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"Anti-Elder Abuse Act," Approved By House Panel

March 06, 2018
The House Bill 7030 or the “Anti-Elder Abuse Act” provides strong penalties for abuses committed against the elderly since it was never right to even plot on abusing people.


The bill's scope would be in "elderly abuse" as a “single or repeated, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to a senior citizen.”

The House committee on population and family relations last week approved a surrogate bill in quest of defending senior citizens from any form of violent behavior , cruelty, abuse, neglect or abandonment, economic or domestic violence, exploitation and coercion, especially acts harmful to their personal safety, security, dignity or any discriminatory act committed against senior citizens by any person within or without the family abode  which result or is likely to result in physical or psychological harm, and suffering or distress.

Domestic violence refers to acts or threats of violence on a senior citizen committed by:

  1. The current or former spouse of the victim;
  2. People/person related by blood or marriage to the victim;
  3. A person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim;
  4. A person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  5. People/persons who are/is or has/have been in the social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and
  6. A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim or by any other person, if the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction of the victim provide for legal protection of the victim.
There is an act of violence against a senior citizen if there is neglect by denial or failure to execute obligations or duties of a person who has fiduciary liability to provide care for the senior citizen, to include failure of a home service provider to provide necessary care, refusal to provide a senior citizen, and abandonment or desertion by leaving a senior citizen unattended at a place for such a considerable length of time, as may likely to endanger the health and welfare of a senior citizen, by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for the senior citizen, or by a person with custody of the senior citizen.

The bill proposes the following penalties to people who will neglect the act:

  1. Acts of violence constituting attempted, frustrated or consummated parricide or homicide shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Revised penal Code;
  2. Acts of violence under this Act resulting in mutilation shall be punishable in accordance with the Revised Penal Code, provided that those resulting in serious physical injuries shall be punishable with the penalty of prision mayor;
  3. Those resulting in less serious physical injuries shall be punishable by prision correccional and those resulting in slight injuries shall be punished by arresto mayor; and
  4. And all other acts of violence under this bill shall be punishable by prision correccional and a fine of P100,000 to P300,000.
It was a good thing that the house okays this act. A simple bill of this would go great miles and can even improve the welfare of the elderly, also the people.

Sources: Tribune, Politics

Congress Approves Proposed Bill Doubling Senior Citizen’s Social Pension

March 05, 2018
The House Bill 7227 entitled "Expanded Senior Citizen Social Pension Act" which mandates the government to double the monthly remuneration of indigent senior citizens of their monthly Social Security Pension (SSS) pension was finally approved by the House Committee on population.

This bill was proposed by Representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano and was approved by the House of Representatives. In addition to the proposal, she added that the Php500 social pension is not even enough to cover for their medical expenses. In which, the act of the bill being approved is just about right.

The award of social pension is needed to be review every two (2) years by the Congress, in consultation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) within three months after summoning the Congress.

In the  previous years, as we are all aware of, each indigent senior citizen is entitled to a monthly pension amounting to Php 500.00 to augment their day by day survival and also to cover their medical expenses.

Bayan  Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said, “The bill removed such requirements as "frail, sickly or with disability" in order to avail of the pension.”

The bill also states that the pension should be available to all senior citizens, including those without income, without pension and those receiving a minimum of P3,500 pension from SSS and others.
According to Representative Sol Aragones, chair of the committee, this measure was already approved in the lower house and will be filed soon in preparation for its second reading at the plenary to be enacted as law.

As we all can see, this bill is directed to improve the ways of living of Senior citizen’s in our country; one good way of assisting them for they are not anymore able to work like when they were young. Moreover, this approval shall be reviewed every two (2) years to know if the bill suffices the needs of each senior citizen.

Negosyong Pinoy: The Karinderya Business

March 01, 2018
We Filipinos are slaves for food; wherever you are, when you know what's good to eat, you would go there, right? Now, cities are mostly populated by malls, fastfood chains, restaurants, and such. In these places, people have forgotten the classic karinderya which served homemade dishes special for you. If you haven't had the chance to experience it, let me give you a brief background as to what it is.
Image: GMA

karinderya or a small canteen is an establishment that serves the mass in terms of the food they eat. In a sense, these karinderyas are widely spread before and can be seen almost everywhere.

When you enter a karinderya, you will be greeted by the luscious aroma of the food they're preparing. Depending on how big the canteen is would be the number of dishes they will serve. You will feel nostalgic because you would be remembering what your lola has been cooking before; or your mother every Sunday lunch time with all of your family members gathered in one table.
Since the dawn of the retail business and fastfood, a lot of people had forgotten karinderyas for good. However, there are still people who patronize karinderyas for a number of reasons:
  • Homemade feel
  • Price
  • Choices to choose from
Wouldn't it be nice to own this kind of business? Wouldn't it make you feel better that you're serving fellow Filipinos with what they love doing the most?

Let's start from scratch, what are the things I would need to put up this kind of business?

To tell you frankly, you don't need hundreds of thousands to put up this business. If you live in a place where a lot of people pass through like highways, in a village where  you're near the go-to place of people, and such, this is actually the perfect scenario for you since you don't have to pay rent anymore and you don't need to think about renovation that much. Although you can of course make your place look appealing, it won't be that costly; plus, you're not required to ask for permission from anyone else.
But the things you would need are:
  • Business permits
  • A clear strategy on which days you will serve certain dishes
  • Materials
  • An assistant
  • A chef
  • Clean area

Business permits

Of course, any business has these and besides, you might be penalized if you don't have them. Getting them is easy, there are a lot of online guides and I can guarantee that it won't cost you a sweat.
Read: How to process business permits in the Philippines
If you're asking for costs, there are costs and to give you a rough estimation, it will be dependent on where your business is residing.

The menu

Nobody likes to eat the same thing twice, right? This is why your technique in planning the menu should be crisp and clean. If you're planning to have 5 meat/fish viands plus 2 vegetables, that would be sufficient enough to earn you a fortune in a day. However, that won't happen unless the people pulls themselves to your business. And how will that happen? If they like what you cook.
  • Study your market, make surveys
  • Let them taste your recipe for free and then spread the news to them
  • Ensure that your dishes are well-thought of
  • Cleanliness is a number one factor in this game so make sure to keep your dishes clean
  • In a week, prepare 10-12 dishes that would be shuffled daily; plan it out as well as to how your rotation works
  • Vegetables are a must and could be a game-changer for your business as it can be put in dishes as add-ons, extras, etc.
To give you an example, the common delicacies offered in karinderyas are:
  • Pork steak
  • Pecadillo
  • Sinigang na baboy
  • Chopseuy
  • Adobong manok/baboy
  • Lechon Kawali
  • Lumpiang Shanghai
These are just examples, of course. If you know other dishes that you think would suit your market, let them try it first and make a survey if they'll be willing to eat if they see that in your store.

The materials

You can't just keep the food inside your kitchen and not display it, right? This is where most of the expenses will come - in buying equipment. For a simple and basic karinderya, the things you would need are:
  • 2 burner stove top
  • Rice cooker
  • Refrigerator
  • Bain Marie/Food warming pans
  • Trays
  • Utensils
If you have all of these, then you're more than prepared and all you need is just the technique on what to cook and the food you will be serving. Some of these things can be quite a hurt in our pockets so how can we save in buying the required equipment?
  • Try to find them online. Most online stores and shops offer them for less than their original price
  • Attend auctions, you don't know that the auctions are actually gems. I had a friend who bought a cabinet, a chest type freezer, and a set of utensils for just Php1, 500.00
  • Tables and chairs are also cheap at auctions or you can buy them second-hand.
  • Food warming pans are a lot cheaper and can be used as a substitute for a Bain Marie.

Your assistant and your chef

Let's not disregard the fact that you won't be earning a sum of thousands yet in a day. This is why you should cut down your employees first. Try to manage and be the cashier or the first few months and when you project that it's coming to a successful leap, that's the time you hire more and expand.

Your assistant

If you have a relative, a close friend, or someone who wants to do the business with you, you can ask them to be your assistant first. You can't hire an assistant from ads or get them from jobstreet; this might cause your business to fail. It would be best if you can have an assistant close to you so that person is someone you can trust fully.

Your chef

If you can cook well, then you need to be the chef to cut down the cost of your employees. Again, when you're starting, the chef cannot be someone you don't fully know because it can break or disperse the business. Remember, your dealing with a karinderya or a canteen; good food is what your clients are looking for so you better think about cooking.
You can deal with cooking yourself, you just have to exert extra effort for this because if you plan on working/serving two (2) shifts, you need to wake up extra early and to sleep late at night.

Clean area

In addition to everything else, the cleanliness and orderliness of your space is also one kicker. Try to put yourself in your clients' shoes; would you eat if you see a dirty area? Would you be willing to dig in or even enter a place that has a foul smell?

Invest in the cleanliness and neatness of your karinderya as it can attract customers as well. How can I ensure that my space is clean and that people will be attracted to go inside my business?
  • Never let a finished dish sit on a table for more than 3 minutes
  • Be mindful of the area, sweep the floor, mop it, and clean it whenever a customer is not inside
  • Use electric fans and mosquito coils to keep those critters away
  • Never take for granted the spots that drop into the tables; clean them right away
  • Make it a habit to store ingredients properly, it would go a long way
  • Knives, cutting boards, woks, and pans can always be forgotten. Make sure to wash them constantly because you never know what type of bacteria got into that
  • Never reuse oil more than twice as it can change a certain dish's taste. Moreover, recycling oil can be bad for everyone's health. After usage, dispose them properly.
The success of your canteen depends on the management itself, not really the food. If you are in a location where people is abundant, then you don't have to worry about your food tasting magical, you just need proper management. Another reason why I mentioned that assistants and chef should be trustworthy and has a business mindset when you're starting is because of management.

What are the things that I should be aware of in managing and controlling?

Of course, there are variables you can't control like the taste of your clients, how much people will come in to eat, and if people would recommend your business or not. However, there are certain factors that you can control that can strongly complement your business's success:

  • Make sure to keep at least 50-60% of the sales everyday and use them for the next day's ingredients.
  • If you have an empty lot or if you're comfortable in using your house as the location, do so. Rent is the number one killer of profit especially in high-people volume areas.
  • Have a target everyday and it should be feasible. Try and compute for the total capital you've put up and your target everyday should be at least 30% of your expenses.
  • Test your food. As mentioned earlier, before your grand opening, test it out with your market first; ask them for their opinion, make surveys, and consider all of those.
  •  Keep in mind that there will be people to try to have credits, lay the law and do not allow these things. These simple things can ruin the business
  • When you expand, your employees might think and be confident that they can use ingredients for their own food. You might think that's okay but it's not; be strict when it comes to commodities.
  • Track your expenses and your inventory. Even when you're just planning to start your business, practice money management and inventory tracking. This is a habit you should practice to avoid failing.
If you love food and you're looking to have extra income, then what are you waiting for? Gather up everything and start with those permits. Who knows? Maybe one day, you'll have a chance to own 15 of these chains nationwide.

Certificate Of Good Conduct, Not Required Until June 2018

February 20, 2018
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)  is one way of Filipinos to fully and successfully provide for their families' needs. That being said, over 2 million Filipinos took their chances abroad in 2016. Now, it is estimated to be somewhere around 10 million. In a previous post, we mentioned that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be imposing stricter rules of deployment. Moreover, aspiring workers to be working in the UAE must need to submit a certificate of good conduct.

Image: Gulfnews

However in a previous Facebook post by Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, he said there that Filipinos working in the UAE whether it'd be for applying for a new visa or transffering to a new company, they won't be required to submit a certificate of good conduct until June 2018.

This was seen in his Facebook profile on the 15th of February and this is as per the UAE Ministry of Labor. Although this is the case, starting June 2018, it will auotmatically start. Thus, obtaining NBI clearances and it being a part of the main requirements is an expectation.

In our post, we also stated that this was strictly implemented starting the 4th of February 2018 for all expats in the UAE applying for a working visa. Tips, requirements, and procedure was mentioned in a previous post we had and for those of you looking to work here, it is a MUST that you view this.
This post is dedicated on explaining what the certificate of good conduct is for, a few reminders on how you can get it, and what importance is has if you're looking to work in the UAE or even overseas.
In this video above, Consul General Raymund Cortes is giving us a rough idea on what the certificate of goodwill or good conduct is. Thankfully, he gives us tips and techniques on how we can be successful in both applying and being approved for a profession in the UAE.

This is the latest update that we've had in this context, if you are planning to work there, stay tuned for updates. Who knows? Maybe one thing will lead to another and the Ministry of Labor will lift this requirement?

National Technical and Vocation Education and Training by TESDA on February 27-28, 2018

February 19, 2018
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, (TESDA) has been helping a lot of Filipinos in getting jobs ever since they came around. This year, they will give more opportunities to aspiring people. They will be giving TESDA graduates a chance to find jobs through the National Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Enrollment and Job Bridging on the 27th and 28th of February this year.

As we all know, TESDA is an institution focused on giving skills training and development without any cost for people who want to go to the Vocational and Technological field. This year, they'll be offering more help and assistance to those people who would be needing it the most.

This TVET enrollment and jobs bridging will be held simultaneously in different areas. This is so that people may take advantage of the opportunity to apply and educate themselves through TESDA. Not only that, this event will also allow graduates from the institution to find respective and reputable jobs for themselves. Take note that different LGU complexes, municipalities, provincial stadiums are the types of places where this will be held.

Director General Guiling Mamondiong of TESDA said, "This activity will be conducted in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs), Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and Regional/Provincial Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), companies/industries, Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs), and other stakeholders."  As per the Director, the goal of this event is to help spread its programs, services, and knowledge with the help of the local government and its officials, affiliates, and the employment platform as well.

Moreover, Directory General Mamondiong also revised the granting of TESDA scholarships to ensure that new training and learning will be properly absorbed and of course be used in professional purposes.

Enrollment for TVET programs will be open to Filipinos ages fifteen (15) and up. Filipinos who are showing interest in Technical-Vocational courses and programs are invited to join and to see if eligible for it.

Like any other application, you would need to bring certain requirements:
  • Valid NSO/PSA-Certified Birth Certificate
  • 1 x 1 photos
TEDA graduates who would be willing to attend the said event to find a profession would be required to bring their TESDA certificates and bio-data. 

This is a nationwide event that would not only help people in being aware of what TESDA offers but also to help graduates of the institution to find the tailor-fit career for them.

Walk-In Passport Application For First Time OFWs Soon As Per DFA

February 12, 2018
OFWs are currently enjoying their privilege in courtesy lanes at any Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Offices nationwide. Yes, that priority is a good thing however, how about those aspiring OFWs that are yet to have this perk?

Image: Wikipedia

Nowadays, jobs to different countries require a job offer and that would be a hassle to first-timers.

The walk-in OFW passport application program is a project of the DFA that would be in effectivity soon. Under this policy, Filipinos that are to travel for work; those that have a job offer should easily be accepted for a passport without any appointment.

With this, overseas recruitment agencies can easily endorse applicants without a sweat. In calculation, this would accommodate over 1, 500 applicants per day in all 32 DFA regional offices.

"The recruitment industry is inclined to accept this proposal as a temporary solution to their problems of securing passports for their applicants who have to be deployed as soon as possible to avoid the expiration of visas and as required by their employers," they said.

Although the DFA has not yet disclosed when this program will start, Filipinos can now look forward to it. On the other hand, the organization is currently looking at complaints that revolve around "unreasonable, irrelevant, and filler requirements" for identification cards. As per the DFA, they were able to receive these complaints from employers in different parts of the archipelago: Zamboanga, Legaspi, and Davao.

On one end, these requirements set by the DFA caused frustration and annoyance to aspiring Filipinos. This led to many frustrations sometimes discouragement to people who want to work abroad.

These requirements are not originally and finally set by the main DFA; these are set by the DFA Regional Offices and applicants in those regions said that these are "over an above the minimum requirements that ordinary applicants need." 

At first, you may think that this planned program of the DFA is easy to accomplish. In reality, there are tons of Filipinos aspiring to work overseas for the first time; accommodating all of them in one go is not an easy task. The Department of Foreign Affairs is trying their best to push this through because this program will not only make things easier, it will also promote the welfare of working overseas.

BPO Subsector: Special Tax Rate Removed?

February 07, 2018
One of the reasons or possibilities that make doing business costly in the Philippines is the special tax rate. Moreover, there are recent news about this important matter given out by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), scrapped off the special tax rate that helped a subsector of the BPO or Business Process Outsourcing industry for a very long time.

There was a tax advisory released last January 31 of this year with BIR Commissioner Ceasar Dulay stating that employees are now bound to regular income tax rates if they were employed by regional operating headquarters and regional headquarters (ROHQs/RHQs).

Before, employees are obliged to pay 15 percent of their gross income but now rules were different and changed since President Duterte has already signed and passed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law last year December.

Ever since, a lot of uncertainties showed up putting thousands of jobs at risk. As a matter of fact, last year before December ends and before this advisory was given, there was a risk or danger for the fate of roughly 5, 000 workers who much appreciated the Preferential Tax Rate or PTR.

According to the TRAIN law that was passed December of last year, the industry was allowed to maintain the PTR only if the ROHQs and RHQs were established before 2018. Upcoming companies or businesses who are willing or would like to invest in the Philippines beginning of this year will not be allowed or granted of this claim based on the law.

A few days after the TRAIN law was processed and submitted, President Rodrigo Duterte authorized the tax claim and many gave their sides or comments about it. Tax experts and the industry itself are giving out specific problems that might occur in the future because of this claim and many got confused about the interpretations of the claim. Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters Inc. (PAMURI) then stated that the status quo must be retained as it was said in the TRAIN law.

Establishers of these ROHQs and RHQs are the Multinational companies (MNCs) with the purpose of catering to branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates in the global market. MNCs are actually a great help to the Philippines for it gives a lot of opportunities and jobs to its citizens. Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters Inc. (PAMURI) recently gave a statement about the MNCs; “MNCs relied heavily on the PTR in making their business decision.” Thinking that having a different tax rate for this 2018 will really give a huge impact on the business decisions of these MNCs.

The Philippines is just almost the same as of Hong Kong’s tax rate which ranges from 2 percent to 17 percent personal income tax. Singapore, whose tax starts from 0 percent up to 22 percent personal income tax, and Philippines being at 15 percent personal income tax.

As of what was said in the upper portion of this article, the TRAIN law has only two claims that could be granted of PTR, the first claim that permitted the special tax rate, and the second claim with ROHQs and RHQs that existed before the TRAIN law was approved and that’s before 2018.

Frustrations in this discussion according to PAMURI, was the president of the Philippines (Duterte) who only authorized a part or portion of the said provision. Question is, will the allowed special rate still be applicable if President Duterte only authorized a portion of it?

According to Pamuri’s last statement, “In order to give effect to [the provision] that still remains in the law as well as the veto message, the correct interpretation should be that ROHQ/RHQs registered before January 1, 2018 shall continue to be entitled to the PTR,”

Would this be a good strategy for the economy of the Philippines? Or would this be a saturated claim that would eventually lead to the downfall of both the Philippine System and its countrymen? With this law, workers of the BPO sector must pay their taxes accordingly. The law does not exempt their industry in this reform. Like all other workers in the country, the BPO subsector will soon start to experience "real tax" as some of Filipino workers would say.

Source/s: Inquirer, Interaksyon

Students And Alumni, San Beda College Is Now A University!

February 07, 2018
After more than a hundred years of maintaining its status, San Beda just recently got the university status. It was officially given this status last Tuesday, 6th of February 2018 after having its bid approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). As per the newly renowned university, the Commission En Banc approved its application at 11:43 A.M.

Image: Twitter

Since it was able to comply with the memorandum imposed by CHED (Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 46 series of 2012), they can now enjoy the benefits of being a university. In simpler terms, the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of BEDA has proven to be of great excellence and service; which is why they truly deserved the title of being a university. Taking it from the CHED

Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 46 series of 1996, an HEI "must have a Level III accreditation (or the Commission's equivalent) for at least four (4) of its undergraduate programs (one of which must be in the Arts and one in the Sciences) and for two its graduate programs."

"San Beda is expected to produce experts, knowledge, and technological innovations that can be resources for long-term development processes in the globalized context," said CHED in a press release. 

"As a university, San Beda College-Manila is expected to contribute to nation-building by providing highly-specialized educational experiences to train experts in the various technical and disciplinal areas, and by emphasizing the development of new knowledge and skills through research and development," they added.

 Moreover, CHED announced that San Beda is the 2nd private higher education institution to be granted the university status taking from the CMO No. 46 series of 2012. The Mapua Institute of Technology was the first one to be granted university status in May of last year.

San Beda College was founded by Benedictine monks in the year 1901 and continually improved in the fields of education, research, and development. Besides the establishment in Mendiola, Manila, San Beda also has two other sites in Alabang, Muntinlupa, and in Taytay, Rizal.

 San Beda also produced a number of notable identities namely President Rodrigo Duterte himself. Moreover, President Duterte also appointed a few members of his administration which are graduates of San Beda themselves.

Last 2016, there were reports stating that San Beda is running an application to be granted the status of a university. 2018 is a good start for the institution as it opens a lot more doors and opportunities for them to mold future leaders of the country.

Sources: GMA, Rappler

Certificate Of Good Conduct For OFWs in UAE

February 06, 2018
Beginning the 4th of February, 2018, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are attempting to get a job in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would be required to pass a Certificate of Good Conduct for them to be issued or granted a working permit.

In accordance with the reports of UAE Coordination Committee, aspiring OFWs would either need to get it from their country or the country where they’ve resided in the previous years. Moreover, this would deem good moral and eligibility to work in the UAE.

When the OFWs get a hold of this certificate, it will then be assessed or checked by the UAE Diplomatic Missions or Overseas Customer Happiness Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

So a lot of questions revolved around this topic and to set the expectation, not all would have an answer right away.
  • What is this?
  • What can OFWs who are already in the UAE do to have it?
  • Lastly, aspiring OFWs who are looking to work in the UAE; what can they do to acquire it?
In the heat of discussion for this proclamation, the Consul of Dubai, UAE, and Northern Emirates which is General Paul Raymond Cortes gave a statement regarding the instructions or tips on how to easily obtain it.
He posted a short video in his social media page giving his share of information and knowledge about this. He stated that the certificate of good conduct will be the “no criminal record” or the NBI Clearance that can be given by the consulate. Below are the instructions on how to obtain it:
  • OFWs in Dubai must go to the consulate and get a form number 5.
  • Fill up the form correctly and carefully.
  • The OFW then needs to go to the closest police station for fingerprinting.
  • The form then will be sent to the Philippines with a Special Power of Attorney or SPA (that can also be acquired in the consulate), which will be needed to authorize the representative of the OFW in the Philippines.
  • Lastly, the representative or designated person of the OFW must bring it to the DFA for authentication and then bring it to the UAE Embassy in the Philippines.
Consul General Cortes lastly said in the video that they will be releasing more instructions or guidelines in the next few days to help or inform OFWs more about this important matter.
As per other Middle Eastern countries, there are no news yet if they would be issuing the same requirements as the UAE.

DFA Announces To Temporarily Suspend One-Day Processing Of Authentication Documents

February 01, 2018
We all know that one better way of submitting documents is through DFA's authentication and certification. More commonly known as "red-ribboning," this process certainly authenticates a certain document or record. In a previous article we've written, we discussed what this process is and its importance.

DFA Red Ribbon

But to give you a quick refresher, the process of red ribbon documents is existent for many reasons. Whether you'd be needing it for education, employment overseas, or legal claims, some organizations and authorities require documents to undergo the process. Overall, the entire process is simple: you just have to submit your document to the Department of Foreign Affairs, submit it for validation, pay the fees and voila! You just now have to wait for it to be released.

After all, the red ribbon process is something that would display authenticity of the said documents.
Yesterday, a public advisory from the Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of the Consular Affairs was released. The announcement said that the one-day processing of red-ribbon documents would temporarily be suspended starting the 15th of February. Moreover, the suspension will run for a few days.

Verbatim from the office of the DFA:

DFA Red Ribbon Notice

The Department of Foreign Affairs–Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) wishes to inform the public that expedited (one working day) processing of documents for authentication (“red-ribbon”), and same-day release of documents issued by other government agencies will be suspended on 15 February and 19 February 2018 due to system maintenance and upgrade.

However, regular processing of documents for authentication (four working days) will still be available.

Online verification of issued authenticated documents by DFA-Aseana through the Authentication Verification System or AVS will also be unavailable during this time.

DFA-OCA apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause the public.
Operations are expected to return to normal by 20 February 2018.

That is the public advisory given out by the DFA to all people who are looking forward to doing the process of red-ribbon. As said in the advisory, the regular processing, which takes about a few days will still continue. This is a good heads-up for people in preparation of the red-ribbon processing. Although the DFA announces that the regular turnaround time for normal processing takes about 4 working days, it's still safe to expect it within 5-7 business days; not bad, eh?

In another news, the DFA also mentioned that they will be opening more slots for passport application this year. The reason for this suspension might be to make way for passport applications since thousands of Filipinos pay a visit to the DFA everyday.