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DFA PASSPORT: Appointment Slots Are Available Now!

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Maybe it's the pressure from the social media, which was amplified even more when the mainstream media began picking up the story of the outcry from affected people. Whatever the root cause is, you can go ahead now and set an appointment online in select DFA offices in the country. And when I mean now, I mean RIGHT NOW!



I just checked the DFA appointment system and there are slots for April 2018 in select DFA Offices in Metro Manila. And here's a thing that's even more interesting, Tacloban DFA has an opening this month January 2018! Wow...whether you care about the alleged corruption inside the DFA or not, you can set it aside and set an appointment now, I mean NOW!



Fully Booked Since mid-December 2017 The DFA Passport appointment system is fully booked until March 2018. It opened up the slots early December last year but just after a week or two, all 27 offices has become fully booked. This sparked outrage among citizens. Reports have emerged that while the system is ful…

TECHNOLOGY: Cebu Pacific App Now Have a Guest List Feature!

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Thank you very much Cebu Pacific! At last, my most awaited feature in Cebu Pacific Air app has finally arrived: the Guest List. You see, I book flights for a lot of people and through the years, I have accumulated a guest list of over 50 people and 30 of them were repeaters. So the Guest List feature is really handy!


A Brief History About five or so years ago, Cebu Pacific introduced the Guest List feature in their website which allows logged-in users to save the details of people they booked in the past. You can also manually enter details. And that feature is awesome as it saved a lot of time. You don't need to input the Name and Birth date details over and over again. But about two years ago, when Cebu Pacific revamped its website (which is good overall), that feature was put into a limbo. You can still access the guest list in the Manage booking section of the website but it cannot be accessed directly during booking.



And there came the official Cebu Pacific Air app in 2015. I…

SCAM: My First Scam Text This Year; 850000 Pesos from GMA Kapuso Foundation

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It's a brand new year for everyone, including local scammers. And despite all the efforts by PLDT and Globe Telecom to curb text message scammers, from time to time, they still creep out and show up in our inboxes. And as hard to believe as the messages of winning some great amounts of money is the fact that there are still people who believe them. I personally know someone and that scam text message triggered events that turn her life upside down. So my point is, we still need to be careful regarding these scam messages. The danger is real!


So without further ado, here's the scam message I received a few days ago. On Sunday, January 7, 2018 at exactly 3:33PM (PH time), I received this message from a certain Atty. Jhon Acosta with phone number 09552962911

Congratulations!
Ursim# Hadwon PHP850,000
From(GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION) To Claim Send Ur (NAME/ADD/AGE)
&Call Me Now
Im Atty;JHON ACOSTA
DTI#0391s2018
Thankyou,



 Do Not Ever Reply Obviously, this is a scam. It bears all the…

Angkas is Back in the Streets But For Delivery Only

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Angkas is now back in the streets after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) banned their operation late last year. Now they're back but not as a human transport service but as a parcel delivery service. So, let's all welcome Angkas Padala!


Their mobile app was also updated to match the new service offering. Just go to the your App Store and Google Play to update.


How Much Does it Cost to Deliver? For Manila, the base price is 50 Pesos for the first two kilometers, and 10 Pesos per succeeding kilometer. Pricing may vary based on demand. 
For Cebu, the flag down price is 20 Pesos and 15 Pesos  per kilometer for the first 8 kilometer, and 20 pesos per kilometerbeyond that
Weight and size should not exceed 10 kilograms and 43cm x 38cm x 24cm dimensions respectively.
All items must be unsealed and inspected by the biker before delivery. Prohibited items includes cash, precious stones, jewelry, banderols/tax stickers, negotiable instruments, weapons an…

DFA PASSPORT APPOINTMENT: Went to Cebu DFA and Here's What I Discovered

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All the passport appointment slots on all 27 branches of DFA is already filled up (or blocked?). Yes, you can check it out at https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment/individual/site. The only time I saw it opened up was the first week of December 2017. Then after a few weeks, all slots were already taken.

So earlier this month, I had a chance to visit Cebu DFA and I asked if there's a way to get my passport processed even though the slots were already taken. Like, walk-in in the afternoon after all the passport appointments have already been accommodated. After all, DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano mentioned that there's about 40% no-show on the appointments, so I was thinking that there must be some extra time the DFA can accommodate walk-ins. Turns out..no...you really need an appointment. But wait, here's something you would like to know.



So, when I arrived at Cebu DFA, I asked the guard. What I discovered made me feel confused (and suspicious). Here's what I'm talk…