving, but it’s the passes from guards, from Thirdy and from four men that were important for us in getting the scoring opportunities," explained Arespacochaga. Standing at 4-1, Ateneo has seen multiple players shine aside from their usual suspects. With a UAAP rivalry match coming up against La Salle on Saturday, another stage for probably a different Blue Eagle is set......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

A ray of hope

Everything seems to be looking up as far as improving the country’s airport system is concerned......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Saudi woman’s case against father stirs ‘guardianship’ debate

By Agence-France Presse A Saudi court has ruled in favour of a woman who challenged her father’s decision to not let her have a passport, reports said Thursday, stirring an online debate on the contentious male guardianship system. The conservative kingdom requires women to seek permission from male “guardians” — their fathers, husbands or other male […] The post Saudi woman’s case against father stirs ‘guardianship’ debate appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

SEC registration system shifts to full automation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is improving its company registration system as it transitions to full automation......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Convenience for a fee: DFA’s new passport appointment scheme

Following complaints of lack of appointment slots and the DFA's claims that the online system was defective, passport applicants are now required to pay an added P50 as convenience fee......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

New Keyboard App Comes with AI Assistant

Just recently, CooTek introduced a gamechanger in the keyboard mobile application market: the next-generation, AI-powered TouchPal. TouchPal enhances the typing speed and experience of its users by fully integrating a smart in-keyboard AI assistant into its system. “Talia” the AI generates increasingly accurate response recommendations with its Smart Reply feature, even predicting things such as […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018