How to file for a lost Philippine passport in 10 steps

Earlier this year I had to file for a lost passport. The loss was stressful enough by itself, but was made worse because I couldn’t find much information about it. I was lost on how to file for loss!

So I called up their main office and got a list of initial requirements: Affidavit of loss and Police report.

The specifics, and the rest, I figured out along the way.

I’ve written down my experience here, step by step, in the hopes that it would make things a bit easier for anyone who experiences this loss.

1. File an affidavit of loss.

  • In your affidavit, write a detailed explanation of when, where, and how the passport got lost. Here’s a sample template I found online. If you can, best to have a lawyer write it for you.
  • Make 3 copies of the original.
  • Have all four (original + 3 copies) notarized. Technically you’ll only need 3, but you might accidentally mix them up so I say play it safe and notarize everything.

2. File for a police report.

  • Go to the police station nearest where you lost your passport and file a police report.
    TIP: Only investigators can write the report, and not all police stations have an investigation unit. If your first police station doesn’t have one, ask them to redirect you to the right station (usually the bigger ones).
  • To save you the trouble of explaining yourself to the investigator, hand them a copy of your affidavit of loss. They can then base their police report off the affidavit, ensuring all the facts are consistent across both documents. They’ll need to keep the copy though, which is why I said you’ll “technically” only need to notarize three.
  • Thank your police officers! I read in another blog post that they had to pay a P50 fee, but our officers told us this kind of service doesn’t need payment.
  • Make a copy. Or two. The extra copies weren’t needed from my experience, but you know, just in case.

3. Go to the DFA main office

  • In Aseana Business Park in Parañaque. Not along Roxas Boulevard.
  • And no, they don’t process lost passports in satellite offices (I asked).
  • Ensure you have the documents from #s 1 and 2. Optionally, bring a copy of the first page of your lost passport if you have one (I did) and your birth certificate (I didn’t).
  • You do NOT need an appointment. Just go right up to the entrance, tell the guard you’re filing for a lost passport. He’ll ask you if you have the above documents, then direct you to the information counter.
  • At the information counter, they’ll request for documents #1 and #2 again. They’ll arrange your documents, and hand you a passport application form tagged for lost passport. You then proceed to a different room for processing.
  • You don’t have to fill up the form now, but I did so anyway.

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When a walk reminded me that oh, by the way, you’re a girl

Tonight I had a mad craving for milk tea.

So I went down from my apartment, took my first step on the pavement… and I shuddered.

It was pretty chilly.

I looked around, and realized it was much later than I thought. Maybe past 9 or 10 PM? I had been reading a book, and must not have noticed the time pass by.

Whoosh went a gust of wind, as if to interrupt my thoughts.

I smiled. In retrospect I hope I did not look creepy smiling by myself like that.

I smiled because it was exactly my kind of weather. Slightly chilly, but not enough to need a coat, with a gust of wind every now and then.

It was the perfect weather for a walk.

So I took another step… and I shuddered again. This time it wasn’t the weather.

A girl walking by herself at night, are you crazy?

Shuddered. Again.

Had I missed out on so many great walks like this, just because I’m a girl?

I looked around carefully:

Yes it was “dark”, but when does it really get dark in the city? The street was lit well-enough, and there were more than enough stores open.

Yes there were less cars, but wasn’t that part of the charm of a walk?

Yes there were less people, but finally it would be the chance to hear myself think.

I walked ahead, determined to enjoy my walk. Every now and then I would fall into habit.

Cross the street because the other side is better lit.

Check the pavement ahead of me for shadows.

Check the windows around me for movement.

Ugh. How can I enjoy my walk when I’m fighting paranoia at every step?

I had been so focused on trying to enjoy my walk, that I nearly missed the milk tea shop. Which was closed. And apparently had been for some time, given it was all boarded up with a notice at the door.

So I walked to the next nearest brightly-lit public space: a convenience store. And grabbed whatever bottled tea they were selling. It may not have been authentic tea. I didn’t care anymore.

I didn’t want to pretend to enjoy my walk anymore.

I walked back faster than when I came.

I was mad, furious, but most of all sad. The thought of past walks missed, the thought of  future ones I may never have… all because I’m a girl.

What’s the code under the hood? Find out with Gomix

There’s a new kid tool in the block: Gomix.

The premise is simple:

  1. Find a piece of code you’d like to tweak (or maybe just curious about).
  2. Tweak it.
  3. Save it so others can tweak it too.

That’s it. Easy.

It’s perfect for all those times you’ve come across a program and wondered, “How did they do that?”

Gomix lets you not only view the code underneath, but play around with it to create something new.

Its like a less structured version of Github, which has its own pros and cons… I think its more fun?

Gomix is by the creators of Trello, so we’re guaranteed similar levels of collaboration and intuitiveness.

More information available here.

 

P.S. I’ve had this post in my drafts for a while now and apparently forgot about it. Oops. Gomix is no longer as “new” as it was on the first draft.

Thinking out loud: College Education

Writing that last post about reconsidering a post-graduate degree made me uncomfortable. I’ve always been a good student. I went to highly competitive science/technology/engineering schools. Many of my friends are in the midst of getting their master’s and doctorate degrees.

So I always get asked, “When do you plan to get your Master’s?” As if it’s already expected.

I struggle to explain that I have no interest in returning to the academe, except maybe to teach.

My need for constant stimulation coupled with poor memory (which is why I write everything down) made for poor exam scores. In a lot of ways, engineering was a good match for me: we had more problem solving-type exams rather than memorization or comprehension. I managed to get by because I had good study habits. But, I didn’t really learn much.

I hated lectures. I hated sitting in class. I hated having to wait for classmates to catch up when I already knew something. And I hated having to slow everyone else down when I didn’t understand something. I would take down notes, but the real studying always happened after I was home. I would read through books and do the chapter exercises. Again and again. If anything, my true lecturers were the textbook authors.

Being in the corporate world has also jaded my view on education. I have been impressed by the academic backgrounds of people I met through work, only to be unimpressed by their actual skills (on that note read: CS degree holders who are not able to code).

They would ask for training, reference materials, a go-to person… and I wanted to tell them,

You’ve got a brain, right? Put it to use.
Try to figure it out yourself first.
THEN ask.

It made me think how much the local tertiary education is spoon-feeding. With the lessons laid out for consumption. With the students conditioned to swallow whatever the teacher gave them as fact. As if the school owed it to the students to pass because of their exuberant school fees.

And because they did so well in school, these students have an expectation that the corporate world will praise them as well. That they’re already competent.

And dangit, the local workforce culture actually supports this thinking!

I was confounded when, during a recent big data conference, most of the speakers’ answer to the lack of analytics talent was the need to re-calibrate tertiary education. I mean yes, we have to do that anyway, but REALLY? That’s all you’ve got?

Have I been alone in dealing with this overeducated but underskilled workforce???

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Hello, World!

Hello, World!

My name is Danna, and I’m a dork.

If you run that via Google you’ll prolly come across my tumblr. That’s me too.

So why another blog? I’m not quite sure myself.

Maybe because I know I used to love blogging, but stopped for a long time?

Maybe I’m hoping to rekindle that love?

Maybe tumblr is the long-term boyfriend that was just “good enough”, but isn’t THE ONE?

Maybe I should stop making relationship analogies.

 

I do know I have ideas, so maybe the Internet can help flesh them out.

I do know I want to write, so maybe I can practice with blogging.

I do know how useful blogs are for learning, so maybe someone can learn from what I write too.

 

I just know these few things, and maybe WordPress is the right place to put them.

And maybe, just maybe, I might fall in love with blogging again.