Philippine e-passport validity extended to 10 years

by Laliebeth P Petancio

Abu Dhabi – Starting January 3, 2018, Philippines’ new e-passports will have a validity of 10 years in effect to the Republic Act 10928 signed & approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 2, 2017.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has finally issued Department Order No. 010-2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), otherwise known as “An Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports,” .

This means that Philippine Regular Passports issued to Filipinos who are 18 years old and above at the time of application shall be valid for 10 years while Regular Passports issued to Filipinos who are below 18 years old at the time of application shall be valid for 5 years.

As quoted by Khaleej Times ,

”Philippine passports applied and processed beginning from January 3 will get 10-year validity, provided the holder is not a minor, according to a statement released by the Office of Public Diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila on Wednesday”.

The cost of renewing and getting a new e-passport is the same (Dh240) according to Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes, as quoted.

 

Cortes said Filipinos in the UAE who applied for their passports on January 3 will get their passports early next month. The waiting period for passports coming from Manila after completion of application is six to eight weeks.

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It’s Paskuhan in Abu Dhabi, there’s a lot more than celebrating

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – This Friday, December 1, the Filipino community in Abu Dhabi comprising of over 60 organizations and different entities will flock at the annual huge event ‘’Paskuhan 2017’’ hosted by the Bayanihan Coucil in coordination with the Philippine Embassy at the Al Jazeera Sports & Cultural Club in capital.

The event will showcase Filipino talents in dancing, acting and singing and other entertainment activities to tune in through games, raffle draw of prizes, talent competitions and lantern- making contest.

Making bigger and merrier this year, this Christmas gathering shall be participated and supported by representatives from different Filipino Schools, Church Organizations, Fashion Designers, and Filipino Entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, in the morning, a Bazaar will be opened to give the whole family a treat, alongside a Fun Corner for the kids featuring Face-Painting, Balloon Twisting, sweet treats and Christmas Characters. There will be a Food and Novelty Corner to satisfy visitor’s taste buds craving and shopping must-haves.

The Bazaar is a form of Public Service with the presence and ever-ready Free Medical Mission and Consular services in one for queries related to SSS, OWWA and PAG-IBIG Fund concerns.

Towards the conclusion of the day’s affair will be a live entertainment from local Filipino bands and invited guests to turn the mood to a much rolling celebration full of great music, OPM favorites and dancing.

Registration is free.

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World Safety Organization UAE chapter founded, leaders to take oath

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – In an effort to bring the significant functions of the World Safety Organization or WSO from US to the UAE, Filipino safety professionals in the UAE are in full force to form a chapter of this international organization , which installation of the founding leaders will be held Friday, 24th November at Royal Rose Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Few of the basic objectives of the group is to provide a network program linking various areas of professional expertise needed in today’s international community, in particular safety and help members acquire an international certification in this field.

Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr will be the guest speaker of the event among other VIP guests.

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VAT Mastery Workshop in Abu Dhabi this Saturday, 25-11-17

by Laliebeth Petancio

Have you already attended VAT Basic Workshop?

This is recommended for you, the VAT Mastery Workshop alleviates you to a higher level of knowledge, techniques, computation and a wider perspective of its context as applicable in the GCC Vat regulations including tax procedures and decree-laws.

Further, concept of supplies & services, VAT registrations and dealing with VAT invoices and purchases are presented  in a wider scope including how to compute VAT, Inter-company transfers, VAT as applied in Freezones among other technical topics.

These bullets of concepts are in the program list for VAT Mastery Workshop  launched by BPO ME Consulting LLC  for Abu Dhabi on November  25, 2017, Saturday.

The same workshop is launched in Dubai on November 24, 2017 Friday.

Who should attend?

Owners; CFO; Finance Managers; Accountants and those with the same functions; External and internal Auditors; Sales and purchasing Departments and those who wanted to learn the VAT

NOTE: BRING YOUR LAPTOP FOR WORKSHOP SIMULATION AND CASE STUDIES
REGISTRATION FEE: AED 500
(Inclusive of DRAFT Executive Regulation, Lunch, Snacks, Materials and Resources saved in USB, plus Certificate of Attendance)
VENUE: We will send the venue details for those who will confirm.
Kindly send an email to info@bpomeconsulting.com or this blogger lpetancio@gmail.com to reserve a seat and confirm your attendance.
Send us your FULL NAME and Tel number and we will contact you.
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Divisoria Baqala opens today

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – With the vision to supply a 100% Philippine exported products, Divisoria Baqala strived hard to build a network of suppliers in the Philippines to trade & transport goods to the UAE that every Filipino loves to have in their households.

Realizing that this dream is coming to a reality, Divisoria Baqala is opening (soft) today, 20th November as  kick-off of business.

Although, its shelves are partially filled with available goods while some products are yet to be transported, this Filipino-inspired store has opened its doors not only to serve and give Filipinos the taste of home away from home but to be unique in terms of customer care.featured 2

”We assure a 100% Filipino staff who are aware and trained about the kind of hospitality and care that Pinoys are accustomed to and known for”, expressed store manager, Francis.

He said that suppliers in the Philippines will only pack or manufacture the products upon order request so that it arrives UAE too far from its expiration date and if possible fresh.

Its  management has calendared their trip to the Philippines next month to expand the trade and boost the capability of  Divisoria Baqala in supplying Philippine products to UAE residents.

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Read this inspiring story of its owner :

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For directions, click here :  GO to to Divisoria Baqala

 

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Battle of the Best Season 3 – The Grand Finals

by Laliebeth Petancio

This Friday, November 17 Abu Dhabi will roar with singing sensations as the Grand Finals of the Battle of the Best Season 3 will stage fifteen contenders who will belt out their incredible vocals and star-stunning presence at the Madinat Shopping Center food court from 1 pm till 6pm.

This is the grandest and the biggest and even hottest singing competition in Abu Dhabi organized by OPMMAD & Silakbo Events.

Watch, support and find out who’s going to be the grand champion of this legendary & historical Battle of the Best Season 3.

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Watch this video https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbattleofthebestseason3%2Fvideos%2F1874609095894268%2F&show_text=0&width=560” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Video – Battle of the Best Grand Finalists

 

 

 

Gift-giving overloads at Family Fun Day this Friday

Win House & Lot and a lot more

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – An advance gift-giving event to celebrate Christmas through a Family Fun Day brought by the Filinvest International is happening this Friday, November 17 at 3pm, Emirates Heritage Club Abu Dhabi.

Everything is free, no entrance fee and food is a variety of choice.

All you need is to spare your time, have fun and embrace the blessings with friends and family.

What’s exciting here is you can win House & Lot!  Yes, this is unbelievable and no one knows your luck!

What’s more? Receive early gifts such as  32″ flat screen TV, Laptops, Home Theater package and a lot more.

So bring your friends, flatmates, officemates or your loved ones and let’s celebrate the season of giving. Don’t miss this rare moment you can spare with.

Send an email to lpetancio@gmail.com with your Full name & contact details to confirm attendance or WhatsApp 056 616 5568.

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Widen your knowledge & skills about tax, join VAT Mastery Workshop in Dubai

by Laliebeth Petancio

Dubai – Learning the basics about the Value Added Tax (VAT) is not sufficient especially for professionals and individuals who are working in accounts/finance or company owners but are recommended to go for in-depth and wider perspective of its context to be well-versed at finance processes and reporting.

Mastery of VAT includes all related concepts in the context of GCC VAT Agreement, tax procedure and decree-laws of VAT in UAE.

Further, concept of supplies & services, VAT registrations and dealing with VAT invoices and purchases are presented  in a wider scope including how to compute VAT, Intercompany transfers, VAT as applied in Freezones among other technical topics.

These bullets of concepts are in the program list for VAT Mastery Workshop  launched by BPO ME Consulting LLC in Dubai on November 18, 2017, Saturday.

Who should attend?
Owners; CFO; Finance Managers; Accountants and those with the same functions; External and internal Auditors; Sales and purchasing Departments and those who wanted to learn the VAT
NOTE: BRING YOUR LAPTOP FOR WORKSHOP SIMULATION AND CASE STUDIES
REGISTRATION FEE: AED 500
(Inclusive of DRAFT Executive Regulation, Lunch, Snacks, Materials and Resources saved in USB, plus Certificate of Attendance)
VENUE: We will send the venue details for those who will confirm.
Kindly send an email to randy.lorenzo@bpomeconsulting.com or this blogger lpetancio@gmail.com to reserve a seat and confirm your attendance.
Send us your FULL NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS.

 

 

 

PICE UAE gathering tackles Civil Engineering Specialization technical topics

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The General Assembly of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers -PICE UAE Chapter happening this coming Friday, November 17 at Hilton Hotel Abu Dhabi will showcase six technical presentations related to the civil engineering specializations.

To be presented by certified ASEAN engineers expert in the fields of  transportation engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, energy & environmental engineering and project management & project management & construction engineering.

” The objectives for conducting this General Assembly are to provide continuing professional development (CPD) learning to the members of PICE and to encourage professionals to become certified specialist in their chosen field of Civil Engineering specialization”, said PICE President Engr. Browenn de Leon.

The assembly is also intended to create a wider network of Filipino civil engineers in the UAE and to hold the election of the 2018 Board of Directors.

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Why this local Emarati guy is sincere about the Filipinos? Find out how he repays kindness.

by Laliebeth Petancio

I was hesitant to accept a hand offered by an Arab guy as a welcoming for me to a special meeting, knowing that for Muslims this gesture is not pleasant for a woman to shake hand with a Muslim man. But I was certain about responding to his greetings with Wa Alaikum Assalam [Peace be upon you] before we settled for an interview in a cozy restaurant.

Sitting next to him in dainty white kandoora & delicate ghathra draws me to a strange feeling yet with a curious instinct asking what inspiration this man has to bring for the Filipinos. I got no ideas!

‘’My name is Salem. I was born to an Emirati parents living in Abu Dhabi for many years now’’, he begun with bits of his family background.

 And before I could ask my next question, he continued straightforwardly.

“We had a Filipina nanny who worked and lived with us for 30 years. She was never another person to us, but I look on her like my own aunt as she treated my mum like her own sister. My entire childhood was nurtured with an essence of Filipino attitude, care and compassion. She has influenced my upbringing as a person.’’, the 39-year old Salem claimed gratefully.

I choked with amazement for a second and attempted to ask several Why’s. But this man was sincere about relating a life scenario when his mum was ill.

“I think, I cannot find a person who can take care someone not their blood like the Filipina nanny who is willing to sacrifice for other family. The way they care for others is different, very genuine’’, he exclaimed saying that he was only a little boy to see and appreciate these good cultures of Filipinos.

As he grows to become a man, met many men from all walks of life, from different countries, he acclaims with a  quote.

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 ‘’ In my encounter in life with Filipinos, I say, they are the kindest and friendly people in the world. They seem to be always happy, they keep smiling even when they have reasons to worry about and they care a lot like you are their brother or sister. They are the kind of persons you can surely trust. I love the Filipinos for being amazing’’, grateful Saleem.

I came to learn that his family helped their nanny build a good house back in the Philippines, provided financial support for a business and helped other family members land a job.

Salem, who has his own family now, also got a Filipina nanny who takes care of them. As a head in the  family, Salem ensures that this person finds home with them, secured and well-provided. And like his childhood nanny, she is treated like a sister-in-law, a sister, an aunt, as a respectable woman.

Giving Back to Filipinos

His story did not stop there.

Being grateful to the kindness of the Filipinos around him, Salem found an initiative to give back to them, not just for the few but as many Filipinos as he can.

He navigates the Philippines, builds network of local suppliers of quality Filipino products, forms trade with them to bring products to the UAE and sets up a business dedicated for Filipinos.

His heart leaps with joy realizing that in this way he is able to help the Filipinos in their country and satisfying those residing in the UAE by promoting Philippine products at  a price lower than elsewhere in this Emirate.

He is opening a Divisoria Baqala in Abu Dhabi with 100% Pinoy products, which name tells what it’s for.