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THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS LABOR OFFICE (POLO)

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)
160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 200,
Toronto, Ontario M4P 3B5
Tel. No. (416) 9758252
Fax No. (416) 9758277
Hotline 647 9927656
polotrt@bellnet.ca


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    Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

    Tommy and Fortunata want to get married in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Tommy is Canadian while Fortunata is Filipina and a native of Batac…

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    AMENDMENT TO SECTION 4 OF THE MANUAL OF REGULATIONS ON FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS (FX MANUAL) - CROSS-BORDER TRANSFER OF LOCAL CURRENCY

    As part of the continuing efforts of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to keep its regulations attuned to the needs of the country’s growing economy including providing greater flexibility to travelers to and from the Philippines, we are pleased to advise that the Monetary Board has approved the issuance of Circular No. 922 Series of 2016 increasing from PHP10,000.00 to PHP50,000.00 the amount of legal tender Philippine currency that may be imported/ brought in and / or exported/ brought out of the country physically or electronically without prior authority from the BSP. The new policy became effective on 15 September 2016.

    View BSP Circular No. 922

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    Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Online Processing System

    REQUIREMENTS for acquiring Overseas Employment Certificate (FOR NON-EXEMPT WORKERS) & OWWA membership:

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    RULES ON BRINGING PHILIPPINE PESOS AND/OR FOREIGN CURRENCIES INTO OR OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES

    1. For Philippine pesos (which include legal tender Philippine notes and coins, checks, money order and other bills of exchange drawn in pesos against banks operating in the Philippines):
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    Use of Names

    Authority of the Consul General to Correct Clerical or Typographical Errors or Change of Name in the Civil Register

    Troy needs a new passport in connection with his application for landed immigrant status. Troy’s old passport shows his first name as “Teroy” following the entries in his official birth and baptismal certificates. In all his personal and official records since his elementary days, however, (e.g., transcript of records, driver’s license, diploma) Troy had consistently written and used “Troy” as his first name. Wanting to make his…

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    Donations to the Philippines

    Any individual, group, or organization abroad can send donations to the Philippines. To avail of duty-free entry of donations, however, there are certain conditions and requirements that have to be complied with under existing rules and regulations governing the importation of donations. There are specific items which may be allowed duty-free entry, as there are organizations/ entities in the Philippines that are allowed to receive donations on a duty-free basis…

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    Foreign Donations

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    Reversion of Maiden

    Under Article 370 of the New Civil Code of the Philippines, Filipino women have the prerogative to choose their surname after marriage. The option includes retention of maiden name or the use of the surname of the husband. As a general rule, since the use of the husband’s surname is not obligatory, a married woman may retain to her maiden name…

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    Salient Points of the Republic Act 9255: An Act Amending Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines

    Do you know that an illegitimate child may now use the surname of their father?

    This long-awaited move was made possible upon the signing of Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on 24 February 2004, Republic Act 9255 entitled “An Act Allowing Illegitimate Children to Use the Surname of Their Father, Amending for the Purpose Article 176 of Executive Order No. 209, otherwise known of “Family Code of the Philippines”...

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