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Home Remedies for Fever

November 23, 2016
A fever is a rise in internal body temperature to levels that are considered to be above normal. The normal or average body temperature is about 37ºC (in Celsius) or 98.6ºF (in Fahrenheit). And body temperatures that are above 100º.4F or 38ºC are generally considered to be febrile. It’s usually a symptom of an underlying condition, mostly often an infection. A part of the brain, the hypothalamus, controls the body temperature from the normal temperature and in response to an infection, illness or some other cause, the hypothalamus may reset the body to a higher temperature.

Fever is associated with physical uneasiness and causes depends on your age and physical condition. In children with fever are often caused by colds, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, vaccines, poor appetite, ear pain and lethargy. For adults, fever is dangerous if body temperature rises and if associated with heat injury such as heat stroke and stroke. But many believe that fever is a natural bodily defense against infection.

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Fever is easy to measure and it is your body’s way of fighting an infection, the fever will kill the bacteria and virus. A fever can greatly weaken the germs and severely limit their ability to reproduce. It also helps burn away toxins and stimulates the immune system. On the other hand high fevers can be dangerous for small children, when the body becomes too weak to handle the infection it will be extremely uncomfortable.

Read: Home Remedies for Acne

There are numerous treatments to reduce high fever without using a fever-reducing medications like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. Sometimes we just don’t have any of these medicines so better try a non-medical approach to lower the fever. It is important to do remedies before relaying to your doctor and if one with fever already looks very sick, if he’s drowsy or very fussy, or if he has a seizure. But we have to keep in mind that reducing the fever doesn’t help cure the illness and if temperature climbs high enough and if one feels really uncomfortable and becomes too weak to handle the infection , doing some remedies can help lowering the fever.

Here are some methods to cure a fever at home:

  • Place a cool, damp washcloth on the forehead while on rests and also under the arms. It can stimulate sweat that helps keep a body cool and improves blood circulation. 
  • Give a lukewarm bath or sponge bath. As the water evaporates from the skin it will bring the temperature down. Don’t use cold water. It can make the body shiver and may cause the body temperature to rise. Do not use a rubbing alcohol, it can make the skin feel cooler. It can cause a temperature spike and possibly alcohol poisoning. 
  • Offer plenty of fluids least eight ounces of water every two hours and chilled foods to help cool the body from the inside out and keep hydrated. Our body can quickly lose moisture and get dehydrated by sweating and sneezing caused by colds and flu that are often associated with fever. Dehydration can cause temperature to rise and often leads to headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps, low blood pressures and seizures. Sports drinks for adults are acceptable liquids for re-hydration but must be use carefully because these drinks do provide electrolytes. Try diluting one part of water to one part of sports drink. For young children, consider a commercial electrolyte rehydration solution like Pedialyte which have been specifically designed for children’s bodies. 
  • Use a fan at a low setting and have it circulate the air around. 
  • Remove layers of clothing that can trap heat and make fever last longer. Wear loose, comfortable clothes to help the body relax and improve air circulation Use a light blanket if she’s shivering. 
  • Get plenty of rest so the body can heal faster by strengthening the immune system. It takes energy to fight an infection, and that can wear out a child or an adult. Rests is healing. Stress plays a role in illness too. 
  • Stay indoors. It is better to rest indoors where the air is dry and the temperature won’t change too much 
  • Avoid smoking because it can suppress the body’s immune system. Smoking on the other hand requires the body to fight harder against viruses and bacteria. Children should not be exposed to secondhand smoke when they have fever. 
  • Reduce too much caffeine intake because it stimulates water excretion and excessive intake can lead to dehydration. 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, whether it is beer, wine or another drink. It weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to recover quickly. 
  • Take a fever-reducing medication if fever is very high. 
  • If fever doesn’t come down and the high body temperature lasts over seventy-two hours then you should see the doctor immediately.

Home Remedies for Acne

November 23, 2016

Our skin is important because it is the outermost layer of our body; it protects us from foreign not-so-good elements, unwanted bacteria that might cause illnesses and diseases, it balances out the heat that our bodies receive. Acne is a natural part of human development; in most cases, people get it from passing through puberty, some have it even after that because of genetics while some just have it of wrongdoing. In this article, we are going to relay some of the best and the most effective home remedies to treat acne.



First and foremost, let us first talk about what causes acne. Is it about not sleeping early? Is it about not cleaning your face all the time? The main actual causes of acne are:

  • Clogged pores
  • Bacteria
  • Excess Oil
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Hormones; and
  • Certain medications 

Of course, that are not just the only things that cause acne. Researchers are also on the hustle of determining whether sleep deprivation, stress, and other aspects of modern life are connected to adult acne. An estimated 70-90% of young adults suffer from acne. Below are the list of the most effective and the best home remedies for acne.

Honey Face Wash


Most of us see honey as just an ingredient you could add to certain recipes and certain dishes. But aside from that, honey is also an effective element that could wary your skin from imperfections. It may sound strange but honey + cinnamon is actually well (literally) a killer duo in fighting pimples and acne. Honey is an effective natural anti-biotic to help wipe the blemishes out. The things that you will need are:
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • Paper towels 

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and pat it out dry.

2. Mix your 2 tablespoons of honey with the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until they are thoroughly blended and mixed.

3. Apply the made mask to your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off completely after doing so.

Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider causes bacteria to die because it becomes alkaline and it balances the pH level of your skin – it makes harder for bacteria to live in your skin. What you will need for this are:

  • Pure apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
  • Fresh water

Procedure:

1. Wash your face with water and dry out with towel. With a part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and apply it to the blemish.

2. Leave it for at least 10 minutes; apply it multiple times throughout the day. Take note: do not overdo it because it might cause your skin to break because of the concentration of the vinegar.

Egg Whites


Egg whites, if most of you are not aware, are an effective way to fade scars and reduce acne that are left by blemishes. How does it help the skin? Well egg whites contain a bulk of protein source and vitamins which are obviously helpful for the skin because it combats acne and rebuild skin cells. The things you need for this are:

  • 2 to 3 egg whites (yolk separated)
  • Bowl
  • Washcloth

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and dry it out with the washcloth.

2. Wisk the egg whites until they are frothy; let it sit for a few minutes.

3. Cover your face with it. Usually 3 to 4 layers is enough for it to be fully efficient. A good tip is to let the first layer dry before applying another layer.

4. Allow your mask to sit for 20 minutes to half an hour before rinsing it off completely with lukewarm water and pat dry using the washcloth.

Milk, Honey, and Yogurt


We’ve all heard of the rumors that spread around about dairy products causing acne but applying it to your skin actually causes it to improve your unwanted outbreaks and your tone. Overall, the two substances evens out irritated skin causing the imperfections to smooth out. What you will need for this are:

  • 1 tablespoon of low-fat or full-fat yogurt milk (anything but skim)
  • 1 tablespoon of natural, raw honey

Procedure:

1. Allow your milk or yogurt to come (or at least close) to room temperature so your skin won’t be shocked when you apply it.

2. Have your 1 tablespoon of milk/yogurt mixed thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey.

3. Dip cotton pad and scoop up and apply it to your face. You can either have it sit on your face or just pat it up, whatever works fine.

4. Let it be on your face for a good 10-15 minutes and rinse it off using a washcloth gently to get rid of loosened dead skin.

5. Moisturize after going on with the whole process.

Papaya


If you’ve been living under a rock, papaya is a relevant and essential ingredient in beauty products and a lot are amazed of it as well. Plain-raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that eradicates dead skin cells and helps reborn new ones leaving your skin soft, smooth, and fresh. What you will need for this is:

  • Papaya

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and pat dry.

2. Mash up the face of the papaya until its texture and consistency can be properly applied to your skin. Leave it there for 15-20 minutes and then completely rinse it off with warm water.

3. ***If your skin dries after doing this process, then use a moisturizer to avoid skin dryness that can worsen your acne.

Acne is not really everyone’s friend, it can cause you not to feel good – it can cause you to develop low self-esteem. Aside from that, it is a clear indication that you are not taking good care of your skin so after reading this, I recommend that you try any of these processes so that you can get a different result. As you can see, all of these are homemade items that you can easily find in your houses so, there’s really nothing wrong with trying, right?

Double Bonus for Public Teachers

November 23, 2016
Teachers here in our country are considered to be one of the professions that do not make a ton of fortune. This year, teachers in public schools which are 720, 000 in total will receive two bonuses which are the 13th and 14th month pay by yearend.

Public school teachers who have the basic salary of P19, 077 are in the line of the following perks: a minimum of P5, 000 bonus which is based on performance (PBB); a yearend bonus worth P19, 077; P5, 000 in cash gift and another P5, 000 as productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) according to Teacher’s Dignity Coalition chair Benjo Basas. 

Double Salary Bonus for Public Teachers
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But teachers who stand to receive the maximum amount of P35, 000 in performance-based bonus can get the maximum amount of P64, 000. “This is an unprecedented amount,” Basas said, attributing the increase in part to the significant increase in teachers’ basic salaries.

“The PBB, year-end bonus and cash gift will all be released this month while the PEI will be given in December,” Basas mentioned.

Under the Salary Standardization Law-3, the performance based-bonus (PBB) incentive allows teachers and some other employees eligible for it stand to receive a bonus ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000 which solely depends on the performance of their school and its employees for a fiscal year.

According to Basas, only about 2% of DepEd’s teaching force could get the maximum amount of PBB. On November 3, DepEd Secretary Briones assured the TDC that the PBB will be released this month (November) and that the total YEB will be released before the end of this year.

Taking all of these bonuses and incentives, last year, an entry-level teacher got a total of P16, 774 in bonuses while about a small number of teachers received the maximum amount of P46, 744, Basas said.

Now, being a teacher is not all about making money; it’s not about getting a very lucrative pay every month. Teachers do not yearn to become millionaires or such because they can expect firsthand that their profession is not a money-making machine. What good to they get, you may ask. Well, the nobility that they earn from teaching other people what they know is the main price of their careers.

Imagine, if you are a teacher and you see your student becoming the president of our nation, wouldn’t that make you proud? Teachers should always be followed because they are duly put in that position for a reason. They undergo tests and exams just for them to push through to teach students like us.

This year, teachers should expect a more merry Christmas because of the bonuses they are ought to receive before the year ends.

The BPO Industry is booming in the Philippines

November 17, 2016
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is one of the most dynamic, robust, and fastest growing sectors in the Philippines right now and plays a major role in the country’s growth and development. It provides quality jobs and encourage economic activity and investment throughout the entire country. The BPO industry in the Philippines has ‘edged out India’ as the call center leader of the world.



The BPO industry started from a single contact center which is the Accenture Global Resource Center and was founded by Frank Holz in 1992. This marked the beginning of the local BPO industry in the country.

The Philippine Congress passed the Special Economic Zone Act in 1995, thus establishing the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which provides lower area requirements for developments and tax incentives. This Act consequently attracted foreign investors.

It was 1997 when Sykes Asia set up a shop and becomes the first multinational BPO in the Philippines. Then came Jim Franke and Derek Holley, founder of eTelecare, as the first call center in the country.

In 2001, US-Based outsourcing center called People Support had its operations moved to the Philippines, generating 8,400 jobs for the country. Followed by the Convergys Corporation in 2003 which opened up two more call centers here in the Philippines. It was the time when Jack Freker, the President of Convergys Corporation, announced the incorporation of the Philippines in the revenue generation plan and the global expansion of the company.

In 2005, accounting for 2.4% of the country’s GDP, the Philippine acquired over 3% of the global BPO market. A year after, with ePLDT Ventus leading in the BPO industry, domestic economy increased by 5.4%, thus 11,000 more people were employed. In 2010, the Philippines were then declared the world’s BPO capital. From this point, the BPO industry continued to grow and generate more revenue, with the industry providing the most job opportunities in the private sector.

The unemployment rate stayed between 8-11% in the Philippines since 1980s. The BPO industry has the most substantial contribution to economic growth.

Due to the lower costs of producing specific goods in another country, outsourcing has become a common business strategy for many multinational firms. There are two common practices of outsourcing and these are using the third party outsourcing or a captive market. This two is different based on the level of management, cost effectiveness, or the need for managerial control. Third party outsourcing using project based is primarily used for business activities with irregular frequencies or one-off projects. The usual costing method makes use of time and material costs and the fixed costs. The Dedicated Development Center is primarily used in business cases when there are hanging requirements. It could be used for some long-term goals for developing technology or software. This is preferred when resource requirements are lower in the outsourced country than the home country hence developing a comparative advantage. The customers are changed for fixed fees, which are all the wages of full-time employees.

In the Captive markets, the core or crucial business activities are needed to be run at cheaper costs. The rationale for employing such a setup is to cater to long term strategic plans involving high managerial control. The two major ways of setting up a captive market are the DIY or “start from scratch” model and the Build Operate Transfer model. This way, the business practices and operations are still running within and by the film which mitigates risks of disclosure of sensitive information. In the Philippines a good example of this set up is American Express, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo.

In the DIY, or “Start from Scratch” Model, the usual flow is for the company to develop all its resources in the new designated area or country of operations. This involves the purchasing of property and equipment. The acquisition of property and equipment is done by contacting a third party liaison in the country of operation. The companies that have high levels of market knowledge and analytics prefer this model.

In the Build Operate Transfer Model, the practice is to contact a third party vendor in order to develop a contract in which the vendor is the one who develops the property, sources the employees, and manages the BPO center for the first designated period or amount of time. After which the company who contracted the vendor comes in and takes over the operations. The common practice is to have managerial and training staff of the company join at some midpoint of the period of the vendor’s development to have specialized training in order for the employees to meet company standards. This model is preferred by companies that do not have any specialized expertise in the new country of operations hence needing a local partner or vendor to assist with market entry strategies.

The Philippines continues to be a promising prospect for the BPO industry. It was August 2014 when the Philippines hit an all-time high for employment in BPO industry, from 101,000 workers in 2004 to over 930,000 in just first quarter of 2014.

Growth in the BPO industry continues to show significant improvements here in the Philippines, and is projected to experience an overall positive growth rate in the next coming years. This year it has generated 1.3M new jobs with 17% annual growth. Industry experts predict the industry revenue to reach $55 billion by 2020.

Though the overall outlook in the BPO industry is positive, there remains the issue of forecasted threats cause by policy shifts undertaken by the country.

9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Start your 2017

November 17, 2016
2016 went by fast and is now closing to a stop. In a month and a few days, 2016 will end and 2017 will open new doors, opportunities, and memories. Most people are wondering how they can kick-start their new year and a lot of people are thinking of ideas on how they can. In this article, I am going to relay nine (9) new year’s resolution ideas that you can ponder upon to start your new year fresh, clean, and vibrant.

Learn a Martial Art


It’s not a requirement but it would be better if you indulge yourself in exercise and learn new things simultaneously, correct? Learning a martial art is a necessity; it can be your physical and mental practice of pushing yourself to your limits. Yes, you can always hit the gym and lift but learning a martial art is different. It’s like learning how to speak a new language.



Practice Meditation


Scientists and researchers have proven benefits that meditation can do to our overall lives and bodies. To name a few, meditation:
  • It lessens stress 
  • It reduces your anxiety 
  • It helps you improve your mood 
  • Meditation is one great way of getting back your appetite 
  • It increases your brain’s grey matter which is responsible for muscle control, decision-making, and self-control 

These are just a few of the benefits of meditation so, schedule meditation sessions and lean back to peace and tranquility.

Improve yourself in the best ways you can


If this year kicked you around by having it deal you with mishaps and problems, try to look at yourself; assess yourself that maybe, the problem is sometimes in you. Try to improve yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It won’t hurt to try to improve yourself; if you cannot help others to change, start changing yourself.

Start Saving


When the next year comes to open, it is considered to be one of the best times to save money, and why? Because psychologically, it makes our brains think and it persuades ourselves more because everything is great, everything is new. Start saving on the 1st day of January 2017 and progress as the days go by. You’ll be shocked and excited when you notice your consistency.

Start Investing


Afraid of taking risks? Well, it is the new year, might as well plan on investing so that before 2017 ends, you would already have called yourself a risk-taker. Study investing and think about what it can do to you as a person. You will be fearless, you would study harder, you would benefit from failing because you would know what to do the next time you invest. In the long-run, you can find yourself swimming in a pool of success just because you took the leap and you risked what you have.

Write a Business Plan


I am not saying to start up a business right away when 2017 starts, all I’m saying is that you write a business plan so that you would have the ability to foresee what you can achieve in the business industry. Start by deciding on what you want to put up as your business, canvassing every cost you will make, planning business strategies, marketing, etc. You got to start somewhere, right?

Discover New Hobbies


Focus on being happy for yourself; do not always try to find your happiness in others. Learn new skills and discover new things for yourself. Take writing as an example; learn writing to express yourself effectively and emotionally. Practice smiling every time you need to see one, have fun and discover new things that you can do that would of course benefit you in whatever ways you can imagine.

Read More Books


Count the books you have read this year and try to double it in 2017. Reading is a means of learning, it is one way of showing yourself and the world that you have the mindset of learning on your own and from other people simultaneously. Yes, it might not be very beneficial physically but mentally and psychologically, you can be a pro, a guru of some sort if you read many books.

Incorporate prayer in your Daily Life


Many of us forget giving thanks when we are handed blessings in life. A lot of us tend to oversee what we have become that’s why we fail to remember God in every aspect we do. When the new year comes, try to deliver a short and simple prayer to give thanks to a brand new year ahead of us. We are given a new 365-day adventure, wouldn’t you be thankful for that?


These are just some of the few best ideas you can make for yourself this year. I am sure there are a lot more than that. Do you have any ideas of good and beneficial new year’s resolution that you can share to us? Did we miss out on some things we have listed above? Plan your new year and execute it accordingly so that you can have a start in living a new and grateful life.

5 Coziest Coffee Shops in and around the Metro

November 03, 2016
Whether it’d be for studying, for relaxing, hanging out, or simply a chill time with yourself, nothing beats a good ‘ole cup of coffee at an extremely serene and peaceful ambiance. Yes, whenever we talk about coffee, we immediately think of famous coffee shops or cafés like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, UCC, etc., but there are coffee shops that offer less expensive treats and a more peaceful and tantalizing atmosphere. In this article, we will be sharing to you 5 of the coziest coffee shops in Metro Manila.



Caravan Black


When you think about it, the name sounds so sophisticated, well-thought of, and professional. Well yes, Caravan Black can bring out the hipster in you because of how it is designed and the drinks and treats that they can offer. It was recently opened in BGC (Taguig) and is still in its soft opening. With its design, atmosphere, and people, you will surely feel that you are in a place dedicated to sophistication and style.

4th Ave. cor. 27th St., Net Park Bldg., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Instagram.com/caravanblackcoffee


Shutter Café


“Shutter,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word? A camera, right? Photos, pictures, fun moments, etc. To tell you, this coffee shop in Tomas Morato is booming; with its photography-designed theme and vintage designs, this place is perfect for a snap to be posted on Instagram. Shutter Café does not only serve drinks with caffeine, they also serve fruit and milk teas, frappes, etc.

118 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St cor Tomas Morato near Tomas Morato, Sacred Heart, Diliman, Quezon City

(02) 413-6628

Instagram.com/shutter_cafe


Yardstick Coffee


Who says you can’t have a special time in coffee shops? The Yardstick at Legazpi Village, Makati stands to that saying. It actually is not difficult to fall in love with this place because of its big windows, serene ambiance, good light, you can really take time to yourself in this place. Its location is a perfect spot for relaxation because it resides in a quiet part of one of the busiest places here in the Philippines. Coffee, pastries, and other sorts of beverages can surely be found here.

G/F Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati.

Instagram.com/YardStickCoffee


Tenant


Probably one of my favorite places to hang out on because of the style and fashion that this place projects. It is a store/coffee shop that showcases fashion, sophistication, and trend. Since it is located in Makati, you can be assured that people who go here won’t just go here to make noise and to bug other people. Yes, it is safe to conclude that people go here to relax, share stories, and to take time in appreciating the beauty of fashion itself. They offer pastries, bread, different types of beverages, wine, and beer – yup, definitely one of my favorites.

G/F Solace Hotel, 9639 Kamagong St., San Antonio Village, Makati

+63 2 751-3086

Instagram.com/tenantmanila


Eight Ounce Coffee


Probably peculiar because of its location beside a gasoline station in Shaw boulevard but what they offer can certainly blow your minds away. It is a coffee shop slash kitchen from where you can order hot meals and beverages of different kinds. They also have cold brew bottles which will certainly catch those taste buds of yours.

1227 Pasig Boulevard, Pineda, Pasig

+ 63 2 650-5873

Instagram.com/eightounceph

How to Cool down your hot car quickly

October 18, 2016
Heat is a major issue here in the Philippines and it is getting hotter and hotter each and every day. For people who have cars, traveling is not really an issue because most vehicles have fair air-conditioning. One thing they should be thinking of is when they leave their cars under the sun for a time. It is such a frustration to get inside a car that is scorching with heat and of course, it bugs everyone for a few minutes until it cools down. Here in the Philippines, the weather is unpredictable and therefore, you need a few tips and reminders on how you can cool your car as quickly as possible.
How to Cool down your hot car quickly

Why bother to cool down a hot car when in fact it can cool eventually? Well some people might have this question in mind and to tell you, I also asked this question but after knowing its effects, I then ignored the question.
  • HEAT STROKE. The number one reason why you should consider cooling down your car with wits.
  • If you have kids or pets, their health might be affected negatively because of the stored heat inside your car.
  • The heat can damage the things inside your car such as gadgets, shoes, clothes, even paper.
These are just some of the things that you might experience if you neglect the idea of cooling down your car before you actually hop into it. To avoid these, here are a few of the tips that we have gathered to help you with this dilemma.

Use a sunshade


Sunshades are the things that would be very beneficial in times like this; these are the foil-like structures that people place in their windshields and windows to protect the interior of your car to heat up. The foil-like structure lets the heat bounce back thus, failing to enter the car.

Ensure that your sunshade covers the whole of the windshield because that’s where most of the heat comes from.

The air-condition strategy


Some people just use the air-conditioning system to put the heat away but instead, latching unto that idea does not seem to hasten the process. You can use air-conditioning but you should have vents on your windows instead. Give it a 5-minute rest and from there, I can assure you that the heat is tolerable.

You can also turn the engine together with the air-conditioning on while the windows are down and start driving to let the wind outside blow through the interior of your car so that it cools down faster – A little sacrifice for the long-term benefit.

The little space technique


Some people are aware of the heat when they leave their cars in open spaces so what they do is they leave a slight space in their windows so that when it gets heated up, the heat can escape through the spaces in the windows. Just make sure that the space is not that noticeable to avoid robbery or even carnapping.

All-in-one


Not to state the obvious but you can do all of these things at once in order for you to have the assurance that your car won’t get heated up at the maximum level. You can have sunshades, do the air-conditioning strategy, and the window spaces techniques. Doing this can prevent your car to lock the heat inside your car and can even disallow the heat from staying inside. Be mindful of security because leaving your cars in open space with windows even slightly open is a risk.

Summer is far but as I’ve mentioned, the weather here in the Philippines is unpredictable so it will be better if we just stay prepared. And besides, when summer comes and you have an open-space parking, you won’t be confused and you won’t panic on what you should do to avoid locking the heat inside of your vehicle.

LTO to implement 5-year license validity

October 16, 2016
After all the talks and rumors about the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) next move, this month is the month that the LTO finally calls the curtain about this. Early this year, there were sayings that the LTO plans on having a 5-year validity of the licenses and just a few days ago, it was officially released. A lot of things will change and these changes might or might not affect you but to shorten this and to get straight to the point, let us look deeper into this very good news.
LTO to implement 5-year license validity
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Starting this October year 2016, new drivers and licenses will have a 5-year validity meaning, the ID’s or licenses they would have will be valid for a good five years. Hooray for the new order because it will be very much beneficial since we won’t be hustling to LTO offices every after three years. This change is per Administrative Order No. 2016-034 of the Land Transportation Office.

What if I already have a license; do I have to apply for a new one?


Existing licenses will have the same validity until it is renewed. For example, your license will be expired this coming March; it won’t extend 2 years but renewing it this coming March will let it enter the 5-year validity order. In line with this is of course increase in the payments for both new and renewal applications.

How much would the new application and renewal fee cost?


We are used to just paying somewhere around P350. 00 for our new license, right? If it’s done in the right way, of course but now, the new application for a driver’s license would be P585. 00 which is obviously somewhere around 50% higher than what we are used to pay. If we were to include the application fee and the computer fees, in estimation you would have to pay P820. 26 for that. Renewal then costs P652. 63 and that is of course not including the penalties, the cost of the medical examination, etc.

We have had the problems of “no stock of cards” in many LTO Offices and of course, the body anticipated for that to happen. If in any case replacement cards or the new cards are not available when you renew your license, the official receipt of renewal can be used as a means that a new card is on its way to you. This simply means that the old card is still valid until the time comes that new cards are available.

This time, the government is really making it up to us by giving us benefits that we have been wanting for a very long time; having driver’s licenses extend its validity for two years is already a lot and we cannot thank you enough for that. I just hope that this is the start of change in the Land Transportation Office’s side and we hope that more good changes come.

Number Coding Window Hours

October 13, 2016
Because of the ramping amount of cars we have in our country today, having all of those go in one single moment can cause not only traffic, but congestions and accidents as well. In the Metro, we have few simple ways of controlling the volume of cars that go on roads everyday but in this article, we are going to share the most common way of controlling that volume and that is the number coding. Yes, we are going to give you the window hours of cities in Metro Manila that you should take note of in order for you to be aware and not pay penalty fees for it.

Number Coding Window Hours

Just to be clear, there is a penalty if you drive during your number coding day. If your plate number ends on a specific number, you are not allowed to let the car out during the day when it is observed. The number coding is as follows:

  • 1 and 2 - Monday 
  • 3 and 4 - Tuesday
  • 5 and 6 - Wednesday
  • 7 and 8 - Thursday
  • 9 and 0 - Friday

The number coding is suspended on the weekends. During special and national holidays, suspension of the number coding is also strictly observed. Take note that the number coding might be stretched before or after the date of the holidays. The penalty for not abiding to this is Php300. 00 and that, to tell you is the minimum amount – that is to be paid at the redemption center in Makati (Orense Street).

Of course, people would not agree with this without any considerations or thoughts. The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or also commonly known as the number coding scheme starts at 7:00pm – 7:00am. We would like to thank metromaniladirections.com for approving these exemptions from Director Virgel De Dios and the Office of the MMDA Chairman Inocentes:
  1. Marikina, Muntinlupa, and Taguig contains no number coding so drivers and other people can be carefree in driving around without the fear of getting stopped by authorities. But it is strictly enforced in National Roads like East Service Road, Manuel L. Quezon, C5, etc.
  2. The whole of Pasig City has window hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm.
  3. Makati and Las Pinas do not have window hours so that is the normal 7:00pm – 7:00am.
  4. Pasay City has number coding except on the following roads: Ninoy Aquino Avenue, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Portions of Airport Road, Sales Road, Tramo and some parts of Buendia.
  5. EDSA, C5, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Blvd (Pasay), all other National, City, and Municipal Roads have window hours regardless of the city (meaning one can drive via EDSA in Makati any day).
  6. For the rest of Metro Manila (Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Malabon, Navotas, parts of Pasay, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela) number coding is in effect (window hours of 10am-3pm is also observed).
  7. The city of Parañaque implements the Number Coding Scheme, including the window hours (10:00am - 3:00pm), in the following roads:
  • San Antonio Avenue, Pres. Aguinaldo St., Dominique Savio St., Japan St., Michael Rua St., and -France St. in Barangay Don Bosco.
  • East Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to FTI Parañaque area.
  • West Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to Merville Park Subdivision Parañaque area.

Here are the updates of the window hours of the main cities in our country. Note that it changes from time to time so it’s best to contact the MMDA metrobase at 882-4151 – 77 local 213 and 255. Now you know the window hours of the number coding scheme, so it is best to follow rules and regulations in order to let yourself out of trouble

Beating the Modern Manila Traffic

October 13, 2016
If you have been living and working in the cities, you most likely had a taste of the Manila traffic. You also then would know what time this traffic comes into play. To cut things short, almost everyone who travels in the Metro are aware of this and just accepted the fact that the traffic is a natural phenomenon. Many leaders planned on dissolving this by coming up with ideas but none ever became successful. People devised a few ways on how you can break from stress when you are under the MNL traffic and here are a few of those.

Beating the Modern Manila Traffic

The magic of Waze


Recently, an app had been introduced to us to help us get from one point to another in the fastest ways possible. This application is called Waze and many people have been using it. Uber drivers, Grab drivers, even normal citizens use this in order to beat the traffic and to get to their destinations in the best and fastest ways possible.

You need to first download the free app on your Play Store or Apple Store and from there, you can start using it.

Being a nightcrawler


Few people travel during the times when people are scarce; the times when it is not office hours, when it is just dawn, or such times when people are still asleep or already asleep. Traveling during these hours can help you get to your destination faster because there are less volume of cars and less people in the streets.

Traveling at 5am is safe but traveling at 6am is already traffic. Until 11pm, traffic is heavy in EDSA and in some parts of Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Marcos highway. Traffic is really unpredictable but it is for certain that it is not yet existent earlier than 5am.

Commuting is actually a goodie


Driving with the awareness that traffic might consume you is a bit bummer. Many people consider and choose commuting over driving because when they commute, they can do other things that can entertain them that would not be appropriate when driving. These things are:

  • Chat with friends and relatives
  • Browse the internet
  • Sleep

These three are the main things you can do if you are commuting and hell you cannot do these things while you are driving. Another thing is that if you commute, you can save tons of amounts for gas and it can let you rest while you are in the passenger area.

Kill time before traveling


If you attend work and you have a schedule that touches office hours, then you probably think and think of going into war because of the traffic. Find activities you can do before heading home like sitting and having a coffee for an hour or two, going to the mall, eating with office mates, friends, or relatives, and other activities that can kill time.

Traveling is not an easy task; it is not also a difficult one if you know how to. Know the ins and outs of the Metro and how you can get to your destination by sacrificing, and thinking smart. The traffic is very unpredictable especially now. It is up to you how you handle and avoid the general Metro Manila traffic.
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