Requirements for the Registration of Birth of a Filipino Born Overseas

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Being a Filipino parent, I deemed it important for my child to be registered as a Filipino. I am aware that some other parents do not see it as a necessity. They may have valid reasons for NOT doing so and I can not judge them for it nor speak on their behalf.

I was told some of their reasons and one that stood out was that they do not particularly like the hassle that goes along with it. Paperwork is indeed a hassle not to mention that it also requires long travel to get to where the Philippine Consulate is in Sydney. It also requires a fee- AU$45 is not cheap!

My husband and I are on the same page. He strongly supported me when I told him I want our child to be registered as a Filipino. My son is Australian citizen by birth. I have to applaud my husband for painstakingly preparing all the requirements that I need prior to lodgement of documents.

This post will present the requirements that parents need to prepare for the child’s registration to the Philippine Consulate.

These are the following:

  • Two (2) original duly accomplished Report of Birth forms (available at the Consulate or online HERE)
  • Original and four photocopies of the following:
    a. The child’s Birth Certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages;
    b. Philippine passport/s of Filipino parent/s
    c. Parents’ NSO-issued Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage of the parents (if married abroad)
    d. A non-refundable AU$45 fee to be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General”.

The process flow is further shown below:

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Be warned that the Philippine Consulate in Sydney strictly implements the last requirement: they only accept CASH or postal money order. I noticed that most of the people who had transactions at the Philippine Consulate never had cash with them; they had to withdraw money from a convenient store nearby. It’s better to keep your cash handy to save time.

It must also be noted that lodgement of documents is only done from 9am till 1pm, Mondays to Fridays, except Philippine public holidays.

Source:
Philippine Consulate in Sydney

Philippines – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Once again here are additional reflections on issues that I observed during my recent 49 days Visa in the Philippines. Obviously it may not be the case throughout the Country but it gave me additional insights.

The Good

Generally, the neighbors are willing to come forward to render assistance for whatever seems a bother. Like on the day I returned with two plywood sheets 8 feet by 4 feet on the cabin top of the tricycle, young able guys came out from seemingly nowhere and carried them for me to the house.

We had servings of food from whoever was celebrating a birthday. It is a nice gesture and though I found the food inedible, it is the thought that matters.

The Bad

I found that Filipinos renege on their word. It makes me wonder whether they agree on something just to appear agreeable and polite to foreigners but in their hearts they feel otherwise.

Often I hear it said, “I am shy”. In my mind and depending on the situation I find that contradictory. How can one say, “I am shy” when making a request that I refuse but offer another solution when in the first instance the guy was not shy at all by begging for money???

The Media serves trash in most of their programs.

TV shows cannot be without a Gay actor/presenter in it. Radio deejays talks cock and some of their conversations are not for the ears of minors. Filipino songs are drab as they lack composition creativity. Singers scream and not sing. Music accompaniment is loud and harsh and drowns the singer’s vocals.

The Ugly

Corruption reeks in every aspect of life there. Even though the rate of inflation is reported as 3.9 percent in March this year, in reality corruption makes inflation very much larger.

Consumer prices are not controlled for essential goods.

Respected Malls and Supermarkets sell local products at imported branded product price. Forget imported products.

My pitch

Despite the propaganda from President Benigno Aquino that the Philippine Economy has mended and is continually improving (due to his oh so astute leadership), the basic truth is that the Philippine Peso is stagnant at near 45 Peso to 1 USD. The purchasing power of the Peso has not improved.

The lack of transparency, poverty, abuse, insolvent corruption and inordinate displacement of incalculable amount of public funds continue to drive the Philippines towards becoming a failed State.

Why Are Filipinos Braggarts?

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I was on the phone talking to my eldest son about my Filipino friends, most of them who are Bloggers although I have also befriended some during my visits to the Philippines over the past three years.

He gave me a sarcastic chuckle over the phone and that prompted me to ask him what gives.

“Oh! Dad”, he said, “you know I had a group of Filipino students during my studies at Sunway, and I found them very clannish and they never stopped boasting about their abilities. They got almost everyone sneering at them at the Campus.”

Of course, we know that braggarts are not the dominion of only the Filipinos. I have also met braggarts who are NOT Filipinos. But why is it that Filipinos are ahead above the rest in Braggartsphere?

When I worked in Manila, I soon found out that my Employer must have made a mistake in having me work there. It did not take me long to find out that my subordinates claimed that they knew even more how to do my job!

Belief in one’s ability is a good personal trait. We all need that. However, make belief in one’s ability is another thing. I say so because when it mattered, my subordinates failed to deliver the desired results. Worse still, there were times when the subordinate would not turn up for work on that important day, claiming medical leave of absence for LBM (loose bowel movement)!

Is the need to brag a result of an inferiority complex? Or is it an unquenchable need to impress others? Or just an infantile habit seeking attention.

Philippine President-elect, Senator Benigno ''Noynoy'' Aquino

May 10th, the Philippine populace went to the ballot to vote for the next President.

Although the final counts are not yet announced, it is now beyond speculative assessment that Benigno Aquino III will be President-elect for the Republic of the Philippines.

His closest two rivals in this elections, namely, Manny Villar and Gilberto Teodoro have conceded defeat.

If there is something to look forward for a better Filipino tomorrow, it would have to be with the four NO’s that are contained in his name.

BenignoNoynoy” Aquino

NO to corruption
NO to cronyism
NO to political upheavals
NO to waste of public funds

Uh-Oh! did I hear someone say, NO Improvements.
God forbid!!!

May God Enlighten our new President and Bless the Philippines.

As I see It, Do You?

What is the present political landscape of the Philippines? For now let’s side-step history and look forward.

Does it augur well for the betterment of the citizens of the Philippines?

I would like to believe that the new change of leadership will achieve that but there are several serious reasons that lead me believe otherwise.

From the Presidential candidates there isn’t any that has produced a clear Manifesto of what he seeks to achieve during his mandate in Office. A Manifesto that would clearly map if his aims are credulous and achievable. Also, the Manifesto would serve as a gauge for the efficacy of his leadership.

As with all our past and present Presidents, they are full of it, self-praise about their achievements. If their achievements were true why are Filipinos none for the better today and why is the purchasing power of the Philippine Currency lagging behind South East Asian countries? It must be noted that the Philippines does not face any economic challenge or impact that is unique when compared to her neighbors.

The Presidential candidates have produced no Manifesto. As an ordinary Filipino I know what the candidate wants but do I know what I will receive? If you have been keeping abreast of what the Presidential candidates have been doing, there is nothing short of bickering, backstabbing and lip service that follow in their trail. It is a national soap opera and it bears no resemblance of the seriousness that the highest Office in the land demands.

If there be truth in the axiom that unity in diversity can exist, each vying candidate would then have one perennial aim in mind. It is to bring a greater good for the citizens in every aspect. This in turn becomes the macroeconomics springboard that will benefit the country.

However, is that axiom true with the political aim of these vying candidates? I dare say that it is not true simply because my fellow countrymen have been going around in endless circles. Our politicians are deft in spinning wheels and blowing smoke in Filipino eyes. So, the standard and the quality of Filipino life have not improved except for the privileged.

One politician recently thundered that the Filipino middle class must increase by a quantum leap to ensure a stable and vibrant Philippine economy.

Clap! Clap!

Well said! May I ask how he perceives achieving that. Where is his blue print? See reader, it is all hot air again. Get the vote by handing out dreams to the voter.

Filipinos are too easily swayed by the political drama and the clout of the media. There is more than meets the eye when the ulterior motives of these politicians seek for votes. To the simple-minded voter whose emotions are manipulated, the well being of his own future is traitorously overwhelmed by promises. Promises that the simple-minded voter fails to see as hollow and unattainable, given the circumstances in the country.

While the dirty linen of each candidate’s personal life and morals are served as fodder to dupe the gullible, it helps the opposing candidate to pursue his goals with greater speed and success.

Why should rational citizens be deluded by this kind of diversions and miss what they owe first to themselves? The rational approach is to question their livelihood today and what they aspire it to be during the mandate of the new leader.

The Philippines is immensely endowed with natural resources and opportunities. Its people are highly literate and they are productive. When these two are combined, it can and it should develop the Philippines far better and far greater than what it is today.

Instead of developing our nation’s potentials, Filipinos are driven out of our country by the domestic hopelessness. We develop the economies of foreign lands beyond our shores to work as domestic maids and laborers. What about the brain drain caused by Filipino professional emigrants?

What is left behind in the country then is very obvious. In two months hence the citizens will vote the lesser of two evils to be the President of the Philippines.

ATTY. ELI

The PROS and CONdomS in the Philippines

As part of the political race to the Presidency, the latest gimmick is the distribution of free CONDOM-iniums to the populace. Errr… if that were to be true.

But, truth be told, those cheapskate politicians would rather keep the iniums and just hand out CONDOM for free.

So, it is, that the lowly CONDOM has gained so much importance to the Presidential run-up that it even became a Forum Topic recently to be discussed amongst the Presidential candidates. It’s H E R E.

Mind you readers, the Philippines must have a President or in this case Presidential candidates who first know and understand about CONDOMS before national security, the Economy and other matters of Sovereign concern.

It most certainly makes sense, doesn’t it? Life begins with a *!#^ and what becomes immediately of it thereafter depends on just how good was the *!#^.

So here, to underscore its importance, is what happened to our Indian brothers and sisters in another similar circumstance. Let me relate to you what happened there.

The family planning unit went to this village to address the rise in childbirths. They returned saying that the problem was that the villagers were too poor to buy contraceptives so the Indian Government decided to hand out condoms for free which they did.

After one year, the family planning unit took another assessment and to their horror they found that the free condoms did not help to reduce the number of childbirths. They sent out another contingent to check out why and when the contingent went from house to house at night to do their survey, they found out that the parents handed the condoms to their children to blow into balloons (which took a long time, knowing what condoms are) and they retired into their bedrooms happily humping away….(they had lots of time while the balloons were condomised till the children jaws ached) 😉

WITHOUT THE CONDOMS!

However, I have yet saved the best for last. Read on about someone I know as he related his puberty experience about how the birds and the bees and the village girls do it.

My mother was a nurse with the family planning unit here in my country. I was at that time, a teenager. Sometimes I would visit my Mom at her clinic where she worked.

I would find young girls ages 11 to 15 coming in pregnant and seeking medical advice. Others would come for birth control pills.

And I was stunned!

My mom told me its normal in villages for girls barely with pubic hair to be sexed. Without hesitation, I told my Mom that I want to live forever in a village – so would Tiger Woods too.

She gave me a cold stare 😀

I was made to understand that the Philippine Department of Tourism has begun printing Excursion Catalogs for tourists arriving in my country. Each Tour Catalog contains a FREE Condom. And you may choose the kind that suits your taste. They have fruit flavored condoms, colored condoms and for those who are slow in getting hot, you might be lucky if you get a battery operated VIBRATING CONDOM.

MABUHAY TO CONDOM COUNTRY!

K A R E N


My Opinion Counts :

Human Nature:Inherently Good or Evil?

In my previous post The Ideal Bureaucracy: Is It Attainable in the Philippines? , one intelligent comment from Brain Stormer caught my attention. It added meaning, depth and substance to the post emphasizing that human nature is inherently bad.

If I may just quote in toto:

The Ideal Bureaucracy: Is It Attainable in the Philippines?

Consider these three premises against that mooted possibility.

Premise number One –
Ideal: A conception of something in its absolute perfection.

Obvious answer: Unattainable

Premise number Two –
Bureaucracy: a concept in sociology and political science referring to the way that the administrative execution and enforcement of legal rules is socially organized

Obvious answer: A bastardised concept offers bastardised results.

Premise number Three –
Man: We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system – with all these exalted powers – Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. (which in this instance of lowly origin Darwin meant, the Apes)
(by Charles Darwin – The Descent of Man)

and elsewhere,
“Vitiis nemo sine nascitur.”
(Horat)

Translation:
“Man is by nature bad.”

Man is bad can only mean that man is conscious of the moral law, and yet has adopted into his maxim deviation therefrom.
(by Immanuel Kant – Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason and Other Works on the Theory of Ethics)

Obvious answer: Within the context of your Post, BOOreaucracy in whatever form it represents in your country as well as for the rest of the World is inherently flawed.

I have to agree on the three strong premises pointed out by Brain Stormer, that is, basing our thoughts on the issues of philosophy and anthropology. This is in complete contrast to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s romantic contention that man is essentially good.

However, according to some wisdom literature and Biblical precepts, God created both men and women in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, man is inherently good, accorded with the free-will to make the RIGHT and WISE choices.

But since ALL men have sinned (Romans 3:10) despite the perfect environment that God provided (Gen 2:8, 16, 17), we all have fallen short of God’s glory. Man “claim” to be good yet man do evil things. Man blatantly disobeyed God’s commandments.

Man have been blessed with amazing faculties that allow him to behave well or badly. Yet, man chose to corrupt himself and God’s image by adopting the bad habits. Bad alliances also contributed to bad influences making man’s natural goodness threatened not to shine forth.

It is an apparent fact that man have that “conscience” in him, he is capable of feeling guilty thereby making him neither good nor bad. It is mere human judgment that stereotyped man as “good” or “evil”.

Yes, it’s true that God endowed man with the unique ability to discern good and bad, which obviously separates man from the animals, but we can’t simply teach morality and expect everyone to follow the rules.

Man don’t usually do what they think is right. They do what they LOVE to do and what makes them feel good.

In Filipino:
Masarap ang bawal!

Within the context of bureaucracy, most public servants are educated. Yet, education didn’t make them all good. It actually made them SMARTER SINNERS!

The main thing that we need to acknowledge is the idea that most people embedded in their hearts and minds: They are inherently good which actually kept them from recognizing God in their lives.

To wrap up, we have to recognize that we all have sinned before God. Only by becoming humble before God can we defeat the “evil” person in us.

R E C E L

The Ideal Bureaucracy: Is It Attainable in the Philippines?

Warning: Quite a long post ahead. I hope you could all bear with me.

WHAT IS BUREAUCRACY?

The existence of a bureaucracy is an essential component of every government regardless of the ideological line, and is one of the most crucial factors for the survival of the state. It is noteworthy that bureaucracy is not only applicable in the government service but could also be adopted by every private organization.

A few salient characteristics of an ideal bureaucracy as envisioned by Max Weber, the founder of Modern Sociology, are the “rationalization of collective activities” and the “attainment of the highest degree of efficiency.”

There is a domination of professionals by the bureaucrats and the dependence of the professionals on the bureaucracy. It only means that bureaucracy is highly professionalized from selection to the appointment process in the pursuit of merit. competence and performance.

A high performing bureaucracy means people who are able to adapt to the changing scenario against which government operates. This means new work competencies, retooling of skills, and mainstreaming the development of knowledge- based manpower capacities that would re-energize and enable a bureaucracy to cope with new requirements and expectations at the workplace.

MY POINTS  OF DISAGREEMENT

I work for the Philippine  government alright. I am an employee of the fourth most corrupt agency in the country.  I have seen the good, bad and even the worst. There’s a helluva lot of difference being a civil servant. I can tell the big difference because I have worked  for a private organization nine years ago for six long years.

Bureaucracy is a powerful tool, a necessity to deliver public goods. But I have made a rundown of bureaucracy at its worst, to wit:

  1. The people in the bureaucracy are perceived in varying degrees of inadequacy and imperfections and not at all ideal. The government has failed to produce significant impact in terms of enhancing efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness of the bureaucracy. This may be largely explained by the lack of political will to achieve the true intent of reforms as embodied in development plans, laws and administrative issuances.
  2. In the Philippines, the government is unable to attract the “best and the brightest” because being a civil servant is seen as less attractive as a career. It is perceived that government employees are less productive and less efficient.
  3. Placement or promotion in government bears no sense of merit. Rather, it is based on “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude) to recommending officials.
  4. Job promotion is largely based on whom you know” and not “what you know“. This is clearly manifested after election where an elected official would place in position those that have helped him win the race. Thus, giving in to the perceptions of  “palakasan” patronage or political concession on the part of the appointing authority.
  5. Civil servants work based on mere compliance rather than strong commitment. Government employees tend to be impersonal. The vision of the organization is not being internalized. The sense of “ownership” of the organization is not being developed, hence indifference ensues.
  6. The opportunities for corruption are present. There is a common notion that one can make easy and big money in the government. This is an apparent fact for these honorable crooks who have entered into contracts for bringing services to its constituents. The bidding processes have become an easy venue for these people to maneuver things in their favor for the realization of their vested interests.
  7. The security of tenure, (which also gives immunity from suits to some public officials), prevents the removal of incompetent people from the bureaucracy. These megalomaniacs in the government tightly cling on to power even if they have betrayed the public’s trust. They hide themselves behind the rules, regulations and procedures.
  8. There is perceived laxity in the implelentation of administrative rules and regulations resulting to inefficiency and red tape. The government’s inability to fully implement the rules and regulations have led to the apparent rise in the number of cases of graft and corruption.

CONCLUSION

The ideal bureaucracy envisioned by Max Weber is still in the process of development in the Philippines. Despite the prevailing negative perception of the Philippine bureaucracy, it is significant to note that the government never stopped on its efforts in re-engineering the government in a more serious, calculated, and strategic way. Many reforms were initiated such as the professionalization and streamlining of the bureaucracy, devolution, privatization, and the like.

The government is only the facilitator, enabler, catalyst and champion of the greater mass of people who have little or no access to the opportunities and benefits of development.

Civil servants should not aim for profit or gain. It’s main goal is to serve the common tao. However, this goal escaped the minds of the few who chose the path of personal aggrandizement, bowing to the call of greed and power. They trample on the laws and make a mockery of the government, casting a negative light on majority of the civil servants who are honest and law-abiding.

Change could not be attained overnight. It is a tedious process where everyone must take part. It is about time that everyone must come to terms with the fact that working in and for the bureaucracy entails a lot of sacrifice and dedication.

We all can do something for our country. Instead of complaining, finding faults and blaming others for whatever has gone wrong, we should look into ourselves and try to do the little things that when put together will make all the difference!

A N N E



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