St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Vigan, Ilocos Norte is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral or Vigan Cathedral.  The first Vigan Cathedral was ordered and built in 1574 by Juan de Salcedo.  The current church was constructed in 1790 and was finished in 1800.

It is located in front of Plaza Salcedo and  across the street on its right side is the Plaza Burgos and the famous Vigan Empanadahan.

It is surrounded with historical private and public buildings like Vigan Diocesan Seminary, Archbishop Palace where the Archbishop resides, Father Jose Burgos Residence, Vigan Municipal Hall and Provincial Capitol

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Cathedral’s view from Plaza Salcedo

 

Facade View - "the facade features Chinese lion dog ornaments and above the main doorway is an alcove depicting the conversion of St. Paul"

Facade View – “the facade features Chinese lion dog ornaments and above the main doorway is an alcove depicting the conversion of St. Paul”

 

Cathedral's Bell Tower located across the street at Plaza Burgos

Cathedral’s Bell Tower located across the street at Plaza Burgos

 

Interior View - Baroque architectural design that has been modified by Ilocanos to strengthen the structure against earthquakes, now known as "Earthquake Baroque Design"

Interior View – Baroque architectural design that has been modified by Ilocanos to strengthen the structure against earthquakes, now known as “Earthquake Baroque Design”

 

 

DFA Authentication of Documents

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of Consular Affairs-Authentication Division is pleased to announce that the following types of documents can now be accepted in all DFA Satellite Consular Offices (DFA-NCR East/SM Megamall and DFA­ NCR West/SM Manila) effective 01 JULY 2013:

1) NBI Clearance

2) Police Clearance*

3) Barangay Certification w/ Mayor Certification*

4) NSO issued documents in security paper including CENOMAR

5) Affidavits of Employment, Trainings/Seminars, and Baptism/Confirmation w/ Regional Trial Court (RTC) Certification

6) Other Notarized Documents (SPA, Affidavit of Support and Guarantee, Consent, etc.) with RTC Certification

7) Medical Certifications authenticated by DOH

8) PRC Documents

9) LTO License Certification (issued by LTO main office only)

10) Foreign Documents authenticated by the Philippine/Consulate or documents authenticated by Foreign Embassies/Consulates based in the Philippines

11) School Records (TOR, Diploma, Form 137, etc) w/ CHED, TESDA, or DEP-Ed Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV)

12) School Records with CAV issued by State Colleges and Universities

In addition, regardless of affinity, an applicant may send an authorized representative to apply on his behalf. Authorized Representative must have a valid ID and has to present a signed authorization letter or SPA from the applicant, a photocopy of applicant’s ID bearing his signature, and a photocopy of the authorized representative’s ID.

Note:

1. *Issued within Metro Manila only.

2. In case the document needs further verification, the applicant is advised to file at Authentication Division, Aseana Building, corner Bradco Ave., Macapagal Blvd., Parañaque City. 3. Liaison Officers of Recruitment Agencies are not allowed to transact authentication services at any Satellite Consular Office (SCO).

Reference: DFA Website

 

Procedure for OEC application in Doha, Qatar

This OEC application procedure also applies for working ladies under husband/father/family visa sponsorship, with or without labor card/permit

REQUIREMENTS (FOR NEW APPLICANTS)

  1. 2 copies of employment contract
  2. 2 copies of passport
  3. 2 copies of visa stamp or Qatar ID (pataka)
  4. 2 copies of Sponsor’s Qatar ID – applicable for Household Services Worker (HSW) only
  5. Original Passport
  6. at least 160 QR

REQUIREMENTS (WITH OLD OEC)

1.  Original Passport

2.  If you have new passport just bring the old passport for reference of your OEC stamp.

3. The Payment is 9 QR if your OEC is still valid.

4. PAYMENT FOR Pag-ibig Fund membership/premium (minimum premium QAR10 for 1 month)

PROCEDURE (for new applicants):

STEP 1: Present your original passport in the Reception Table. The Reception lady will give you the required forms to fill up, list of requirements and will direct you with the rooms assignments and procedure.

STEP 2: Proceed to “Room 1” for Contract verification. Get you queue number and wait for your turn. Prepare the Items 1 to 3 (and Item 4 as applicable) from the list above.  You will have to pay QAR40 as Verification Fee of the Contract.

STEP 3: Proceed to Room at 2nd Floor for OWWA membership. They will give you a form to fill up and submit. Then, you have to pay QAR93 for OWWA Membership Fee.

STEP 4: You have to submit the filled-up form provided at the Reception table from Step 1 with your original passport for OEC application. The OEC Fee is QAR9 (you may want to bring an exact amount as sometimes they don’t give change for QR10).

STEP 5: (Proceed to Ground Floor – SSS/Pag-ibig Office) Fill up a Pag-ibig Membership Application/Verification Form. If you do not know your membership ID Number, they will check for your Pag-ibig Number online. Then, you will be required to pay a minimum one quarter (3 months premium (QR30).  You may opt to pay a higher premium amount if you want or pay  for a whole year premium (minimum of QAR120 for 12 months).

Note: OWWA Membership is valid for 2 years but OEC is valid only for 60 days.  Your travel date back to Doha must be within 60 days (counting start from the date of your OEC application) or check the validity date written on your OEC. 

POLO OWWA REGULAR OFFICE HOURS: 

SUNDAY TO THURSDAY

8:30 AM to 12:00 NN

1:30 PM  to 4:00 PM 

(Ramadan Timings 8:00am to 2:00pm)

New Location of POLO/OWWA Office

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Application Procedure for Qatar Family Visit Visa

If you’re already a resident in Qatar and would like to get a member of your family for a visit, all you have to do is visit the Ministry of Interior website (click here) ; and then go to the MOI Forms section and download the “ENTRY VISA/EXTENSION APPLICATION” PDF and fill in the required information.

The visa is usually valid for 30 days, and can be extended by resubmitting the same form.

Requirements:

1) Filled up application form
2) Copy of your valid Qatar ID card
3) Copy of your valid Qatar Residence visa
4) Copy of valid passport of  your visitor (family member)
5) Copy of your proof of kinship with visitor (in either English or Arabic) with DFA Red ribbon and attested by Philippine Embassy and MOFA (Birth Certificate of your visitor, it may also include your marriage certificate, your wife’s birth certificate if visitor is in-laws)
7) Bank Statements (stamped) for minimum of 6 months (2 Copies)
8) Original letter from your work sponsor citing your profession and salary (Salary requirement is at least QR7000)
9.) Copy of attested work contract
10.) Copy of house rental and kharamaa (rent agreement or company letter stating that housing is company-sponsored)
11.) Copy of Educational Certificate with DFA Red ribbon and attested by Philippine Embassy and MOFA

Procedure:

1. After submission of application of the visa, the approval/rejection might come as soon as 1 working day or may take it’s own time (on average 1 week). If rejected (yes, even after accepting your application it might be rejected for various reasons), you can speak to the immigration head and explain to him (bring with you additional supporting documents). You can check the status of the visa under ‘Visa Approval Tracking’ and once approved you can print the visa under ‘Visa Enquiry & Printing’ by clicking this link .

The above link is for English and you can also print the visa in Arabic by going to the Arabic site.

The visa is valid for one month and can be extended up to 6 months (including the initial month) once your immediate family is in Qatar or 3 months for extended or non-immediate family member.

2. Take a copy of the visa and go to Qatar Airways office and book a ticket with a return date within 1 month (as the initial visa is valid for 1 month). Do not forgot to ask the ticket agent to add the message ‘OK to Board’ on the ticket PNR as this would tell the Qatar Airways staff in the Philippines that the original visa will be stamped on arrival.

3. Send the ticket, visa, your passport copy, your visitor’s passport copy and marriage certificate (as applicable). These documents should be enough.

4. Once your Visitor lands in Qatar, the immigration staff will stamp one month visa on her passport. Within this one month you will have to get her medical done to extend the visa. The medical can be done at Medical Commission or at Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic or Emadi Hospital. At the Medical Commission no prior appointment is required, your visitor needs to present his/her passport and a credit/debit card of yours to make the payment. After he/she clears the medical (which you can check online), you can go to any immigration office and extend the visa up to a maximum of further 5 months (or 3 months for extended family) – you can do this all in one go or every month. Once you have extended the visa, then you can extend the ticket.

Notes:

First Status – Application Under Review

Once you submit the applcation in the counter, it will show the status as above

Second Status – Under Processing With Expiry Date

It means, your application is approved, need to wait for a day or couple of days to take print out

Third Status – Visa is ready, please pay the fees at the nearest Immigration office

It is the last status, where you can go and pay the fees and take the print out

Final Status – Printed and Delivered

Once you recieved the print out, it will be changed to the above status.

Application Is Rejected

If your application is rejected, you need to go to the counter and request for committee meeting.

Application is Postponed

Some documents maybe missing, you need to go and ask at the counter for the reason, after that you can submit the additional or missing requirements.

Conditions/Reminders

  • Visit Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.
  • In case of applying for family visit for relatives, the wife should be residing in Qatar, or with housing rental proof or employment contract.
  • A reconciliation amount of QR200 per day is imposed on a visitor who overstays a visit visa and QR30 per day for not completing resident procedures within 7 working days from the date of entry.
  • A person may not apply for a visit visa for the same visitor before allowing six months from the date of previous rejection.

Direct Hire or Name Hire Procedure for OFWs

DEFINITION of Direct or Name Hire
Direct or Name hires are Filipino workers who are able to secure an overseas employment opportunity with an employer without the assistance or participation of any agency. They may have been directly contacted by a foreign employer by referral or have directly applied to their company. 

Although your future employer would take care of your requirements (plane ticket, work visa, etc.), you must still have certain documents processed at POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration).

POEA Address and Contact Details

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
632 722 1144 – 632 722 1155
info@poea.gov.ph

The requirements are the following: passport, work visa or work permit, employment contract verified or authenticated by the Philippine embassy or Philippine consulate in the country of your destination. You are also required to undergo a medical examination by a DOH-accredited clinic or hospital and a pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS).

Fees and Costs 

POEA Processing Fee – US$100 or its peso equivalent
OWWA membership fee – US$25 or its peso equivalent
OWWA Medicare – Php900.00

Required Documents 

You shall be issued an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), which serves as the OFW travel exit clearance at the airport and immigration counters. The OEC is also an exemption for OFWs from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fees. You shall likewise get a free OFW electron ID card or e-Card, which is your permanent identification card to facilitate your departure and access to services as OFW.

NAME HIRE PROCESSING PROCEDURE

REGISTRATION OF WORKERS AT 2ND FLOOR of POEA
STEP 1 – Register at Window 6 (Skilled/Professional Workers)
– Register at Window 14 (Household Workers)
– Take your seat and wait to be called
STEP 2 – When called, proceed to the counter as instructed (either counter 6,7,8
for skilled/professional workers or counter 13-14 for household workers)
STEP 3 – Submit your complete sets of documents (Original and Photocopy). Refer to list of requirements.
STEP 4 – Your documents will be verified from the computer, evaluated and then
returned to you. The evaluator will give you instructions, PDOS and
medical referral. Please choose from the list of accredited medical clinics
for your medical examinations (Click the link of DOH accredited clinic above). Training Certificate from TESDA and
OWWA Certificate of Competency are required for household workers.
STEP 5 – Proceed to OWWA for PDOS schedule and/or proceed to the medical
clinic you have chosen for your medical examination.
STEP 6 – After your PDOS and medical examination, go to Window 9 (skilled and professional workers) and Window 12 (household workers). Submit the
evaluated documents with PDOS certificate and the FIT TO WORK
medical certificate, the NC II and the COC (Household workers) for final
approval and issuance of the Order of Payment.
STEP 7 – Go to window 8 releasing area for the release of your original documents with RFP NUMBER.
STEP 8 – Go to window I, Ground Floor for assessment of payment the go to Window J and pay. An E-Receipt will be issued to you.

USES OF E-RECEIPT
1. Travel Tax Exemption
2. Free Airport/Terminal Fee
3. Reduced Travel tax for Dependents

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR NAME HIRE HOUSEHOLD SERVICE WORKERS (HSW)

PHASE I:
1. Employment Contract signed by the Worker and Employer, duly verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)/Labor Attache or authenticated by the Philippine Embassy
2. Work permit/Visa/No Objection Certificate or Equivalent Document
3. Valid Passport
4. 2 x 2 size latest photograph (For Medical Referral)
5. For Family Driver, Personal Accident Insurance and Motor Vehicle
Insurance duly verified by POLO/Labor Attache (for Middle East bound workers only)
6. Request for exemption from the direct hiring policyissued by the POLO/Labor Attache, as applicable
7. TESDA NC II for HSW (Exemptions: Canada and Ex-overseas HSWS)
8. For Taiwan COC (From TESDA)
9. OWWA Certificate on Language and Culture Orientation (for Middle East, Hongkong, Taiwan, China and Israel)

PHASE II:
1. Pre-depature Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate
2. Medical Certificate from DOH-Aaccredited OFW Medical Clinics/Hospitals (See this link)
(Except for Canada, Australia and New Zealand)
* pls prepare original and photocopy

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR NAME-HIRE SKILLED/PROFESSIONAL WORKERS

PHASE I:
1. -Employment contract duly signed by the Employer and Worker
-For Female Low-skilled Workers, Employment Contract duly signed by the Employer and Worker verified by Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)
2. Valid Working Visa/Work Permit/No Objection Certificate (NOC) OR Visa Assurance  from the Employer or any equivalent entry document
3. Valid Passport
4. 2 x2 size latest photograph (For Medical Referral)

PHASE II:
1. Pre-depature Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate
2. Medical Certificate from DOH-Aaccredited OFW Medical Clinics/Hospitals (See this link)
(Except for Canada, Australia and New Zealand)
* pls prepare original and photocopy

Reference: http://www.poea.gov.ph/ofw/nameHire.pdf

http://www.workabroad.ph/poea_guideline.php

NBI Clearance Application Process

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON NBI CLEARANCE PROCESSES

NBI is now implementing the NBI Biometric Clearance System, which involves the scanning of the ten fingers of clearance applicant. If the previous system of taking fingerprint impressions uses ink and is messy, the new system uses fingerprint scanner and will not leave any smudge on the fingers.

Since 2011, the NBI Clearance has now its own permanent site, the NBI Clearance building located at UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila.  It is within the Bureau’s Main Office premises at said place.  It is open from 6:00am to 5:00pm.

The regional and district offices, Local Government Units, and Ever Gotesco Malls are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Duty Free Phils. opens from 9:00am to 5:00pm (for Travel Abroad only) while Robinson Malls are open from 10:00am to 7:00pm.  All these processing centers are open from Mondays to Fridays except holidays.

How do we apply for NBI clearance under this new system?

– Go to the nearest NBI clearance outlet, the list of which will be enumerated below, and line up to get an application form. An application form may also be downloaded from here. Answer all the required personal data on the form.

Requirements:
– The requirements are two (2) valid Identification Cards, such as:

a) Valid passport

b) Voter’s ID

c) Driver’s License

d) PRC License

e) SSS ID

f) GSIS UM ID

g) Postal ID

h) School ID

i) TIN ID

j) Philhealth ID

k) Authenticated Birth Certificate

l) Alien Certificate of Registration

m) Senior Citizen’s ID

n) Previous Copy of NBI Clearance

The steps are as follows:
a) Present the accomplished application form, together with two (2) valid ID’s, to the Data Check Counter, for checking, if data are complete and correct;
b) Pay for the corresponding clearance fee at the Payment Counter;
c) The data on the application form will be encoded at the Data Entry or Encoding Counter. A PC monitor is provided for the applicants to check any encoding error, thus, avoiding repayment on their part and complaint against the encoder;
d) Picture-taking or image capture and scanning of the applicant’s fingerprints (Biometric) will follow;
e) At the Image and Biometric Counter, name of applicant is automatically searched against the Name Database to check whether one has no or with namesake;
f) NBI clearance certificate of one who has no namesake will be printed at the Printing Counter and released on the same date of application;
g) Those with namesakes are verified against the Criminal History Database to check whether one has criminal record/s;
h) Those with namesakes are advised to proceed to the Releasing Counter located at the Ground Floor of the Clearance Building, on the release date written at the back of the Official Receipt;
i) Those found to have criminal records are advised to proceed to the Quality Control for interview. Interviewers will require an applicant to execute an Affidavit of Denial if he is not the offender and Court Clearance/Order if he is the offender.

How much do we pay for NBI clearance application?
– Clearance fee depends on the purpose of application such as the following:

A. Naturalization, Cancellation of Alien Certificate Of Registration (ACR) and Repatriation –  Php415.00

B. Business Requirement, Change of Name, Permit to Carry Firearms, Adoption, NFA, POEA, PRA, SEC Requirement – Php165.00

C. Travel Abroad, Visa Seaman, Local Employment, Other Requirement – Php115.00

NBI Clearance Outlet Address
a) NBI Clearance Center U. N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila
b) Quezon City Hall Makatarungan St. Diliman QC
c) Muntinlupa City Victory Shopping Center, Alabang
d) Mandaluyong City Hall Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City
e) SM SouthMall Alabang Zapote Rd, Las Pinas
f) Robinson’s Place Basement I Ermita, Manila
g) Robinson’s Otis Level 2 Guanzon St Paco, Mlah) Robinson’s Galleria Basement I Ortigas Ave QC
i) Robinson’s Metro East Level 4 Marcos Hi-way Pasig
j) Robinson’s Cainta Level 2 Junction Cainta, Rizal
k) Robinson’s Novaliches Novaliches QC
l) Ever Gotesco Recto 3rd Flr Cinema 3 Recto Ave, Mla
m)Ever Commonwealth 2nd Flr Cinema I Comm., QC
n) Duty Free Fiesta Mall N Aquino Ave Paranaque City

Outside Metro Manila (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)
a) Marilao Municipal Hall Beside PNP Stn Marilao, Bulacan
b) Lipa City Hall Lipa City, Batangas
c) Rodriguez Mun Hall Rodriguez, Rizal
d) Calamba Mun Hall Calamba, Laguna
e) Robinson’s Tarlac Hacienda Luisita
f) Robinson’s Dasmarinas Dasmarinas, Cavite
g) Robinson’s Imus Imus, Cavite
h) Robinson’s Sta Rosa Sta Rosa, Laguna
i) CyberGate Cebu City
j) Tuburan Satellite Office Tuburan, Cebu
k) Tagbilaran Bohol Tagbilaran, Bohol
l) Bien Unido Bohol

NBI Regional and District Offices
1) Cordillera Administrative Region Baguio City
Region I
2) Ilocos Regional Office San Fernando, La Union
3) Dagupan District Office Dagupan City
4) Laoag District Office Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
5) Vigan District Office Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Region II
6) Cagayan Valley Reg Office Tuguegarao, Cagayan
7) Bayombong District Office Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
8) Isabela District Office Ilagan, Isabela

Region III
9) Central Luzon Reg Office San Fernando, Pampanga
10) Bulacan District Office Malolos City, Bulacan
11) Cabanatuan District Office Cabanatuan City, N Ecija
12) Olongapo District Office Olongapo City, Zambales
13) Tarlac District Office Tarlac City, Tarlac
Region IV-A
14) CaLaBaRZon Batangas City, Batangas
15) Cavite District Office Tagaytay City, Cavite
16) Lucena District Office Lucena City, Quezon
17) Laguna District Office Sta Rosa, Laguna
Region IV-B
18) MiMaRoPa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
19) Puerto Princesa District Off Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Region V
20) Bicol Regional Office Naga City, Camarines Sur
21) Legaspi District Office Legaspi City, Albay
Region VI
22) Western Visayas Reg Office Iloilo City, Iloilo
23) Bacolod District Office Bacolod City, Negros Occ
Region VII
24) Central Visayas Reg. Office Cebu City, Cebu
25) Dumaguete District Office Dumaguete City, Negros Or
Region VIII
26) Eastern Visayas Reg Office Tacloban City, Leyte
27) Samar District Office Catbalogan City, SamarRegion IX
28) Western Mindanao Reg Off Zamboanga City
29) Dipolog District Office Dipolog City
30) Pagadian District Office Pagadian City
Region X
31) Northeastern Mindanao Cagayan de Oro City
Regional Office
32) Iligan District Office Iligan City
Region XI
33) Southeastern Mindanao Davao City
Regional Office
34) Tagum District Office Tagum City
Region XII
35) Central Mindanao Koronadal City
Regional Office
36) Saranggani District Office General Santos City
Region XIII
37) CARAGA Butuan City
Region XIV
38) ARMM Cotabato City

How do persons living abroad apply for NBI Clearance?
– Secure NBI clearance application form from the PhilippineEmbassy/Consulate in the country where applicant resides, else, ask a relative in the Philippines to send application form, which can be secured from the Office of the Identification and Records Division (IRD), 4th Floor, NBI Clearance Building, UN Ave., Manila.
– Accomplish the form and ask for assistance in taking your fingerprint impressions (rolled) and have it signed by the one who assisted in the fingerprinting. Attach one (1) 2×2 picture
in white background, photocopy of passport, photocopy of Identification Card/s and Authorization letter if a relative in the Philippines will submit the application in your behalf.
This relative will also be in-charge of sending you your NBI clearance certificate.

If you are sending the application to the Philippines thru mail or forwarders, address same to

Ms. Julie Macalit

Mailed Clearance Section, 2nd Floor NBI Clearance Building, U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila.

If you will send a check, it should be payable to the NBI Director in Philippine currency in the amount of two hundred pesos (P200.00) with drawee bank in the Philippines. If you will send cash, dollars are acceptable, the amount of which, is equivalent to two hundred pesos (P200.00). Your NBI clearance certificate will be mailed to you thru air mail.

NBI Clearance Online Application

There is also an NBI Clearance online application which the detailed process can be found here.

How about foreign nationals who need NBI clearance?
– Fill-out the NBI application form for foreigners (red Fingerprint Chart). You will also be required to fill-out the application form for the Biometric Clearance System. Indicate
on the application form your name that is reflected on your passport. Attach photocopy of your passport and Alien certificate of registration (ACR).
– Go through the steps of clearance processing, after which, submit application to the Alien Counter, where you will be fingerprinted for rolled impression.
– You will be advised when to claim for your NBI Clearance Certificate.

For more information and clarification:

– You can reach NBI at Telephone number 5261294 or at Trunkline 5238231 Local 5523, 5499 and 5502;
– Email NBI at nbiclearance@nbi.gov.ph;
– You can text your questions regarding online application andGCash Payment at 0917-5638052.

Source: NBI website (http://www.nbi.gov.ph/nbcs/FAQ.pdf)